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.
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
|Audiobook Narrator||Justine Eyre|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 8.81 Hrs|
Very intriguing. Interesting from start to finish. Spellbinding and wondering what would happen. Have 2nd book. I am looking forward to reading it. Josi S. Kilpack is a great writer.
I really liked this book. It is a two for one love story between a daughter and mother with a gentleman and his uncle. We get all points of view which worked clearly since it stated at the beginning of each chapter whose pov we were getting in that chapter. One thinks that we are going to get a typical widower falls in love with the pretty governess but the book had more layers than just that simple plot line. Besides being attractive, Julia is wonderful with the children in her care and she is also brilliant with dogs which makes her a great fit for Peter's life. I was a little surprised at how much more adept she is with the dogs when dogs are his passion. Julia grieves still for her father and struggles with her overbearing but loving mother.
Peter struggles with the attraction to Julia because it is inappropriate to feel such for one's servant and he is doing all he can to combat the reputation his awful family has earned. He is upright and honorable but a little over reactive to anything that might threaten the reputation he is working so hard for. Julia's mother's disapproval of her employment and particularly working for him is enough to make him want to dismiss Julia immediately. Even knowing it would be a disservice to his daughters and Julia isn't enough to override his fears for not being honorable. He is also still grieving for his beloved wife.
Elliott just seems a little tired and wants to get his family back on track. He grieves over what his family could have been but has not lived up to. Amelia walking back into his life is a surprise but he finds his attraction to her hasn't died over time. I felt a little frustrated that he didn't just come right out and explain more to her about what had happened all those years ago. I was glad that he was willing to tell Amelia what was what about her current behavior though.
Amelia grieves and was bitter about Elliott leaving her all those years ago. She just couldn't let it go and even knowing it was wrong does what she could to keep her daughter from being a part of the Mayfield family even as a servant.
The reader knows from the beginning that there will be a happily ever after and in this case, two. But I really didn't know how the story would go to get to that point. Would Peter turn Julia out or keep her under his roof? Would Amelia repent her behavior or would Julia have to defy her mother yet again. But it wasn't too high an angst level so it was fun to just read and enjoy the story to see where it would go on its way to the HEA.
No sex, language or violence
I really enjoy Josi Killpack as an author. Her books are always a delight. This book follows the development of one main romantic relationship with a secondary one also followed. The main relationship develops between Peter and Julia. Julia is Peter's governess for his two little girls. His wife died before the start of the book. The second one involves Peter's uncle and Julia's mother Amelia. Peter loved his first wife deeply and only falls in love reluctantly. Julia and her mother have a loving, but conflicted relationship, as Amelia refuses to see that Julia is an adult and wished to choose her own way of life, not her mother's. As Amelia and Peter's uncle, Lord Mayfield, had a romantic relationship years before that had not worked out well, Amelia is dead-set on her daughter having no sort of relationship with any of the Mayfields, even an employer/employee relationship. This is what causes the main conflict in the book. Of course, being a "Proper romance", all ends out beautifully for both relationships. Julia and Peter end up together, as do Amelia and Lord Mayfield. I am glad this is a series. I have also read her second one in this series, "Daisies and Devotion", which is also delightful.
Well written, great characters, and engaging
Josi Kilpack has a gift for writing books with a lot of heart. In this story of 'promises and primroses', the two main characters have no intention of falling in love when they meet. Peter Mayfield just needs a governess for his two daughters. And Julia desperately wants a chance to make her own decisions about her future. When they meet at a job interview, Peter is surprised by the attraction he feels to Julia. As a result he doesn't hire her. But after his other options don't work out, he seeks her out of necessity. When Peter discovers that Julia happens to share his passion for dogs, his attraction to her continues to grow. But as things continue to develop between them, circumstances beyond their control impact their changing feelings. Peter's Uncle Elliott has come up with a scheme to fix his families' reputation and it involves encouraging his nieces and nephews to marry well and rewarding them accordingly. Peter wants nothing to do with it, but his Uncle is determined to see his Peter happily remarried regardless. In addition, it turns out that Julia's mother and Peter's uncle used to court thirty years ago, and Julia's mother, Amelia, still maintains bitter feelings about it. Amelia has no intention of allowing her daughter to work for, let alone fall in love with a Mayfield. With Uncle Elliott's and Amelia's interference getting in the way, will Peter and Julia find a way to make their relationship work? I enjoyed this book immensely. The book read easily as all Kilpack's books do. And her characters, even when doing unlikable things, still manage to be sympathetic and believable.
PROMISES AND PRIMROSES is a delightful story! There are two storylines that intertwine, great characters, and plenty of tension to keep things interesting. A sweet beginning to this new series about a family who needs some saving and an uncle who is trying to do so in his own creative way.
