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?
Hunter (Return of Devotion)centers the pleasing third entry in the Haven Manor series on Jess Beauchene, heir to a lost European kingdom who is living in hiding. Twenty-five-year-old Jess escaped from France to England 10 years ago in 1806, after her family the last remaining members of the fictional kingdom of Verdonne were captured and their home was burned down. Now Jess works as a cook at Haven Manor, an estate in the English countryside. After she receives a cryptic letter and learns that a family member might still be alive, she risks exposing herself to find the truth. Derek Thornbury, a rare artifacts expert, spends his days at Haven Manor analyzing paintings and is skeptical of Jess's request to help her decipher clues in an old family journal. As they follow the journal's clues, they draw closer together, but locating the lost crown of Verdonne, which will prove her family's claim, proves harder than they expected. Faith elements are light, and though the supporting cast is used mainly to further the plot, the chemistry between Jess and Derek develops organically. Hunter nicely blends historical romance and mystery in this satisfying tale.
A great to close this series.
Finally I get to know Jess and I loved her. She is funny, loving, loyal and deadly. Readers will understand what makes her so prickly. This story was engaging, a tearjerker and about someone who persevere despite the tragic circumstances. One of the things I love with Ms. Hunter’s writing is her wit among her characters. This one is definitely a keeper for me. You will be surprised and happy to see who pops up.
I cannot wait for her next book.
I received this book from the publisher and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.