Timothy Mayfield has nearly given up on his search for a wife. Though he is the picture of a fine, social gentleman, Timothy wishes his finances provided a more stable foundation. Then his Uncle Elliott presents to him a solution: participate in his “marriage campaign,” and upon approval of his choice for a wife, Timothy’s inheritance will be his.
Freed from the constraints of having to marry for money, Timothy is ready to marry for love instead. And he knows exactly what he wants in a wife: youth, optimism, beauty, blonde hair, fine-boned features, shapely shoulders, small waist, blue eyes, button nose, solid fashion sense, a light laugh, low voice, arched eyebrows, fair skin, elegant fingers, quick wit, calm manner, and a dazzling smile.
His friend, Maryann Morrington, an heiress in her own right, tells him outright that his expectations are ridiculous—no such woman exists. Maryann had considered Timothy as a potential suitor for a time, but then their relationship shifted to friendship and she has avoided allowing herself to have feelings for him again.
She agrees to help him find his “perfect wife,” because she’s certain that the search will render nothing. Until it does. Miss Shaw appears to fulfill every single item on Timothy’s list—unlike Maryann who has brown hair, brown eyes, lacks delicate features, and possesses a laugh that is definitely unladylike.
But when Timothy and Miss Shaw begin courting, Timothy realizes something profound. He’d rather spend his time with Maryann. But can he trust his judgment when his heart has led him wrong so many times before?
It is only when Maryann leaves the London season early, that Timothy realizes that he had truly fallen in love with her and that his list of requirements were nothing but fantasy. If he hopes to build a strong relationship, Timothy must convince Maryann that she is the very woman he’d been looking for all along—before it is too late.
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2019|
This was such a fun story of how friends grow into such a wonderful relationship. It's also a beautiful story of how one's list might not be exactly what one needs. Timothy learns so much and Maryann is so careful and kind, especially with her heart on the line. I love how the stories overlap with PROMISES AND PRIMROSES toward the end. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a fantastic love story that will keep the pages turning. I can't wait for the next Mayfield family story.
Daisies and Devotion by Josi S. Kilpack is a clean romance novel. It is a feel-good story about two people who try to set each other up with people they know. The characters realize what true qualities are important in their future spouse. The characters learn they must have complete trust and forgiveness in any friendship to make the friendship bloom and grow. This story is predictable, but it is a good and easy read. I received a free copy of this book and these opinions are strictly mine.
One of my favorite romantic plot lines is two friends who are in love with each other, but don’t know it. ‘Daisies and Devotion’ is a variation on this plot and it plays out so well. Timothy Mayfield is a member of the ‘ton’ but has limited means. He needs to marry a woman with money if he has any hope of providing for a family, but he also hopes to marry for love. Maryann Morrington has a large dowry and has grown weary of men who only want to marry her for her money. She finds Timothy refreshing and is willing to give him a chance at courting her because he’s honest about both needing money and wanting to be in love with his wife.
Things quickly change when Timothy’s uncle offers a sizeable inheritance for him upon making a good marriage match. Timothy is now free to pursue whom ever he wishes without worrying about the woman’s financial situation and without anyone knowing that he now is a man of means.
Maryann is a little hurt when Timothy stops pursuing her until he discloses the reason to her. She’s surprised to find that she’s a little sad that he has no interest in her now that he has his own means, but offers to help him find his ‘ideal’ woman. Timothy is grateful for Maryann’s help, and also glad they have a common bond with which to continue their friendship. Eventually, he decides to help her find her perfect man. In the process they both find the qualities they value most are found in each other; however, they each know they aren’t the other person’s ‘ideal’, and keep their growing affection to themselves.
Josi Kilpack has crafted another engaging Regency romance full of all the things readers love most about that time period, along with a heartwarming romance. She cleverly weaves daisies into the story and they become part of Maryann and Timothy’s devotion. This book is absolutely delightful!
DAISIES AND DEVOTION is a story of two people who are looking for marriage, but find an unexpected friendship. Full of characters and emotions that will tug on readers' hearts, this is one historical romance story not to miss!
