A Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, #3)
Jessamine 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 long dead 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 an old family diary, he can't resist the urge to help 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 set history right lead to a future together?

A Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, #3) Details

TitleA Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764230776
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Regency, Romance, Christian Fiction, Fiction

A Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, #3) Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    We got to meet Jess in a previous book but now get to see the real her and learn her story.What an intriguing story line.Be sure to read the other books in the Haven Manor series in order before you read this one, just makes more sense.Jess really is an amazing woman, who will she be next? Her disguises where phenomenal .Art, an old family diary,hidden secrets,danger,the pursuit of happiness,As strong as Jess is I see a certain vulnerability in her which makes her all the more relatable.Very We got to meet Jess in a previous book but now get to see the real her and learn her story.What an intriguing story line.Be sure to read the other books in the Haven Manor series in order before you read this one, just makes more sense.Jess really is an amazing woman, who will she be next? Her disguises where phenomenal .Art, an old family diary,hidden secrets,danger,the pursuit of happiness,As strong as Jess is I see a certain vulnerability in her which makes her all the more relatable.Very unexpected twist at the end wrapping up the series excellently.Very captivating which I'll recommending to all!Published November 5th 2019 by Bethany House PublishersI was given a complimentary copy. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    Loved Jess’ story. Perfection! And loved how prior characters played such a large role in her story. It really was a beautiful story of redemption and healing. And the power of love.
  • April
    January 1, 1970
    There was adventure, there was mystery, there was humor...but no romantic kiss to top it off? I love romance because it’s a big part in a lot of people’s lives. Sometimes it never happens. Sometimes romance only lasts a little while in people’s lives. And sometimes romance lasts all their lives. I did like the story. But it was very long and through out all of it I was just waiting for that Romantic kiss to happen...but it never did. I’m now going to give advice to people who want to write There was adventure, there was mystery, there was humor...but no romantic kiss to top it off? I love romance because it’s a big part in a lot of people’s lives. Sometimes it never happens. Sometimes romance only lasts a little while in people’s lives. And sometimes romance lasts all their lives. I did like the story. But it was very long and through out all of it I was just waiting for that Romantic kiss to happen...but it never did. I’m now going to give advice to people who want to write romance novels. You should at least have one kiss in the story. It doesn’t have to be overly romantic. You could just say “and they kissed” or something. This story was nice and I know that the author has a talent for writing but no romantic kiss is just disappointing. Maybe I might’ve missed a point where the couple did kiss but I doubt it because they only discovered they loved each other in the last chapter. And that last chapter and the Epilogue has no kiss. I am very disappointed. Still a fun read but romance and no kiss was a little disappointing for me.Just so people know, I’m not hating on this story. It was still entertaining. I just hoped it would be more than it is. But that’s alright. Other people can definitely enjoy it more than I did. It’s still a good story. It also has a lot of good religious truths in it so keep that in mind.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "The truth was that while the past colored the future, the people living in the present still wielded the paintbrush."What a surprising and completely satisfying conclusion to the Haven Manor series! This third book in the series ties in all the characters from previous books, as well as some endearing characters from A Noble Masquerade (first book in Hawthorne House series). With her trademark writing style that is fluid, easy to read, and often humorous, Kristi Ann Hunter draws us quickly into "The truth was that while the past colored the future, the people living in the present still wielded the paintbrush."What a surprising and completely satisfying conclusion to the Haven Manor series! This third book in the series ties in all the characters from previous books, as well as some endearing characters from A Noble Masquerade (first book in Hawthorne House series). With her trademark writing style that is fluid, easy to read, and often humorous, Kristi Ann Hunter draws us quickly into the world of intrigue and mystery in 1816 England as we finally....finally.... learn about Jess' past. The setting and the world that the author weaves during this time period are so realistic and believable that you won't know what's fictional and what's history until the author's note at the end of the book unless you're a European history expert (and I'm far from that). The plot is incredible with unexpected twists and turns and the maturation of faith we see in Jess is inspirational and encouraging. Derek is an unconventional hero, but a hero in his own right and you can't help but fall in love with his geeky, awkward, but sweet, honest, loyal, and selfless ways. And their romance! So delightful, funny, filled with mishaps and tenderness! This book can definitely be read as a stand-alone but reading A Noble Masquerade and then the two previous books in the Haven Manor series prior to this book will give you a wonderful insight and affinity for Jess.If you enjoy historical fiction with a good dose of mystery and intrigue, you will absolutely love this book. It will captivate you from the prologue and have you turning the pages for just one more chapter to try to piece together what's happening. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been waiting for Jess’s story for-ev-er! When you add the cameo appearances of beloved characters from other stories I was giddy with delight. In fact, I think the cameo appearances is my favorite aspect of this story. To see several books come together in one story…happy dance!I also loved the chemistry between Jess and Derek. Seeing them interact usually had me chuckling and quickly reading to see what would happen next.There was also intrigue, mystery, and good ol fashion history rolled I’ve been waiting for Jess’s story for-ev-er! When you add the cameo appearances of beloved characters from other stories I was giddy with delight. In fact, I think the cameo appearances is my favorite aspect of this story. To see several books come together in one story…happy dance!I also loved the chemistry between Jess and Derek. Seeing them interact usually had me chuckling and quickly reading to see what would happen next.There was also intrigue, mystery, and good ol fashion history rolled into A Pursuit of Home. All in all, Ms. Hunter kept me interested until the last page.*I received a complimentary book from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.**Full review at: https://tonishiloh.com/2019/11/12/rev...