This was a fun story to read! I always appreciate when an author can write dialogue that feels genuine and is also engaging. The characters were easy to relate to and the plot had enough twists and turns with some emotional pulls that kept me interested in what would happen next. I loved the chemistry between these characters, particularly between Julia and Peter, although both couples have great chemistry. I don't always enjoy stories with two different storylines, but I was okay with how these two different romances played out. The romance is of course the focus of the story, but there was also a bit more going on here. There is the whole situation with Peter's uncle and their family as well as with the dogs. Peter's little girls were also adorable and added another enjoyable aspect to the story.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to Peter's brother's story next and to get to know others in the Mayfield family who may need to redeem themselves.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
Poignant and beautiful! Every time I read one of Josi Kilpack's books, I think it more sweet and touching than the last, and this one was no exception. I have to be honest that the first chapter was difficult for me to get into, and I'm not sure why. I mean, the premise should have been intriguing, but I wanted the main character to be the first one to come out and grab me, and this one, well, didn't. It was actually a little confusing because I felt more time was spent on getting to know the uncle rather than the main character. However, I stuck with the book and was so glad I did. Eventually, it got to the point that I didn't want to leave the Mayfield world. It wasn't until I finished the book that I realized that I had slowly grown to care deeply for the characters in much the same was as the characters had fallen in love with each other. Peter was an amazing character, and I enjoyed the journey of watching how he and Julia repaired a family. I would definitely read the next book in the series.
Promises and Primroses was a fun and easy read. This would be a great book club read because at the end of the book there are discussion questions. This book reminds the readers that their past shouldn’t define their future. Our perceptions on how things are isn’t always accurate and life requires us to forgive in order to live our happiest life. I loved the development of characters in this book and the use of symbolism.
These are my own opinions and I did receive a free copy of this book.
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!
This is a book I finished with a sigh and satisfied smile. Isn't that the best feeling? The premise of the book and series with Lord Elliot's marriage campaign is unique and intriguing, and I'm looking forward to the books that are sure to follow. This first book focused not only on the oldest nephew, Peter, but also explored the history of Lord Elliot's past relationship with Peter's governess's mother. The four-person point of view wasn't overwhelming at all, but seamlessly woven together in a lovely balance as each character worked through their issues. I especially loved Julia and her selfless service for Peter and his children, even though she doesn't have a need for employment. The slowly blossoming romance between her and Peter was oh-so-good and despite the conflicting family dynamics, they are able to find their way to a happily-ever after. Such a wonderful Regency romance with depth and the promise of more to come!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I stayed up way past a reasonable bedtime to finish reading this because I just had to know how it ended. I love the characters in this novel from the two main characters, to the supporting main characters, to the children, and the dogs. There were a lot of interesting story elements.
Julia Hollingsworth is trying to make her own way in the world and taking a path that is much different than the one her mother, Amelia Hollingsworth, wants for her. When Julia becomes governess for the widower Peter Mayfield, her mother does all she can to put an end to the job because of the Mayfield family’s tainted reputation – and because Lord Elliott Mayfield, Peter’s uncle - once broke her heart. But Peter is a good man, and Julia fits in easily with his daughters. Peter also finds her experience with dog breeding almost as helpful as her gift with children. They’re thrown together often, and even though he is determined never to marry again, Peter finds himself growing ever more attracted to his daughter’s governess. Julia struggles with her attraction to him knowing she is considered a servant in the household. Things get really complicated when Amelia asks Peter to ‘fire’ Julia without Julia’s knowledge, and when Amelia finds herself frequently in the company of her former beau, Lord Mayfield, whom she has never quite gotten over.
I love all the twists and conflicts in this plot. I also like the various life lessons learned through the mistakes and good choices made Lord Mayfield, Amelia, Peter, and Julia. This is a beautiful story with wonderful characters.
I can't resist a Proper Romance-it really is a great line of books that you should check out if you haven't yet.
The cover of Promises and Primroses is eye catching, and the graphic that says Mayfield Family Series makes it that much more interesting for me. I have no idea how many other books will be in the series, but I liked that book one felt complete. There are definitely things that aren't explained, but the main characters in this book get a happy ending (a must have for me).
I will admit I was a little nervous when I opened the book and saw the family pedigree. Sometimes a book will have a cast of characters, and that makes me think too much will be going on and I'll be lost. I don't like having to refer back to something like that to know who's who. Thankfully, that wasn't an issue with this story. There is definitely mention of other family members, but the focus wasn't on more than four people, and that wasn't overwhelming.
I enjoyed the story and really felt for Julia (especially at the beginning). This was a fast read for me, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Another great book from Josi. Josi offers perspectives of different relationships in this book, not just a love story. The conflict between a mother and daughter is something that was intriguing to me. I enjoyed how it changed perspectives between characters, so you could truly get the depth of how they were feeling. I adored the strength and confidence of Julie's character, it is always nice to see a strong feminine role. This book is completely charming, and has just that dash of romance we all love to read. I'm anxious to see what else is in store for the Mayfield family. (Also, I appreciated that the author included a family chart at the beginning so when talking about characters, I could understand where they came from in the family line.
*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for honest review*