A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5)
Margaretta Fortescue desperately needs to disappear from London society, and her only hope is to follow the rumors of another young woman who recently made a life for herself away from the glare of society. Her search leads her to the market town of Marlborough where, in spite of her efforts to avoid attention, she can’t seem to elude local solicitor, Nash Banfield. All Nash wants is a quiet, sedate life—no risks or surprises. When Margaretta, clearly on the run and unwilling to answer questions, interrupts his solitude, his curiosity and his principles won’t let him leave this determined woman without assistance.But will the truth of what Margaretta is running from be worth finally opening his heart up to a chance at love?

A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5) Details

TitleA Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Regency, Christian Fiction, Novella

A Search for Refuge (Haven Manor, #0.5) Review

  • Andrea Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    I look forward to the rest of this series. I hope to see more of my favorite character, Mrs. Lancaster!
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I always love a good story, but I really appreciate it when a prequel sets up a series--and this book does a perfect job. Not only is it a different spin on why a girl might find herself alone and on the run, but it also sets up a haven for others in desperate need, and hence the series. As such, it has a bit heavier subject matter than the author's previous books, but it promises to be both intriguing and moving. I just wish we didn't have to wait until June for the first full-length novel! And I always love a good story, but I really appreciate it when a prequel sets up a series--and this book does a perfect job. Not only is it a different spin on why a girl might find herself alone and on the run, but it also sets up a haven for others in desperate need, and hence the series. As such, it has a bit heavier subject matter than the author's previous books, but it promises to be both intriguing and moving. I just wish we didn't have to wait until June for the first full-length novel! And in case you were worried, the story is still rich with the author's characteristic humor, and heart-warming as ever.
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  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    January 1, 1970
    •°o•:*:•.A MOST ENJOYABLE REGENCY READ.•:*:• o°•Marlborough, England 1804Margaretta Fortescue arrives tired and dusty in Marlborough after 3 days of changing mail coaches to try and escape danger. She heads for a small grocer to ease her grumbling stomach, only to meet with Mrs. Lancaster who is the friendly and chatty proprietor. Little does she know she has been followed by the local solicitor, Mr. Nash Banfield who has promised to look after the elderly widow and ensure no damsels in distress •°o•:*:•.A MOST ENJOYABLE REGENCY READ.•:*:• o°•Marlborough, England 1804Margaretta Fortescue arrives tired and dusty in Marlborough after 3 days of changing mail coaches to try and escape danger. She heads for a small grocer to ease her grumbling stomach, only to meet with Mrs. Lancaster who is the friendly and chatty proprietor. Little does she know she has been followed by the local solicitor, Mr. Nash Banfield who has promised to look after the elderly widow and ensure no damsels in distress or worse, take advantage of Mrs. Lancaster.However, Mrs. Lancaster has her own ideas and regularly makes herself available for helping those in need in accordance with God’s will. Nash and Margaretta each have reason to be untrusting, but over time begin to allow small chips in their armor. As the story unfolds more things to come to light and concerns for the characters grow. Mrs. Lancaster is wonderful and hopefully, we see more of her in the series. Ch. 3 “Margaretta didn’t know what to think of the way the old woman sprinkled God and the Bible into her conversation as casually as a Londoner might mention the traffic or haze. Even though she’d been attending church her entire life, Margaretta hadn’t ever thought to make Jesus quite that versatile. She’d left Him in church where He seemed to belong, but Mrs. Lancaster appeared to think He belonged everywhere.” Tea Moment: Ch. 6 “A cup of tea was pressed into her hands, and she sipped it gratefully, letting the hot liquid sooth her tight throat and settle her jumpy stomach. After half a cup, she almost felt normal again.”5 stars. Highly recommend. © 2018 Bethany House - March 6, 2018129 pages {10 chapters + epilogue} Thank you to Bethany House and the lovely author for a complimentary eCopy. My opinion is my own and given freely. Keep updated on the author’s website, Kristi Ann Hunter dot com Haven Manor Series “The Haven Manor series follows a group of women who take what could have been a life-crushing circumstance and turned it into an opportunity to help desperate women and their children from the same fate. Their pasts may have brought these women here, but God has an amazing future in store for them.” -Author’s WebsiteBook 0.5 A Search for Refuge (Margaretta’s Story) 03/2018Book 1 - A Defense of Honor (Kit’s Story) 06/2018Coming Soon – Daphne’s StoryComing Soon – Jess’s Story
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    I love this author. What ever she writes, I want to read. Kristi gives us just enough in this well written novella "A Search for Refuge", to wet our appetite. This novella is Margaretta's story. The first book of the Haven Manor Series, "A Defense of Honor" is Kit's story, coming out in June. I'm not sure I can wait until then. We will also learn about Daphne and Jess later on, not sure when they will be coming out. From Kristi's web page : "The Haven Manor series follows a group of women who t I love this author. What ever she writes, I want to read. Kristi gives us just enough in this well written novella "A Search for Refuge", to wet our appetite. This novella is Margaretta's story. The first book of the Haven Manor Series, "A Defense of Honor" is Kit's story, coming out in June. I'm not sure I can wait until then. We will also learn about Daphne and Jess later on, not sure when they will be coming out. From Kristi's web page : "The Haven Manor series follows a group of women who take what could have been a life-crushing circumstance and turned it into an opportunity to help desperate women and their children from the same fate. Their pasts may have brought these women here, but God has an amazing future in store for them." You don't want to miss this series. Even if you are not a novella reader (sorry, but I don't get that), you want to read this one.