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  • Deon
    January 1, 1970
    This series should be read in order.
  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comA Pursuit of Home wildly and beautifully exceeded my high expectations. From her mind-blowing backstory to the long-awaited glimpse into her heart and mind, Jess completely captivated my reader heart. The tough, no-nonsense exterior readers are so familiar with paired with her keen intellect gives Jess a Regency Wonder Woman turned 007 vibe and I love it!Derek is the perfect brainiac sidekick for our superheroine because he continually surprised me as well! Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comA Pursuit of Home wildly and beautifully exceeded my high expectations. From her mind-blowing backstory to the long-awaited glimpse into her heart and mind, Jess completely captivated my reader heart. The tough, no-nonsense exterior readers are so familiar with paired with her keen intellect gives Jess a Regency Wonder Woman turned 007 vibe and I love it!Derek is the perfect brainiac sidekick for our superheroine because he continually surprised me as well! Between their banter, his social awkwardness, her brutally blunt honesty, and the whirlwind plot involving twists, turns, beloved characters from previous Haven Manor installments, and friends from the Hawthorne House set… this story is totally ridiculously delicious. Kristi Ann Hunter is a top-notch storyteller who crafts genuine characters and stories with heart. I highly recommend her books and I’m delighted to have them on my all-time favorites shelf.I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning, utterly unique and gigantic twist in the whole Haven Manor series - I literally could not stop reading. What I loved about the very first book I read by this author has returned in what is by far the best in the series. Kristi Ann Hunter is not only an author who can engage the reader in a fun, humorous way via the dialogue of the characters, but so skilled in her approach to story telling. There is so many angles, and depth to this plot, the reader will not be able to see what is Stunning, utterly unique and gigantic twist in the whole Haven Manor series - I literally could not stop reading. What I loved about the very first book I read by this author has returned in what is by far the best in the series. Kristi Ann Hunter is not only an author who can engage the reader in a fun, humorous way via the dialogue of the characters, but so skilled in her approach to story telling. There is so many angles, and depth to this plot, the reader will not be able to see what is coming or where it will end. A story based on something I genuinely know very little about, and a look into the past life of Jess, who has so far remained largely anonymous although essential to the stories of those who came before. One should not be surprised in the least that you end up being quite literally that - surprised. What I especially love about this story, is there is growth and change in Jess too, as well as Derek - the art expert that has been invited to Haven Manor to catalog Lord Chelmsfords inherited collection. What you get to see between the two of them and individually is pure delight, and leaves a great sense of peace that we all have that ability to find ourselves - given time and grace. The common reminder that Jesus Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice, but yet, also gave us the perfect pattern to follow is another gratitude that I will take away from this story.Now I want to go right back to the beginning and read a Noble Masquerade again. Another fantastic book by this author. Her writing continues to be unique and a style all of her own. You won't be disappointed to add this author as a must-read. Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been waiting for Jess’s story, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just as convoluted, mysterious, and exciting as Jess herself. There were beloved characters from previous books that added much to the story, but the character and skills of Jess really come through in this story.Though the story is wrought with suspense and intrigue, Jess still is what makes this book so good. Her varied and amazing costumes, many talents, and backstory are fascinating. Her future uncertainI really came to I’ve been waiting for Jess’s story, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just as convoluted, mysterious, and exciting as Jess herself. There were beloved characters