Monday, March 18, 2019

A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter

About the Book
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?

My Thoughts
The Hawthorne House series will probably forever be my favorite but this sophomore series of Kristi Ann Hunter is shaping up to be quite enjoyable in it's own right.
In the first book Daphne seemed to be the mother hen of the group and I was very intrigued to see how her story would play out after she no longer had all of her chicks to look after. I enjoyed watching as she started to figure out her identity outside of the circumstances that she found herself in. I especially loved the way William helped her to see her strengths and value. Daphne was definitely a day-dreamer which is not something I can relate to but for me her day dreams were kept short enough that they never really bothered me.
William was an interesting character. Born in to the aristocracy he did have a bit of an arrogance to him but he also wasn't above being shown that he was wrong, and he put up with all the crazy unexplained antics of those at Haven Manor without firing the lot of them.
There were so many reasons why Daphne and William wouldn't work as a couple but I admired the way that they fought for their happily ever after. They didn't just accept the facts as they were but instead found ways to compromise and come to a middle ground. Things weren't going to be easy for them but they realized they had something worth fighting for.
I was laughing out loud several times at all the various goings on at the Manor, as they tried to keep William from finding out what his property had been used for. I also absolutely loved Jess's character once again and I positively cannot wait for her story!
Overall this was a wonderful follow up to A Defense of Honor and I can't recommend this author enough!

Meet the Author
Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is a RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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