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?
A Return of Devotion is a beautiful tale of love, restoration, reconciliation, and knowing that your past mistakes do not define you. This is book 2 in the Haven Manor series and this is Daphne’s story.
Taking place after the events that happened at the end of the last book, this story picks up as the new owner of the house, William, Marquis of Chemsford, comes to take over and live in the manor since it is a ways out in the country. He really sees potential in the home though it certainly needs work, but it will work for him to stay mainly out of society. William was a very serious fellow, trying not to follow in the steps of his foolish father; he liked to be in control. When he arrives at the home, he nonetheless is very surprised by the “servants” in residence, especially Daphne the “housekeeper”.
Author Hunter’s trademark wit ensues and the banter between William and Daphne is sometimes borderline crazy/hilarious. However the peculiar conversations between Daphne and other townspeople were a riot and must be in control William is highly curious as to what is really going on.
I was sitting on the edge of my seat so to speak as to when all the secrets of Haven House would be revealed. This is an enjoyable book about a heavy matter that was made lighter with humor and love. I look forward to reading about Jess next and her knife wielding ways.
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