A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5) by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5)

Margaretta Fortescue desperately needs to disappear from London society, and her only hope is to follow the rumors of another young woman who recently made a life for herself away from the glare of society. Her search leads her to the market town of Marlborough where, in spite of her efforts to avoid attention, she can’t seem to elude local solicitor, Nash Banfield. All Nash wants is a quiet, sedate life—no risks or surprises. When Margarett...

Details A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5)

TitleA Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5)
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Novella, Christian Fiction, Regency, Historical Romance

Reviews A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5)

  • Beth
    A Search for Refuge is a lovely little story. Margaretta is an endearing character, and I found myself empathetic to her plight. I appreciated the realism that Hunter portrays in this story. Women had so few options without the care of a husband, brother, father, etc., and when those options weren't available to them, it was difficult indeed. Though his change of heart seemed a bit abrupt, Nash's protectiveness of those he cares about drew me in,...
  • Sydney Elaine
    I feel like this story may have done better as a full-fledged novel, because the plot seems pretty interesting and something that I would enjoy reading.However, while I liked it well enough at first, the more I got into it the more I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t really feel invested into the two main characters so their romance really did nothing for me.I don’t know. There are some historical inaccuracies that bother me a little, as ...
  • Hannah
    3.5 starsSome parts were confusing to try to read through, but overall this was a really enjoyable little story. Nash and Margaretta were an interesting couple and made a sweet pair in the end. I liked the exchange Nash and Mr. Fortescue had...also I'm looking forward to Katherine's story this summer.
  • Joleen
    Newly widowed Margaretta needs to escape from her late husband's brother. Traveling round-about routes to throw off anyone who might be following, and with only a modest amount of money, she takes mail coaches as far away from London as she can. The first woman she befriends, and my favorite character, Mrs. Lancaster, offers her a room above her store. But what Margaretta really wants is to find Katherine, a woman who also went into hiding, belie...
  • Andrea Boyd
    I look forward to the rest of this series. I hope to see more of my favorite character, Mrs. Lancaster!
  • Fiction Aficionado
    I love the premise behind this new series: Haven Manor—a place for young women who find themselves in ‘a delicate situation’, as they might say, where they can escape the scorn of society and receive the support they need. This novella is set about ten years before the first full-length novel in the series takes place (due to release 5 June 2018) and tells the story of how Haven Manor comes to be. There’s a little bit of intrigue, and I e...
  • Kristen
    This one was just ok for me...I didn't connect very well to the main characters. Nash had a lot of baggage to deal with and Margaretta...I don't know...Moral Note: Mild talk of pregnancy outside of marriage.
  • Amy
    Excited for the new series from Kristi Ann Hunter, and this novella intro was a nice big step into the location and storyline. My major issues with the book, really stem from the fact that its a short story, which provides so many limits that, had this been a full novel, based on what I have read in the past by this author would have ironed out all of those details. At times, it gets a little confusing. We are introduced also to Nash's really big...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    A Search For Refuge is another delightful tale from Kristi Ann Hunter. In 1804 England, Margaretta is fleeing for her life and trying to find her friend Katherine, who disappeared under questionable circumstances. Can she find the answers and refuge in Marlborough? Are Mrs Lancaster, a local shopkeeper, and Nash Banfield, a solicitor, people she can trust or will they reveal her whereabouts to her father and unscrupulous brother-in-law? Margarett...
  • Rachael
    I always love a good story, but I really appreciate it when a prequel sets up a series--and this book does a perfect job. Not only is it a different spin on why a girl might find herself alone and on the run, but it also sets up a haven for others in desperate need, and hence the series. As such, it has a bit heavier subject matter than the author's previous books, but it promises to be both intriguing and moving. I just wish we didn't have to wa...
  • Anne
    Well-written introduction for the next series. I wish it had been full length. Hunter has a way with words and characters and I thoroughly enjoyed all of these!
  • Nicole
    A Search for Refuge (2018) by Kristi Ann Hunter is the first story in her soon-to-release series, Haven Manor. This novella was just released this past Tuesday, March 6, 2018, by Bethany House Publishers. This novella comes in eBook format, and is 129 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old at home, this story took me two days to devour! Currently, this novella is free through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and CBD. I downl...
  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    •°o•:*:•.A MOST ENJOYABLE REGENCY READ.•:*:• o°•Marlborough, England 1804Margaretta Fortescue arrives tired and dusty in Marlborough after 3 days of changing mail coaches to try and escape danger. She heads for a small grocer to ease her grumbling stomach, only to meet with Mrs. Lancaster who is the friendly and chatty proprietor. Little does she know she has been followed by the local solicitor, Mr. Nash Banfield who has promised t...
  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    A Search for Refuge – Kristi Ann Hunter (4.5-5 Stars)Ms. Hunter kicks off her Haven Manor series with a free e-novella, A Search for Refuge. Margaretta Fortescue finds herself running from her previous life to the small town of Marlborough. She hopes to discover a solution to her current predicament through the wisdom of an old friend, who also seemed to disappear from London society along a similar route. Along the way, Margaretta is taken und...
  • Vickie
    Margaretta Fortescue steps off the mail coach in Marlbourgh, England with the purpose of finding her friend Katherine. Katherine has disappeared from society and Margaretta has reasons to want to disappear as well. She walks with determination in the opposite direction of the inn in search of a less visible place to stay. She sees a woman sweeping in front of a store just as her stomach reminds her it's been hours since she has eaten, so she step...
