By Kristi Ann Hunter
Bethany House, 2019. 380 pgs. Historical Romance
For most of her life Jess Beauchene has been hiding and always on the move in order to escape her past. When she learns that there might be a member of her family still alive, after believing them dead for years, she knows that it is time to try to solve the secret of an old family diary entrusted to her. She can't do it on her own and is forced to ask for help from the one man she can't stand. Derek Thornbury is an expert in history and artifacts. He is shocked when Jess asks for his help but he can't resist the puzzle of the diary. Jess and Derek put their lives on the line as they race to find the hidden artifacts before her family's enemies do. Jess may be the only one to save the nation her family was forced to flee before they were murdered.
This is the third book in the Haven Manor series. Jess has always been the quiet but determined cook in the first two novels but his book really explores her traumatic past and the reasons she has had to learn to defend herself and the people she loves. I really enjoyed the mystery and adventure of this novel. Jess and Derek couldn't be more different but they end up being perfect for each other.