A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2) by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2)

Daphne Blakemoor was content living in her own secluded world for the last 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 to a new marquis with 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 ...

Details A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2)

TitleA Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2)
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency, Romance, Fiction

Reviews A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2)

  • Kellyn Roth
    Read the Full Review {and watch the vlog} on my blog!FTC Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to provide a positive review. All thoughts are my own.Title: A Return of DevotionAuthor: Kristi Ann HunterSeries: Haven Manor, #2Genre: Christian Historical RomanceEra: 1810s (Regency)Setting: England, countrysidePublisher: Bethany House PublishersSource: from NetGalley in exchange for honest reviewOve...
  • Cara Putman
    For those of you who love Jane Austen Regency England, you must read Kristi Ann Hunter. You know how there are characters who crawl under you skin and won't let you walk away? Daphne is one of those for me. She was a sweet character in the prior book, but now she steps to the foreground. Daphne's story is poignant and one that needs to be told. William, the hero, grows personally as Daphne works her way beneath his defenses. His journey beneath ...
  • Abigail
    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 (view spoiler)[ Maxwell came into the house. (hide spoiler)] 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 ...
  • Beth
    In the first Haven Manor novel, we meet Daphne, and she is a lovely character. In A Return to Devotion, we get to see the Haven Manor story continue through her eyes, and she is absolutely charming and endearing. I loved getting to know her better in this story. I appreciate the Hunter continues to tackle a subject not done often in this historical setting, the consequences of having an illegitimate child in a time when it was considered to be a ...
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    I KNEW I shouldn't have started this book at 8 p.m on a work night! Did I listen to myself? No.The consequence of this was staying up until 3 a.m, then having to be the perkiest zombie in the Subway industry! (Do not ask me how I made it through that shift)Am I sorry?No.I know Kristi Ann Hunter will ALWAYS grab my eyeballs and my heart within the first few words, and this book did not disappoint! I was instantly swept back to Haven Manor and I di...
  • Clara
    Conundrum. Bewilderment. Touched on the head.Those are the words William, Marquis of Chemsford, chooses to describe his housekeeper. From the moment she bangs the door of his house on his face to when she acts as she owns his house, not to mention when she acts as she owns him - bossing him around, corraling him in his own house-, he knows something about the entire situation is absurd. Especially since he has to remind himself now and then that ...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    What stood out to me most about this book was the daydreaming and fantasizing of Daphne! It's something I've done, more at some times in my life than others. It was interesting to see how her fantasies faded as she became more present and invested in a real relationship and her own life beyond her son and the other children. I love the premise of this series, how the characters provide aid to women in desperate circumstances, even raising their c...
  • Sarah Monzon
    I really love how Kristi Hunter is tackling the subject of physical relations (come one, its a historical. I can’t just say sex 😜)in this series. Yes, premarital sex is wrong, but it isn’t an unpardonable sin. God’s amazing grace is sufficient and His forgiveness boundless. As sinners, no matter what the sin, we need to come to the point of forgiving ourselves. And, let’s face it, sometimes that’s hard. Daphne was an interesting char...
  • Rachael
    I loved Daphne. She's whimsical and day-dreamy, rather shy, and a terrible liar. She isn't spunky, nor quite the proverbial Mama Bear, but she is a brave Mama Bird, dragging her wing to lure the predator away for her nest. She's delightful. And I have to give credit William--though his decision process is maybe not the soundest (choosing to do whatever he thinks is the opposite of what his father would have done), he has a good heart: he cares as...
  • Beth Erin
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comA Return to Devotion is genuine, heartfelt and sprinkled with humor and grace. The personality of Haven Manor itself leaps from the pages, inviting readers to reminisce even as it conforms to its new purpose. William's inner dialogue as he attempts to sort out the unusual clues and occurrences surrounding him at Haven Manor (as well as Daphne’s often frantic or dramatic inner musings) cleverly fills the natur...
  • Kav
    Sqqqqueeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Swoonworthy Regency alert! Clear off your fainting couch (I know you've been piling books on it) and lay in a supply of chocolate...and perhaps a tissue box or two and be prepared to be dazzled by the sweet perfection that is A Return of Devotion. I listened to the audible version and loved the narration. Something about a British accent stirring my imagination up into a vivid frenzy! I usually listen while I work around ...
  • Caitlyn Santi
    What a great second installment in the Haven Manor series! I loved both Daphne and William, and I could totally relate to Daphne's fear of crowds and her propensity to daydream! One of the things I loved most about Daphne and William's relationship was their willingness to compromise and come up with a way to live their lives as a married couple that would best suit them both, this example of working together to make a marriage work is something ...
  • Kristine Morgan
    Daphne has been content to live a quiet life hidden away from society for 12 years. She has her secrets and doesn't feel the need to share. Then suddenly her quiet world is disturbed when William, Lord Chemsford comes to claim his home. A Return of Devotion is a story of redemption. If God has forgiven us but we haven't forgiven ourselves are we truly alive? Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my favorite authors. She creates intriguing characters who h...
  • Rebecca
    "Something wasn't right here, but he wasn't sure if it was the remoteness of the house or an indication of a bigger problem." Living in virtual obscurity, Daphne Blakemoor has had plenty of time to conjure, until her imagination runs head on into reality; the new owner of Haven Manor decides to reside at his lovely, slightly dilapidated country estate. How is she going to hide the fact that the manor has been under the supervision of two women an...
  • Micaiah