  • Debbie
    What a wonderful novella about trust, acceptance, and living life to the fullest. Margaretta Fortescue leaves London for protection from her brother-in-law after the death of her husband. She arrives in Marlborough looking for her friend who had disappeared under suspicious circumstances. However, she had received a letter from Katherine that came from this small town. Perhaps she will find her friend there.Nash Banfield is a local solicitor who ...
  • Sandra
    I love this author. What ever she writes, I want to read. Kristi gives us just enough in this well written novella "A Search for Refuge", to wet our appetite. This novella is Margaretta's story. The first book of the Haven Manor Series, "A Defense of Honor" is Kit's story, coming out in June. I'm not sure I can wait until then. We will also learn about Daphne and Jess later on, not sure when they will be coming out. From Kristi's web page : "The ...
  • Michelle Lunsford
    Interesting characters that draw you into their story from page one. The women in this narrative are strong, with big hearts facing big situations.I think it's always a little tricky to get the right balance of plot, character arc, and chemistry in a novella. The brevity of the format requires providing information and detail quickly in order to get the story told, while still allowing for development to keep the reader's interest. A Search for R...
  • Terressa
    The perfect story to introduce the series. Just enough to wet your appetite before the grand story begins but also enough to feel satisfied that a true story took place introducing and knowing the characters. I hope this couple plays big roles in each of the following stories while the other characters get their own story. Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists,and/or authors, including Netgalley...
  • Jimnlori
    I loved this novella! It is an introduction to the Haven Manor series by Kristi Ann Hunter. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books in this new series! Margaretta is desperate to get out of London and to somewhere safe where her husband's family hopefully can't find her. Nash Banfield loves his quiet life in his small town and knows something is off about Margaretta as soon as she steps out of the mail coach. Even though he doesn't w...
  • Becca
    As a prequel, this was a good set up for the first book coming out this summer. Margaretta is searching for her friend Katherine who has disappeared 8 months ago from London after a big scandal leaving her ruined. She hopes to find her to help her with her dilemma. Her only clue is the last letter she received from her. I did enjoy this book. In truth, I had hoped to see her “villain” get some justice but nope. It was still a sweet ending/beg...
  • Ashley Johnson
    Happy to start a new series from Kristi Ann Hunter! I found this novella to be entertaining, but not my favorite of her writing. I think being kept in the dark as a reader to Margaretta’s secrets and how her past connected with her missing friend Katherine for so long into the story made me feel disconnected from the characters. I couldn’t truly empathize with what they were dealing with because I had no idea for the reasons she was in hiding...
  • Kristine Morgan
    I always enjoy Ms. Hunter's books and A Search For Refuge is no exception. She is one of my go-to authors when I want to read Regency stories. She creates witty, enjoyable characters that grow in faith through the plot. I love this story and am thrilled that it is the beginning of a new series. So sit back with a large cup of tea and enjoy Ms. Hunter's latest tale. The e-book is available for free at:https://www.amazon.com/Search-Refuge-...
  • Sonnetta
    Another great story by Miss HunterFrom the beginning this book pulled you in to the adventure of Margaretta. This author has a way of getting the readers invested inner characters. I loved the strength an courage of the heroine and the vulnerability and protectiveness of the hero. It was amazing to see the development of their relationship. I liked the good old-fashioned courting. God does determine the times and places for us if we would just li...
  • Jennifer K
    Wonderful novella to kick off a new series! Kristi Ann Hunter introduces her setting in the Regency era. She crafts an engaging story full of tension and romance. I was immediately drawn to these characters and found myself cheering for these women. Although these characters face difficult circumstances, they forge friendships and learn to value what is truly important. I can’t wait to read the entire series. Fortunately the novella includes an...
  • Melissa
    I was pretty excited to see Hunters new series. Maybe I made it too big in my head. It was a good little story. I was lost in a couple parts, the writing seemed rushed. This is the starting book to a series called Haven Manor and this in no way puts me off reading the rest of the series. I know they will be good books, this one just did not hit the spot for me. Squeaky Clean with a Christian element, and adult subjects of unwed mothers.
  • Haley Resseguie
    This novella was a great way to introduce a new place and new characters for Kristi Ann Hunter's newest series. Nash and Margaretta's relationship develops in a cute and clever way throughout the short story. I always enjoy the rapport between Kristi's characters. This story touches on the subject of motherhood without the support of a husband, whether through widowhood or scandal. I look forward to Katherine's story and her mission to help other...
  • Kirsty Pearce
    Overall this was an enjoyable book; I LOVEd Mrs Lancaster's wonderful and hilarious spirit and spunk, as well as the gradual build-up of Nash and Margarette's connection, the bit of delightful suspense Kristi always adds to her books, and the beautiful lesson Nash undergoes learning about truly living. However, I also felt slightly let down in the last few pages, as I would have greatly appreciated a few more paragraph's, maybe a page even, from ...
  • Brenda-
    I enjoyed reading this book but it ended in a mystery. I'm sure the rest of the series will explain it. I liked reading about the good people--Mrs. Lancaster and the girls. The bad guy sure had a lot of greed and pride. Hard to believe a solicitor saved the day--but Margaretta deserved saving from the problems chasing her. [[ASIN:B079V1KN1K A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor): A Haven Manor Novella]]
  • Lucy
    A wonderful novella that captures time and place. Well written so that it draws you into Margaretta and Nash’s story. Lots of surprises in a short story, but is complete and keeps you engaged. I look forward to the novel of Katherine’s story and hope it includes more of the characters I grew to love in this novella. Impressive is the word I use to describe this story. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opin...