from previous books that added much to the story, but the character and skills of Jess really come through in this story.Though the story is wrought with suspense and intrigue, Jess still is what makes this book so good. Her varied and amazing costumes, many talents, and backstory are fascinating. Her future uncertainI really came to like Derek. He’s so far removed from what most thrilling main male characters are suppose to be. There is nothing overly exciting about him, but he’s content to be himself, which is rare. I’m no lover of art so that’s a foreign concept, but I loved that he knew so many interesting facts. He reminded much of my hubby...not exciting or thrilling, but steady and always there when needed. He really is a unique male hero, and that isn’t a bad thing.This book has a mild faith theme that grows and is woven well throughout the book.I usually would read a book like this in one or two sessions, but I didn’t with this one. I’m not really sure why myself. Maybe I wanted to savor a book that wrapped up so many book friends, or perhaps I was pretty sure of part of the ending at least so I didn’t feel I had to rush through the book. I savored this one.With a wonderful cast of characters, a country that needs saving, and a young woman coming into her own and discovering new things about herself, it all wraps up to make for a terrific novel well worth the read.Take a journey with Jess-mostly to see what she discovers about herself and where her heart calls home.I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great way to end the Haven Manor series! I was intrigued by Jess and was so glad to get to know her, and we did get to know her. I found the first half to be slow-moving, but I didn't lose heart. But the other half I found was more open with Derek and Jess really getting to know each other and allowing the reader to see Jess more open, and not so secretive with Derek who was seeing her for who she really was. Very enjoyable!
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Sob! It's over, isn't it? This is the last book in Kristi Ann Hunter's Haven Manor series and I think I need to bring out the bookish widow weeds and mourn the end of this series in true Regency style. Sniffle.I listened to the audible version (yay Beverley A. Crick -- excellent narration!) and I was so reluctant to say goodbye to these characters that I made the book last a week. I'd listen to a chapter and then pause while I relived every exquisite moment and had some fun plotting what might Sob! It's over, isn't it? This is the last book in Kristi Ann Hunter's Haven Manor series and I think I need to bring out the bookish widow weeds and mourn the end of this series in true Regency style. Sniffle.I listened to the audible version (yay Beverley A. Crick -- excellent narration!) and I was so reluctant to say goodbye to these characters that I made the book last a week. I'd listen to a chapter and then pause while I relived every exquisite moment and had some fun plotting what might or might not happen next. Then I'd linger with those sweet memories until I couldn't stand it any longer and listen to another chapter and do it all over again. I needed to savor every last delectable second of this spectacular series. If it really had to end (that's debatable) this was one amazing grand finale!I've been waiting forever for Jess's story. So prickly and aloof and lethal. She intrigued me from the moment I first met her -- waaaayyyy back in A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House series) and then she popped up again at Haven Manor being all kinds of mysterious (which is what Jess does best.)The romance takes center stage and Hunter takes her time developing it. From enemies to frenemies to allys to...? I love the role reversal! It works brilliantly -- with Jess the knife-wielding spy and master of disguise while Derek is an ordinary scholar (well. like extraordinary) who is so completely absorbed in art and architecture that he becomes befuddled by simple social niceties. Women rather scare him and he finds Jess truly terrifying...and compelling.Sqwooooeeep Alert!!! (That's squeal, swoon and eeep smooshed into one hearty, blissful sigh of readerly satisfaction.) Barbed banter, intrigue and danger and a family mystery to solve. It all builds into a frenzy of bibliophile ecstasy -- especially since Hunter includes previous book heroes in all their besotted glory. I can't even express how thrilling that was!The most romanticalist romantical Regency romance ever!!!!
