A second in a series, A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter is a return to a favourite cast of characters. Focusing on Daphne’s journey, it picks up the threads from the previous novel and digs deeper into how Haven Manor came to be a safe place for the children of fallen women.

William is introduced to the house believing it to be a deserted property in his newly inherited title of marquis but the details don’t align and his curiousity is piqued. The clashing of these two worlds leads to many humourous and awkward happenings. The relationship between Daphne and William grows from frustrating to curiousity and friendship.

As in the first novel, the story is centered on faithful healing, coming to grips with the past and looking to a hope-filled future. It is encouraging and interesting with realistic reactions and interactions from each character.

I look forward to spending time getting to know Jess in the next book in this series! This one is highly recommended and five out of five for me!

From the back cover:

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 received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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