A brief summary from Kristi Ann Hunter:
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 of the past lead to a future together?
Ya’ll, I just L O V E Derek Thornbury!!!
If anyone knows the real deal, and he happens to be single, please send him my way! 😉
Derek is scholastic, very methodical and meticulous, and possess a dry sense of humor that made me laugh out loud multiple times during the course of this book. I was smitten the very moment we catch a glimpse of how he purposely goads Jess the way he does. It was so DELIGHTFUL! ha!
Ok, now that I’ve gushed about Derek a somewhat significant amount, lets talk about the book. A Pursuit of Home picks up in the Haven Manor series with Jess Beauchene, an informant in hiding, who carries a rather huge secret about her past and who she truly is. When she catches wind that her family might still be living, Jess decides its high time to solve the mystery of the secret she’s long carried. But Jess finds it hard to trust those around her, even those she’s known for years. Only willing to disclose small tidbits of information at a time, Jess and Derek go on a cross-country hunt to uncover the truth about Jess’ past.
This was such an intriguing read! I really enjoyed Derek and Jess’ tension and how it lent itself to the plot of the story. I think Kristi Ann Hunter did a great job of keeping the mysteriousness alive until the end of the A Pursuit of Home, which always makes a read even more fun. And of course, I just LOVED Derek!! Kristi, if you need a hero to have his own spin-off series, I vote Derek all the way! 🙂
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.