A sweet beginning to a new series... Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack (Review)

I've been excited for this new series from this author and this line of books! Read my review below...

Promises and Primroses
(Mayfield Family #1/A Proper Romance)
By Josi S. Kilpack
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 336 Pages
September 4th 2018 by Shadow Mountain


Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his brothers and sisters by requiring his nieces and nephews to choose worthy companions. If they choose wisely, they will receive their generous share of the family’s inheritance.

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.

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My Review

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.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Proper Romance Books

  The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott (Historical Proper Romance #2) The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast Forever and Forever (Historical Proper Romance) A Lady's Favor My Fair Gentleman
Heir to Edenbrooke Lord Fenton's Folly A Heart Revealed 
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About the Author

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.

When Kensington Press picked up her first national women's fiction novel, As Wide as the Sky, Josi was in need of a pen name to differentiate between her other genres. For years, Josi has been called Jessica Pack by people who hear her name but don't know her. It made her new pen name easy to choose. As Wide as the Sky will be released in paperback sometime in 2018.

For more information about Josi or her books, please visit her blog, What is a Sundial In the Shade?

Do you like romance that have two storylines or do you like having only one romance to follow?

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