About Love and Lavender
Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, Hazel knows marriage is unlikely, so she devotes herself to teaching at a private girls’ school.
When her uncle offers Hazel a substantial inheritance is he marries, she is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? But when she learns the school might be sold, she knows she must consider all her options.
Duncan Penhale thrives on order and process. He has no interest in marriage, so when Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, offers him an inheritance if he weds, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, an inheritance means he could purchase a building and run his own firm.
Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, claim their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But then Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must first live together as a couple for one year.
Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?
I don’t know what it is about the Mayfield Family books by Josi Kilpack, but they suck me in from the first. I love everything about them. The characters are great. And the plots are amazing. These books are awesome!
I really liked that both Hazel and Duncan are flawed. Hazel has a club foot that makes it hard for her to get around. She has always seen it as an imperfection, something that would make it so she wouldn’t get married…ever. But her Uncle Elliot wants all of his nieces and nephews to get married. And her offers her 50,000 pounds to do it. Hazel sees it as an impossibility to ever get married. Besides, she likes her life as a teacher just fine.
Duncan is a man who says exactly what he thinks. All. The. Time. Sometimes that is refreshing. But sometimes it can be hurtful. Duncan is an adopted nephew to Uncle Elliot and he too is offered something for getting married. He’s offered the building he lives in, for his very own.
It was really interesting to read how these two come up with a plan to get their respective inheritances by marrying each other. And they were none to thrilled when Uncle Elliot decides that they have to live together for a full year to receive them. But they say they will do it. I loved watching their year together. Learning to live with each other. And learning to love each other, regardless of limitations. There were so many great parts!
I loved this book! And I hope for more in this series.
I was sent a copy of Love and Lavender as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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