    I loved the first book in this series, A Defense of Honor, and so I was looking forward to diving into the sequel. I was slightly hesitant about Daphne (I wasn't sure what to make of her in book one), but I figured the author could make her shine! However, I did have problems with the book, most of which are probably just personal preference. I want to explain some of my thoughts though, so there will be a few non-minor spoilers ahead!DAPHNE. I c...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    A Return of Devotion is book two in the Haven Manor series by Kristi Ann Hunter. It is best to read the first book in the series: A Defense of Honor. Kristi Hunter delves deep into the emotions of Daphne Blakemoor. Daphne is currently the housekeeper at Haven Manor, a remote estate in England. Due to an incident long in her past, Daphne has spent her time out of society and secretly helping the less fortunate. William Oswald, the new Marquis of C...
  • Andrea Boyd
    Kristi Ann Hunter is tops when it comes to Regency romance. I've read all of her books and have never been disappointed. This is a continuation of the story of two friends, bonded together through a rough time who found God's purpose in their lives. In this one, it's Daphne's turn for love. William (my favorite character in this book. Well, besides Jess.) Comes into the picture as an unexpected tie to her past. Can they get past her fears to find...
  • Debbie
    "A Return of Devotion" is a Christian romance set in 1816 in England. This is the second book in a series. It can be read as a standalone, but reading the previous story will help you to better understand the situation that Daphne is in. This book does not spoil much of the previous story.When Daphne was young, she let her imagination carry her away into a romantic fantasy which misled her into becoming pregnant with no chance of marriage. She ha...
  • Amy
    Facing head on the anxiety and fears that Daphne has dealt with far longer than the night she found herself running from London. There’s so much more to Hunter’s stories than a bit of historical fiction, romance and fluff. Every character she introduces are intricate, with a depth that makes them entirely unique from each other. Kit is now gone on her wedding trip, and Haven Manor has been left to Daphne & Jess to prepare for the unavoidable ...
  • Toni Shiloh
    A happy return to Haven Manor. Daphne makes an unusual heroine with some qualities you don’t see too often in the romance world. But it’s what made her interesting and added twists to the story.And the hero! William is one of my favorite Kristi Ann Hunter heroes. He doesn’t accept at face value anything presented to him. It made for some laughable movements and kept me turning the page.*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Th...
  • Faye
    Daphne Blakemoor lives happily in the country caring for the children and working as a housekeeper, and continuing to keep her secret. But when the new Marquis decides to move into the mansion, she finds every things that she has fought for threatened. William is the new Marquis of Chemsford, and he is determined to establish a legacy completely the opposite of his father. He is looking forward to a quiet life in the country away from the foils o...
  • V. Palmer
    A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter holds the cheeky humor and endearing characters that we've all come to cherish in Kristi Ann Hunter's stories! The story is humorous and fun, while staying true to the beautiful era! I adore the humor between the characters and the hilarious situations in which they find themselves! Readers, you won't be disappointed!William wasn't the typical hero that you see in Christian Fiction -- and that's a good th...
  • Anne
    Regency is my favorite genre to read. I like the intertwining of the culture with mystery and romance and manners. When the setting is an out-of-the-way manor house used to house illegitimate children of the upper crust, my interest is piqued. These things happened. A lot. This is not a subject that is delved into in any of the books I had previously read until this series from Hunter. While it may sound slightly uncomfortable, the matter is deal...
  • Kathryn Voss
    Kristi Ann Hunter has impressed me again with her latest, A Return of Devotion. Taking up where its predecessor, A Defense of Honor, takes off (yes, you will want to read these books in order), Hunter centers this story on Daphne and her own journey to accept her past. With a message that we all can relate to – accepting our mistakes and moving forward in grace and freedom – Hunter delivers a story filled with humor and meaning. This is a sto...
  • Dana Michael
    A Return of Devotion is the second book in the series and I recommend reading them in order. That way you'll enjoy it more and get the full picture. It took me a quick minute to get into it, but once I did, it was really good. I loved the characters and I felt for the heroine. She had so many issues and yet was still so loveable. The hero was quite patient and in awe of his quiet and quirky housekeeper. It was a moving story and had moments of hu...
  • Melissa
    I have loved this series. I was so sad to not like this one. The first 100 pages should have been condensed to one or two chapters. It drug and went no where for too long. I was detached because of it and just felt like things were repetitive too often and the characters didn't get me like they always do with her books. I did really like how this ended and felt so sad that the rest of the book didn't feel the same as the end.
  • Tricia Mingerink
    A good sequel. Less action than the first and more focused on the love story. I missed all the craziness of the children from the first book. I can't wait for book 3 that will hopefully be about Jess. Hopefully a story about the tough-girl ex-spy will have a bit more tension and intrigue!
  • MJSH
    "But I'm not going to do that to you without your approval. I see you, Daphne. Don't think I'm waiting for you to turn into someone else because I'm not. But I'll never make you do something you don't feel you can handle."What an incredible blend of angst, heartache, and faith! Beautiful writing, unforgettable characters, and an intricately detailed plot in Regency England make this novel one of the best historical romances I have read this year....
  • Raechel
    This was fantastic. Truly. I love this series. :) Going into this one, I wasn't sure if I'd relate to main character Daphne, just because in the previous book, Kit had been my favorite. It was so silly of me to wonder this, because I not only related to Daphne, I bonded with her. I share so many of her struggles, and to be perfectly honest, there were so many times during the reading of this that I almost had to remind myself she wasn't actually ...
  • Clare O'Beara
    This is a somewhat drawn-out tale of a woman acting as housekeeper in a country house, taken by surprise when the new owner arrives to inspect and make the place his abode. The lady was once of better standing, but an indiscretion made her drop out of polite society and now she keeps her secrets. The gentleman is far more concerned with developing industry and doesn't see why he is being drawn away from various young workers on the staff (they we...