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    Yay!! I have been waiting for Jess’s story ever since The Noble Masquerade. That’s 6 books I’ve been waiting (yeah, yeah, it wasn’t a hardship but still!). When we met Darek in book 2 of The Haven Manor series, I rang my hands in gleeful anticipation. I knew Darek and Jess’s chemistry was going to have me grinning up a storm. And I wasn’t wrong. These two are a classic look at opposites attracting. She gets him to look at the world differently and vice versatility. They round each other out in Yay!! I have been waiting for Jess’s story ever since The Noble Masquerade. That’s 6 books I’ve been waiting (yeah, yeah, it wasn’t a hardship but still!). When we met Darek in book 2 of The Haven Manor series, I rang my hands in gleeful anticipation. I knew Darek and Jess’s chemistry was going to have me grinning up a storm. And I wasn’t wrong. These two are a classic look at opposites attracting. She gets him to look at the world differently and vice versatility. They round each other out in such a wonderful way. There was a mystery to this story that we haven’t really seen in other Kristi Hunter books and it was well done and intriguing. We were all along for the ride, trying to piece together the clues in the art. I loved seeing beloved characters from past books as well. And that closer scene was great and romantic. I only wish there had been more romantic scenes like that. A bit more heart-eye swoonies and this story would have ticked all the boxes.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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.*
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    We FINALLY have Jess's story!! Insert "squealing" here! I have been needing Jess's story for several books now and am so excited it's finally released! I could not put this one down. Derek is a perfect match for Jess in every sense of the word and I adored him and his growth in the book. Jess's backstory was one I wouldn't have thought up but it was perfect the way Kristi wrote it. We are reunited with several characters from the Hawthorne House set and that was a favorite part of the story for We FINALLY have Jess's story!! Insert "squealing" here! I have been needing Jess's story for several books now and am so excited it's finally released! I could not put this one down. Derek is a perfect match for Jess in every sense of the word and I adored him and his growth in the book. Jess's backstory was one I wouldn't have thought up but it was perfect the way Kristi wrote it. We are reunited with several characters from the Hawthorne House set and that was a favorite part of the story for me. The humor I have come to expect from Kristi's books was there in spades and made the story even better for me. I know that I am gushing but Kristi has been a favorite author of mine since reading her first book(I have read them all) and she never disappoints. From great characters, tons of humor and a fantastic setting and time period, Kristi's books are always instant favorites for me and I devour them as soon as they are released. Her books are firmly on my keeper shelf!I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 stars! Full review to come!
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5stars"I am starting to wonder . . . .if I have ever actually met you. . . . . . Are you that prickly, argumentative woman . . . . or are you the woman who talked to me in the hayloft?" Sometimes Jessamine Beauchene doesn't even know who she truly is, so how can she possibly explain herself to the man who has morphed from constantly irritating into annoyingly (or in rare instances adorably) perceptive? Forced to confide in art expert Derek Thornbury, Jess tasks him with helping her to solve a 3.5stars"I am starting to wonder . . . .if I have ever actually met you. . . . . . Are you that prickly, argumentative woman . . . . or are you the woman who talked to me in the hayloft?" Sometimes Jessamine Beauchene doesn't even know who she truly is, so how can she possibly explain herself to the man who has morphed from constantly irritating into annoyingly (or in rare instances adorably) perceptive? Forced to confide in art expert Derek Thornbury, Jess tasks him with helping her to solve a generational mystery that could literally change the course of history, but she is equally convinced that her brain might die a slow, awkward death if she has to endure Derek's incessant diatribe of interesting (to him only) facts. Travelling surreptitiously through-out England to view a rare collection of paintings brings Jess and Derek closer to the truth, but also reveals the danger embedded in their search. There are those intent on thwarting her, making Jess all the more cautious about involving those that she has grown to love; forcing her to wonder just how the quirky, but increasingly gallant historian fits into a different picture . . . that of her future. Carrying the weight of heavy plot elements, this book's myriads of twists, turns, art references and duplicious, poetic meanderings may serve to confuse the reader as much as it did the characters themselves. Fortunately, its core is strong and its characters quite resiliant, for the ending is definitely worth the beginning; or perhaps the beginning is definitely worth the ending, for both are positively a "pursuit of home". I received a copy of this book from author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    4.5Kristi Ann Hunter’s Haven Manor series is a Regency delight. The latest addition, A Pursuit of Home, proves to be everything I expected for Jess Beauchene (but of course, never would have guessed). It is a fitting conclusion to the series—with appearances from its many beloved characters (and even a few from the Hawthorne House series). When Jess needs help solving a family mystery, she knows only one person to ask for help: Derek Thornbury, an art expert—and a man she cannot stand. Still, he 4.5Kristi Ann Hunter’s Haven Manor series is a Regency delight. The latest addition, A Pursuit of Home, proves to be everything I expected for Jess Beauchene (but of course, never would have guessed). It is a fitting conclusion to the series—with appearances from its many beloved characters (and even a few from the Hawthorne House series). When Jess needs help solving a family mystery, she knows only one person to ask for help: Derek Thornbury, an art expert—and a man she cannot stand. Still, he cannot resist the pull of historical intrigue she offers, and the mismatched pair begins an unlikely journey neither could have anticipated.Together, Jess and Derek make a fun pair. She is fierce and impulsive, while he is steady and cerebral. They may seem like opposites (and exchange no shortage of witty jabs), but he sees her better than anyone else has, making the slowly growing romance feel so natural.I wholly enjoyed A Pursuit of Home (and the rest of the series, too!). If you love Regency romance, do yourself a favor and take trip after trip to Haven Manor.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
