From the fertile mind of Kristi Ann Hunter comes a tale of intrigue. A spiritual journey is in store for Jess Beauchene and a trip to a place she has left behind. While in hiding, word comes that one she thought dead needs her help to solve a mystery. Jess has been holding her own for ten years. She is capable and equipped to defend herself. So she is confounded to realize that she in turn needs help from a man who irritates her no end. He comes in the person of art and antiquities curator, Derek Thornbury. Jess also gains help from friends she left without saying goodbye to because she intended to protect them. Can she realize with Derek’s help that she is worth something to God?
“Love is a sacrifice, but it’s also selfish, because when you are able to give the other person what they need, it comes back on to you, too. Which means you don’t get to decide if you’re worth it or not.”
Jess has come a long way since we first met her in A Noble Masquerade where she was a parlor maid and a spy. But her past has caught up with her and she MUST do something about it.
How Ms. Hunter comes up with these intricate plots is mystifying. But she executes the story flawlessly. The characters come alive through their enjoyable banter and the spiritual message shines through.
I suggest that you read the whole Haven Manor series starting with A Defense of Honor. But why stop there! Add the two novellas as well. And don’t forget the Hawthorne House series which introduces us to Jess. That is an exceptional series as well.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
What a fantastic finale to a fabulous series! Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my favorite authors, and her Haven Manor series has had me captivated. From the richly painted settings to the colorful and endearing characters and on to the carefully crafted story lines, Hunter excels at creating tales that keep me turning pages. I’ve been looking forward to Jess’s story and was not disappointed.
Jess has always been an enigma to me, and I’m so glad she got her happy ending. Although Derek seemed a bit stodgy at first, I loved the way he stepped up to his role as a caring, knowledgeable accomplice and hero for Jess. The banter between the two was so witty and fun that I was kept chuckling. Jess is such a unique and quirky character that she was constantly delighting and astounding me, and it was so satisfying to have her finally find herself and her home.
Although this book is part of a series, it could be read as a standalone, but you’ll want to read the entire series to get the full experience. I enjoyed seeing many of the characters in the previous books pop up in this one to put their “two cents” (or two pence) in and throw in some matchmaking efforts.
Brimming with adventure, intrigue, suspense, and romance, with some inspiration thrown in to give even more dimension, this story is sure to appeal to historical fiction lovers. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
In early 1800s England, Jess Beauchene has spent most of her life in hiding and always on the move in an effort to leave her past far behind her. But when she learns the family she thought had died just might be alive and in danger, she knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long.
Derek Thornbury loves the past, which has led him to become an expert in history and artifacts. He knows Jess has never liked him, but when she requests his help deciphering the clues laid out in an old family diary, he can't resist the urge to solve the puzzle.
As Jess and Derek race to find the hidden artifact before her family's enemies, they learn as much about each other as they do about the past. But can their search to uncover the truth and set history right lead to a future together?
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