04 September 2018

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction.
Publication: 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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

In the back of the book are questions to reflect on. It is always interesting to read them and find things I hadn’t thought of while reading the book or finding a different take on it.

I appreciated that there were 2 couples in this book. One older and one younger. Time changes things for older couples.

Peter is a very honorable man. He will do anything to keep out of the scandal that the rest of his family (excluding his uncle Elliott) seems to thrive in! He has worked hard. He has a new hobby of raising and breeding dogs. He is still a little new at it. His wife died several years ago and while he still loves her memory, he hasn’t moved on. He doesn’t think he should nor does he have the time. He has 2 well behaved children who do child like things like jumping in the mud or running and sometimes arguing with each other. What kid doesn’t. Peter knows to let them be children for awhile and correct them respectfully and lovingly.

Julia applies for the governess position in Peter’s home. She wants to live her own life and make her own decisions but her mother, Amelia, seems to try to interfere to have her try and find a man to marry and have children with. We learn more about Amelia and follow her story too. Julia is 28 years old and is resigned to a life without children of her own. She is happy serving others. Julia is kind, sincere and polite. She misses her father who raised dogs and showed her all there is to know about them.

When Julia goes to the interview in the beginning of the book. I was reminded of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There were 3 applicants that day. The first one was a bigger woman, the second one was a small woman with a seriousness to her and then there was Julia who was just right for the job! Hehe! But at first, Peter did not pick her. She rattled something in him. He found her attractive and he didn’t like the feeling one bit. So she is in the hallway and witnesses Peter tell the (what do you call a person who finds people for a job) man that he will hire the second woman. Peter looks at her but doesn’t say one thing. Well that choice was absolutely horrible in more than one way! In the end, Peter has no choice but to hire Julia. And she turns out to be just perfect for his children and household. But of course, we all know this!!

All along, his two closest family members see the budding relationship in them. But Julia doesn’t see it yet. Yet she admires him. Julia is kept in the dark about a lot of things. Peter can’t handle his growing attraction to her. His parents were a scandal and he doesn’t want to be like them. But you can’t stop your heart from loving who you love. Julia’s mother wants her out of the home and Peter will turn her out as soon as he finds another governess. Then, per one of her family’s request, has a dinner party with Amelia and Uncle Elliott and his other family member who is now married who used to be the governess. Let Amelia see the household and that it is a good home and honorable. Amelia only sees red. She used to love Elliott long ago and he left her so she thinks that is the way with all the Mayfield men. Julia doesn’t know why her mother and her were invited to dinner.

Any way, I love how this story unfolds and how past things are corrected and how others communicate and how love blooms not for just one but for 2 couples. I love the meadow full of primroses in the book. I had to look them up so I could see what they really looked like. Yes I know they are on the front cover but I wanted to see what they looked like in real life!

I wonder who will be next in the family to get a book. In the beginning there is a geneology line written out. And Elliott has a campaign to find acceptable spouses for his nieces and nephews. Upon that marriage, they will receive an inheritance or gift. I loved the one bestowed upon Peter!

If you like flowers, dogs, honorable men, overcoming family scandals, riding on a horse for 50 miles, parents mistakes, second chances, finding love again, being your own person, communicating, than this might be for you!!

I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children

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