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  • Michelle Lunsford
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting characters that draw you into their story from page one. The women in this narrative are strong, with big hearts facing big situations.I think it's always a little tricky to get the right balance of plot, character arc, and chemistry in a novella. The brevity of the format requires providing information and detail quickly in order to get the story told, while still allowing for development to keep the reader's interest. A Search for Refuge is a solid example of how a novella can be d Interesting characters that draw you into their story from page one. The women in this narrative are strong, with big hearts facing big situations.I think it's always a little tricky to get the right balance of plot, character arc, and chemistry in a novella. The brevity of the format requires providing information and detail quickly in order to get the story told, while still allowing for development to keep the reader's interest. A Search for Refuge is a solid example of how a novella can be done well. Tight writing, romantic sparks, and plenty of "show, don't tell" in the delivery.This tale shows that we're in for another delightful series from author Kristi Ann Hunter.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    As a prequel, this was a good set up for the first book coming out this summer. Margaretta is searching for her friend Katherine who has disappeared 8 months ago from London after a big scandal leaving her ruined. She hopes to find her to help her with her dilemma. Her only clue is the last letter she received from her. I did enjoy this book. In truth, I had hoped to see her “villain” get some justice but nope. It was still a sweet ending/beginning to the series. Along the book is centered a dif As a prequel, this was a good set up for the first book coming out this summer. Margaretta is searching for her friend Katherine who has disappeared 8 months ago from London after a big scandal leaving her ruined. She hopes to find her to help her with her dilemma. Her only clue is the last letter she received from her. I did enjoy this book. In truth, I had hoped to see her “villain” get some justice but nope. It was still a sweet ending/beginning to the series. Along the book is centered a different person, we learn some background information about Katherine, who is the heroine in the first book. Getting a taste for the book coming out, I am so excited to read it already!
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  • Betti
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful storyLoved this introduction to a new series! The early 1800's saw women with very little or no rights to family fortunes. Consider those that were called 'soiled doves' and they were usually left with nothing. How wonderful it is now have changed....or have they?
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this NovellaAnother great book by Kristi Ann Hunter. I loved the characters in this story. Especially Mrs. Lancaster! A must read. I can't wait to read the next book in the series A Defense of Honor.
  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this! Kristi Ann Hunter knows how to write some amazing characters. I’m really looking forward to this new series.
  • Joleen
    January 1, 1970
    Newly widowed Margaretta needs to escape from her late husband's brother. With not much money she takes mail coaches as far away from London as she can. The first woman she befriends, and my favorite character, Mrs. Lancaster, offers her a room above her store. But what Margaretta really wants is to find Katherine, a woman who also went into hiding, believing Katherine can help her with her predicament. The town solicitor, Nash, makes no bones about suspecting this new comer of ill-motives, and Newly widowed Margaretta needs to escape from her late husband's brother. With not much money she takes mail coaches as far away from London as she can. The first woman she befriends, and my favorite character, Mrs. Lancaster, offers her a room above her store. But what Margaretta really wants is to find Katherine, a woman who also went into hiding, believing Katherine can help her with her predicament. The town solicitor, Nash, makes no bones about suspecting this new comer of ill-motives, and keeps his eye on her. But as he learns more about her, and realizes she may not be what she portrays, he is aware she's not out to hurt Mrs Lancaster or anyone else. So when the day comes that two men from her past turn up in town, Nash is ready to help her.Fairly nice story, but could use a bit more development. Feelings change too rapidly without enough storyline to justify it. Someone's feelings about children literally change overnight. The novella size makes it a bit difficult for proper story detail, unfortunately. 3 1/2 stars
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I was pretty excited to see Hunters new series. Maybe I made it too big in my head. It was a good little story. I was lost in a couple parts, the writing seemed rushed. This is the starting book to a series called Haven Manor and this in no way puts me off reading the rest of the series. I know they will be good books, this one just did not hit the spot for me. Squeaky Clean with a Christian element, and adult subjects of unwed mothers.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Just rightI had hoped that we would see justice for our damsel in distress but I guess that will hopefully come in the next book. Yes, I plan to read the next one right away!
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