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About Promises and Primroses
Lord Elliott Mayfield has done his best to take care of his family, first his siblings and now his nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, he sees this new generation moving in the same direction of bad matches and scandalous relationships as the last. In hopes to change their course, he establishes a “marriage campaign” to motivate them to improve themselves through making respectable matches. With his heart in the right place, what could possibly go wrong?
Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?
Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.
But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.
Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.
Promises and Primroses is the start of the new Mayfield Family Series by Josi Kilpack. I love when you find a new book that you love and you know there are going to be more because it’s a series!
Something I found really fun about this one is the way there are kind of two parallel love stories going on throughout the novel. There are four main characters that the reader grows to know and the way their stories intersect was so amazing to me! I loved it! It’s so fun to see the story through the eyes of these four characters.
First up we meet Elliot. He’s an older man. He’s made some mistakes in his life, but he’s really given his whole life to his family. He had to give up some things as a young man to make everything better for them. Now in his old age, he’s trying to help his nieces and nephews become the type of people they should have if their parents had done a better job with them. I loved the concern he shows for his relatives when he could just ignore their behavior.
Next is Peter. Peter is one of Elliot’s nephews, his heir, in fact. Peter is a great man. He’s doing his best as a parent to his to daughter’s on his own, as his wife died before the story begins. Peter wants nothing to do with getting married again. He’s still in love with his life and his focus is his dogs and his daughters. I loved the way Peter is humble enough to listen when Julia tells him things that need to change with his daughters.
Then there’s Julia. Julia is a young woman, she works as a governess. She’s applied to be Peter’s governess, but that’s up to him after the interview process. I love the way Julia cares for both children and dogs. She’s one of those people who give their whole heart to things they love or believe in. It was fun to watch her character throughout this book. There were things that were a bit confusing to her, that the reader understands from being able to see the whole story through everyone else’s point of view. That was really funny in one part where all of the main characters are together.
Last, but not least is Amelia. Amelia is Julia’s mom. She isn’t thrilled with Julia wanting to be a governess. She thinks that Julia should be working on finding a husband, or caring for her niece’s and nephews instead of working for some one else. The thing I really liked about Amelia is that she was the character in this one who changed the very most. She sees Julia as a child at the beginning of the book. She tries to control everything Julia does. But Julia is an adult and needs to choose her own path.
I loved the way these characters paths intersect in this book. It was fun to see the way they interacted. And the plot was cute. I loved the love story. At the beginning of the book, the reader isn’t sure if the characters would ever get to where they’d fall in love at all. I loved the way the story ends. Can’t wait to read more of these Mayfield Family books!
I was sent a copy of this book as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
About the author
Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.
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