    January 1, 1970
    Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my favorite Regency period writers. The setting of Haven Manor has been perfect for this series, and from her detailed descriptions, I think I could recognize the Manor if I came upon it during a walk in that fictional countryside. Her storylines are interesting and always have a thread of intrigue. There’s been some other wonderful characters in this series, but Jess has always been the character in whom I’ve been the most interested. There’s always been such mystery Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my favorite Regency period writers. The setting of Haven Manor has been perfect for this series, and from her detailed descriptions, I think I could recognize the Manor if I came upon it during a walk in that fictional countryside. Her storylines are interesting and always have a thread of intrigue. There’s been some other wonderful characters in this series, but Jess has always been the character in whom I’ve been the most interested. There’s always been such mystery around her, and it was obvious that she had some serious defensive skills. It was fun to read her story, and it was all that I’d hoped for with a suspenseful storyline and a good dose of humor.I never would have put Jess and Derek together as a couple, but it was the perfect combination of their differences that made this story so entertaining to read. I was looking for every chance I could find to read and see what was going to happen next. We also get to catch up with some other characters from the series and that added to the fun. This is a clean, sweet Regency story with a thread of faith that winds all the way through it. I’m ready to read through this series again, and at the same time, looking forward to the next one from this author.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book from Kristi Ann Hunter. I really enjoyed Jess' story. There is quite a bit of back story that even links into the Hawthorne House series. I wasn't exactly sure where this story was going, but I like where it ended up. I'm glad to see that Daphne, Kit, and Jess all got their happily ever afters.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Jess's story was such a surprise! We got to know Jess a little bit in the previous two books in the Havon Manor series and I was intrigued to know more...but I didn't expect what was going to be revealed in this book!I loved the mystery and puzzle-solving aspect in A Pursuit of Home. It added some intensity as they were racing to find the hidden artifact before the enemies did. I loved seeing Jess and Derek interact, as you could tell they had feelings for each other but were fighting them. Wow! Jess's story was such a surprise! We got to know Jess a little bit in the previous two books in the Havon Manor series and I was intrigued to know more...but I didn't expect what was going to be revealed in this book!I loved the mystery and puzzle-solving aspect in A Pursuit of Home. It added some intensity as they were racing to find the hidden artifact before the enemies did. I loved seeing Jess and Derek interact, as you could tell they had feelings for each other but were fighting them. ;)The story ended well and I really enjoyed this book. I loved the entire series and recommend them to fans of historical romance. I can't wait to read Hunter's next book. ;)*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely the best book in this series! I absolutely loved it! Not only do we finally get to learn Jess’s story, we also get to visit with some old friends! This makes me want to reread all of these books! This was definitely worth the wait! Kristi Ann Hunter is definitely a favorite when it comes to Regency! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes stories are more about the one doing the telling than the tale being told. The true magic is the heart in the words, the emotion in the pauses, the depth of the conviction. “ This is the beginning of A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Hunter the third book in the Haven Manor series. Our heroine, Jess Beauchene, has appeared in the last two novels and has always been a favorite character of mine. Her past has been a mystery and we really do not know her backstory until now. Our hero, Derek “Sometimes stories are more about the one doing the telling than the tale being told. The true magic is the heart in the words, the emotion in the pauses, the depth of the conviction. “ This is the beginning of A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Hunter the third book in the Haven Manor series. Our heroine, Jess Beauchene, has appeared in the last two novels and has always been a favorite character of mine. Her past has been a mystery and we really do not know her backstory until now. Our hero, Derek Thornbury, is an expert in artifacts and history. The two have never really hit it off, but now Jess needs Derek and his talents to solve a family mystery. Their story is filled with adventure, intrigue, disguises, love, and the humor Kristi Hunter is known for. I was drawn into this amazing book after the first two sentences and reminded of how much I love Ms. Hunter’s gifted storytelling, the depth of her writing, and her insightful spiritual themes. I was so glad for the opportunity to read A Pursuit of Home and truly sad when it ended. It is a wonderful story. I highly recommend you read A Pursuit of Home. It will be the highlight of your year. I was given a copy by the publisher, but not required to write a positive review.