I should just never be surprised when this author exceeds my expectations... This story brought out the laughter, the tears, and a good amount of swooning. I absolutely loved the characters! They were so easy to relate to. Maryann is average - at least she's always felt such. Not a great beauty and not particularly talented in the way society values. She surprises herself and Timothy when she is honest and direct with him. They were already somewhat friends, but this honesty forces Timothy to also be honest with her, and from there a real friendship begins with the chance for more between them. They show each other a side of themselves that no one else sees and that no one portrays in society. It's refreshing and makes each of them take notice of the other. Timothy is such a good man. A true gentleman and with a kind heart. He's somewhat misguided in his ideal wife, but under the circumstances, it makes sense. Oh the heartbreak! Timothy values Maryann, but he still doesn't see her for who she could be to him and her heart is broken over and over again. Thank goodness this line is known for its happily-ever-afters.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story! It brought out all the feels, the heartache making the the sweet moments that much sweeter. Highly recommended!
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host/NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
Another swooning regency romance from Josi Kilpack. This book visits the Mayfield family once again (from Primrose and Promises), where Timothy is the main character in the story, and oh how you want to bop Timothy on the head for being so naive, and blurting out the things he says out loud to Maryanne.
Timothy initially wants to find security in his future, which means he needs to find a wife who has an inheritance. Maryanne, a good friend from his past, seems like the perfect candidate. While she is older, she has a secure future. Even though he doesn't feel that way about her, it's more important that he secure his future. However, he learns that he will actually receive a nice inheritance from his Uncle, which changes his plans entirely, letting Maryanne know that she no longer needs to consider courting him. Timothy says things to Maryanne about her laugh is "like a hyena", in a matter of fact way, not in a rude way. However, you learn is something is she is actually pretty self conscious about. These comments continue throughout the story, as Maryanne and Timothy look to help each other find their match.
Many aspects of this book were very enjoyable, I love revisiting the same family and learning of all their stories. Josi is a great writer, and I love how you feel like you are part of the story. Great addition to the Mayfield family series.
Sigh. This book was so sweet. So gentle. I just loved how softly it fell around my heart.
Maryann is a fantastic character. Her personality is well defined and I love how she is unlike the "norm" for the time. She speaks her mind, stands up for herself but never in an unkind way. She is gentle but strong too. She laughs loudly when amusement fills her. Maryann is exactly the kind of person I would love to be friends with. Evidently, Timothy feels the same way. Poor Maryann. Try as she might, she just cannot help but wish for more with Timothy even when he insults her (multiple times) and puts her firmly in the friend box.
It's such an interesting dynamic between Maryann and Timothy. I was invested and interested in them from beginning to end. I loved the ending chapters because by that time I really felt like I knew both Maryann and Timothy. The anticipation for me as a reader was heightened and all my emotions were there. I LOVE that.
This book is part of a series but I think each book can stand on it's own. I would recommend reading them in order just for your own enjoyment.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
I got to read the first book in this series, Promises and Primroses, last year. This made me super excited to get to read the next installment. I loved the way the characters from that one made an appearance in this one. It just makes the series fit together so much better than if they hadn’t.
This one is about Maryann and Timothy. I loved the way these two characters are together! They’re honest with each other about everything, even down to Timothy needing to marry a woman of means at the beginning. And Maryann knowing that she was an heiress that was a big concern for her, she was always having to fend off men who just wanted her money.
Maryann is witty and just a fun character. I loved the way she cared fiercely for her family. She had given up her whole life to care for her ill mother. And she gives up much to care for her older sister in this one as well. It just shows the kind of person she is and how much family means to her.
Then there’s Timothy. I loved the way he was the kind of gentleman all the girls would have been looking for in the season. He was honest and watched out for Maryann’s reputation, surprisingly even more than she did. And when he heard Uncle Elliott’s plan to give him more if he got married, things changed for him. He no longer needed money the way he thought he did. I loved watching his character open up a bit at this point.
The list…Timothy has a list of things he wants or does not want in a wife. And that is a big part of the plot of this one. He and Maryann actually had a bit of a tiff over his list. And he was unkind to Maryann about a thing or two on his list without ever meaning to be. I loved how this factored into the plot and the story. Such a great addition to it.
I can’t wait to see how the author uses Uncle Elliott’s ideas in the rest of the series!
If you love Regency romances, you won’t want to miss this one. I think you could read this one first if you wanted, but I’d highly suggest that you start with Promises and Primroses.
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and review an advance copy and happily give my honest feedback. I so enjoyed the previous book in the series, and looked forward to this one. I have to say, I loved this book even more! I liked that it felt different than many regency-era books I've read. I enjoyed the friendship between the main characters. Their relationship is complex and so perfectly real: they are comfortable with each other, they banter and tease, nit-pick and uplift. The dance scene at the end? Ahhh! Gives me goosebumps to think about now, even days later. And the symbolism of the daisies and the "he loves me, he loves me not" were perfect! Read this book. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!