A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor #2)

By: Kristi Ann Hunter

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Release Date: February 5th, 2019

Genres: Christian, Romance, Historical fiction

Pages: 352 Pages

Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Christian book, and anywhere else books are sold!

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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Daphne Blakemoor was perfectly happy living in her own secluded world for twelve years. She had everything she needed—loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination. But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes on, and the new marquis has an undeniable connection to her past, everything she’s come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect until his housekeeper turns his life upside down.

They’ve spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, find a new path for the future together?


I cannot put into words my love for this book. This book was a beautiful masterpiece. This book had me feeling so many emotions throughout the entire thing. This book had me laughing, sighing, squealing, and hiding underneath my pillow because a certain scumbag entered the house. I literally freaked out. My sister was looking at me so weirdly. This book also had me nearly crying.

I loved Daphne’s character. I related with her on a lot of things, well not all things, but a lot. She and I both have a wild imagination. I always am daydreaming and coming up with different situations in my brain. I loved her passion for the kids. Her love and compassion warmed my heart so much. I just love her character!!

William was also amazing. I loved getting to know him better. I loved how he treated Daphne and didn’t force anything on her. He also was an amazing man of God and you could see that in the way that he cared for everyone. Sure, he definitely had his faults but he, just like Daphne, became a changed person through the blood of Jesus.

This story was truly an inspirational one. I loved the message that is being portrayed in these books. It’s not everyday that you can pick up a book that is portraying a message like this. This is a message that I think a lot of people need to hear, especially those who have had sinned like these characters in the past.

The historical content in this book is impeccable and truly accurate to how times were back then. I was astonished at how well researched everything was. If there are any Jane Austen fans out there, this book series is for you!!

The ending of this book was really enjoyable to read except for the one part where a whole bunch of people came. Some people that I was very excited to see and others that I wanted to just punch! But page 354 was probably one of my favorite scene. I won’t say why because I would spoil some of the book for y’all but let me just say that it was hilarious!!

Overall this book was so beautifully written from the character to the message to even how historical accurate it was. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend picking up and reading this series. You will not regret it!! 😀

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. It did not have to be positive.

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About the Author

Kristi Ann Hunter

Kristi is the RITA® award winning author of Regency romance novels from a Christian worldview. Her books include the award winning Hawthorne House series as well as the newly published first stories of the Haven Manor series. Beyond writing, she is also speaker, teaching classes in writing as well as Biblical and spiritual topics. She has spoken to writers’ groups, schools, and young women’s groups at churches. 

When she is not writing or interacting with her readers, Kristi spends time with her family and her church. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a computer science degree, she can also be found fiddling with her computer in her free time. A born lover of stories she is also an avid reader. From very young she dreamed of sharing her own stories with others and praises God daily that she gets to live that dream today.

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