Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.
Warwickshire, England, 1812
Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake Mr. Northam.
There’s only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won’t leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret’s chances for making a good match—to his cousin or anyone else. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage—to Lord Williams.
Under no condition will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, interrupting her family games and following her on morning walks, winning the good opinion of her siblings and proving himself intelligent and even kind, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the type of man she’d hoped to marry before she’d learned how much love hurt. When paths diverge and her time with Lord Williams ends, Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.
You never quite know what you’re going to get when you read a book by a debut author. I knew this one would be good, because it’s a Proper Romance, but I was blown away by just how good it was!
I loved the way this book is told from Margaret’s perspective. And only her perspective. A lot of times I want to see perspectives from the male lead as well. But the way this one was, it just worked. Margaret is wanting to marry, and she wants to marry someone that she knows she will never give her heart to. It’s already been broken once, and she refuses to allow it to be broken again.
So she goes to a house party with the intent of picking out the kind of man she could never love. And there she meets cousins, Lord Williams and Mr Northam. She settles on Mr Northam and all would have worked out just how she wanted if not for her brother, Daniel, walking in at the wrong moment.
I have to say that I love Margaret’s relationships with her siblings. She and Daniel are constantly trying to best each other at whatever they do. And her little sister Alice is a delight. It was so fun to see their relationship.
I loved the way Lord Williams was forced on Margaret. And try as she might, she couldn’t get away from him. The banter between these two was probably my favorite part of this book. It’s just so great!
Make sure you take the time to read this one! It’s amazing and I LOVED it!
I was sent a copy of Promised as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the author
Though she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She has resided in Hawaii and Italy, has walked the countryside of England, and owns every mainstream movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She’s currently living her own happily ever after in Utah with her husband and three kids. Leah is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.
Visit the author at www.LeahGarriott.com
What to read after Promised
This post contains affiliate links.