Kristi Ann Hunter. A Search for Refuge: A Haven Manor Novella. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2018.
I happened to be awake in the middle of the night on March 6th. If any of you follow Kristi Ann Hunter and read her stories, then you may know that March 6th was the release date for her free e-novella, A Search for Refuge. Needless to say, it was the perfect read for a nearly sleepless night, as the story put me in a pleasant frame of mind when I finally drifted off to sleep several hours later. :)
Ms. Hunter kicks off her Haven Manor series with a free e-novella, A Search for Refuge. Margaretta Fortescue finds herself running from her previous life to the small town of Marlborough. She hopes to discover a solution to her current predicament through the wisdom of an old friend, who also seemed to disappear from London society along a similar route. Along the way, Margaretta is taken under the wing of one of the town’s elderly widows and her neighbor, solicitor Nash Banfield. While Nash has no intention of becoming emotionally connected to anyone after the tragic loss of his sister, he soon finds himself drawn to Margaretta and her situation. Together, Margaretta and Nash discover the truth of her friend’s condition and become determined to risk everything on a solution to all of their problems.
While remaining in Ms. Hunter’s Regency era world, A Search for Refuge offers readers a different perspective on the period. With a quieter setting, her characters still show an incredible spirit and determination that will make readers recognize them as being distinctly those created by Ms. Hunter.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Search for Refuge! In reading this story, I found it to be slightly more sedated and less humorous than Ms. Hunter’s previous novels. While this calmer approach seems appropriate to this particular tale, Ms. Hunter returns to her full effect in the rest of the series, as evidenced in the sneak peak for A Defense of Honor, which is also included in this e-novella. Ms. Hunter continues to engage her readers in an interesting cast of characters and intriguing settings of the Regency Era. Yet, she brings a new set of circumstances that make for compelling storylines and fascinating directions for her characters’ development. By the end of this novella and the novel excerpt, I couldn’t wait to read the first full novel of the Haven Manor series!
Fans of Ms. Hunter’s previous works will definitely want to read A Search for Refuge! Likewise, those who enjoy reading Regency era stories by Christian authors will find this story to be well worth tracking down in its electronic format.
The first, full-length novel of Ms. Hunter’s Haven Manor series, A Defense of Honor, will be released in June!
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