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Diaries were incredible windows into the past…He wanted that diary. The question was, did he want it badly enough to deal with her?’Jess has been an enigma since the first book in this incredible series, A Defense of Honor. She’s cantankerous and intensely private. I was intrigued to read her story and taken completely by surprise. Jess has a sharp tongue but she is funny. Oh the dialogue between her and Derek was downright hilarious at times. He’s marvelous, by the way. A man of God who ‘Diaries were incredible windows into the past…He wanted that diary. The question was, did he want it badly enough to deal with her?’Jess has been an enigma since the first book in this incredible series, A Defense of Honor. She’s cantankerous and intensely private. I was intrigued to read her story and taken completely by surprise. Jess has a sharp tongue but she is funny. Oh the dialogue between her and Derek was downright hilarious at times. He’s marvelous, by the way. A man of God who desires to help others makes him the perfect counterpart to Jess’s prickly exterior. I enjoyed this book and didn’t want it to end. Hunter has once again given Regency fans a series to read over and over again, making it a modern ‘classic’. I can’t wait to see what is next in her repertoire of book ideas. I received a copy of the book from the publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.
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  • Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    January 1, 1970
    "There is power beyond might and strength."This book would take the whole of your mind and require your time to enjoy it. It is that captivating. To enjoy this book you have to have patience and be ready to settle down.The weight of a Nation rested on Jess and she did everything she could to save her people with the help of Derek. Her wit, determination, survival instinct were unrivalled. The author's writing style was wonderful, I learnt a lot of new words from it. I love the various mentions "There is power beyond might and strength."This book would take the whole of your mind and require your time to enjoy it. It is that captivating. To enjoy this book you have to have patience and be ready to settle down.The weight of a Nation rested on Jess and she did everything she could to save her people with the help of Derek. Her wit, determination, survival instinct were unrivalled. The author's writing style was wonderful, I learnt a lot of new words from it. I love the various mentions of art in the book.The serious minded Derek, an expert on art and ancient writings. His articulation, focus was endearing to read about. I found it funny how they both got under each other's skin. A wonderful story of triumphs, strength, family, pursuing what matters and determination. This was one unpredictable book. You can't just predict the ending. I received a copy of this book from Netgallery. All opinions expressed here are mine.
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  • Be
    January 1, 1970
    DNF - I just could not get into this book. I love the concept.
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I have greatly enjoyed this series, but for some reason this last book fell a little flat for me. Jess is such an intriguing character with her mysterious past, and I was excited to learn about her origins and everything she has gone through to bring her to where and who she is. I liked the contrast in personalities between her and Derek, and the way they come to appreciate each other's unique talents and abilities. The vagueness of the mystery they are solving made it hard for me to reason out I have greatly enjoyed this series, but for some reason this last book fell a little flat for me. Jess is such an intriguing character with her mysterious past, and I was excited to learn about her origins and everything she has gone through to bring her to where and who she is. I liked the contrast in personalities between her and Derek, and the way they come to appreciate each other's unique talents and abilities. The vagueness of the mystery they are solving made it hard for me to reason out their choices and visualize their methods. I understood the purpose and end goal, but there was much that was unclear and I felt rather lost along their journey.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Andrea Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    I have been anticipating this story since A Noble Masquerade first came out and it didn't disappoint! I actually think Kristi Hunter stepped it up a notch with this one. Only complaint- no swoon-worthy kiss. What's up with that?
  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    This has been one of my favorite series of all time. Each story was so unique and had amazing characters. I’ve been wanting to learn more about Jess since the beginning so this book was a treat. It went in a different direction than I was expecting. She was so tough that I was expecting some kind of story of hardship or abuse. I was totally surprised to learn of her family’s history.Jess is fascinating. She is a master of disguise. I laughed at her antics and escape attempts. It was interesting This has been one of my favorite series of all time. Each story was so unique and had amazing characters. I’ve been wanting to learn more about Jess since the beginning so this book was a treat. It went in a different direction than I was expecting. She was so tough that I was expecting some kind of story of hardship or abuse. I was totally surprised to learn of her family’s history.Jess is fascinating. She is a master of disguise. I laughed at her antics and escape attempts. It was interesting that Derek, who is so unlike her, is the one who can see through some of them. Their interactions are great. They made me laugh, especially in the beginning. As they are thrown together trying to solve a mystery, they come to rely on each other and each other’s strengths. It’s a beautiful thing.This was a very enjoyable read. It was fun that characters from the prior books were a part of this endeavor. I’d highly recommend this book and the series. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Haven Manor series:Prequel Novella: A Search for RefugeBook 1: A Defense of HonorBook 2: A Return of DevotionBook 3: A Pursuit of Home#Netgalley #APursuitOfHome
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  • Carol R.
