Hunter, Kristi Ann. A Return to Devotion. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2019.
Paperback | $14.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0764230769 | 396 pages | Regency Romance/Christian Fiction
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A Return of Devotion is a delightful second installment in Kristi Ann Hunter’s Haven Manor series. With much information about what happened to Kit and Daphne given from Kit’s point of view in the previous book, it was heartwarming to read about how the experience impacted Daphne. However, the book is very much a stand alone and you don’t have to read the first book to understand this one, although I do encourage reading both.
I love that Daphne and the experience she has in growing and finding herself again after facing the losses she has of her reputation and her family’s support, through finding a new sense of purpose. I love how the story details how this past experience informs her drive to help both unwed mothers and their illegitimate children. And I love that, on her journey, she confronts all the demons from her past in such a poignant way.
William is a hero I also loved almost immediately, due to his commitment to being a better and more honorable person than his father, and how he had both the period-correct self-importance and the compassion to think of both Benedict and Daphne when their connections to him come to light. I love how both of them are challenged by the superficial nature of Regency society in different ways, and I enjoyed their journeys overcoming that.
This is an emotionally rich story that I would recommend to fans of both inspirational and secular Regency romances, especially those who love romances with depth and growth.