    January 1, 1970
    Kristi Ann Hunter returns with the conclusion to her inspirational historical series, set in 19th century English countryside.In A Pursuit of Home, Jess Beauchene spent her life hiding and on the run in England, believing she is the sole survivor from her family after an uprising in her former country, Verbonne. When she unexpectedly learns that her family might be alive and in danger, Jess seeks help from an unexpected source, an art historian she doesn’t like.Derek Thornbury is an expert in Kristi Ann Hunter returns with the conclusion to her inspirational historical series, set in 19th century English countryside.In A Pursuit of Home, Jess Beauchene spent her life hiding and on the run in England, believing she is the sole survivor from her family after an uprising in her former country, Verbonne. When she unexpectedly learns that her family might be alive and in danger, Jess seeks help from an unexpected source, an art historian she doesn’t like.Derek Thornbury is an expert in historical artifacts. Even though Jess doesn’t like him, she needs his help in deciphering a family journal with clues to an art treasure being sought by her family’s enemies. Will they be able to work together and solve the mystery before her family is harmed? Can they decipher the mystery from the past and find a future together?Hunter pens another well-written historical novel filled with love and faith that her fans will enjoy reading. Intrigue, treasure hunting, mystery, and clean romance abound in the latest novel from Ms. Hunter. Themes of love, family, and sacrifice run throughout this story. Her characters are delightful, and well-developed in this series. The relationship between Jess and Derek, two unlikely candidates for romance, is a slow-growing, sweet one, appropriate for teen readers. Readers of her earlier books “met” Jess and have been eagerly awaiting her story. A Pursuit of Home is much like Jess, full of spunk, heartache, loyalty, adventure, and plenty of plot twists. Characters from previous books in this series make an appearance, much to the delight of the reader. Carol R. GehringerEarlier books in this series: A Return of Devotion, and A Defense of Honor.Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.
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  • V. Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter is a masterpiece of romance, adventure, and witty bickering! These vivid brushstrokes of story have guaranteed that A Pursuit of Home will forever and always be one of my favorite Kristi Ann Hunter books!So in case you didn't catch it from my terminology above, there's a lot of art in this story! Some of the art mentioned is real, and some of it's not. Regardless of it's "realness," I loved the way the author pulled these vivid images into the story in a A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter is a masterpiece of romance, adventure, and witty bickering! These vivid brushstrokes of story have guaranteed that A Pursuit of Home will forever and always be one of my favorite Kristi Ann Hunter books!So in case you didn't catch it from my terminology above, there's a lot of art in this story! Some of the art mentioned is real, and some of it's not. Regardless of it's "realness," I loved the way the author pulled these vivid images into the story in a way that didn't slow down the adventure! And that adventure!! No spoilers, but it was like a fairy tale and a treasure hunt come to life in Regency England! Absolutely amazing!I've loved Jess since I first met her! She's snarky, loving, and intriguing. And I loved the journey that she took on a personal level while traipsing around England! Watching her finally step out of the shadows and into the light, finally believing that she was worthy of sacrificial love, will squeeze your heart into a pile of happy goo. And Derek! Derek was quirky, quick-witted, and steadfast. You gotta love a guy that knits! He didn't let Jess' prickly demeanor push him away, but instead remained a steady presence for her, lovingly drawing her away from her chamber of secrets. Their rocky, bickering relationship slowly gave way to perfectly-timed love! I'm still swooning from their romance!Five Stars ~ A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter is a work of art! A Pursuit of Home is the third book in the author's Haven Manor Series from Bethany House. While some details and setup would make more sense if you've read the previous books in the series and/or A Noble Masquerade (where Jess first appeared on the scene!) from the Hawthorne House Series, A Pursuit of Home can be read as a standalone.Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
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