Review: Promises and Primroses


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Promises and Primroses by Josi Kilpack

Publisher:  Shadow Mountain

Page count:  336 pages

Release date:  September 4, 2018



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.



This regency romance was a quick, fun read with a sweet love story–actually two love stories!

Despite being primarily a love story, there were actually a lot of other aspects that drew me in as well.  Particularly the mother daughter relationship and the pondering of how past experiences effected the course of their future.

I have read almost all of Josi Kilpack’s books and I think she is great at writing characters that have glaring flaws, but that you can’t be too angry at and really want a happy ending for.  Just as I would start to feel annoyed with a character they would progress in some way.

This is the first book in a new series that follows the Mayfield family.  I love family sagas where you get to see story lines play out across different members of the same family so it will be fun to see what future installments the author has in store!


Content: Very tame.  This is part of Shadow Mountain’s “proper romance” line which is designed to be sweet rather than steamy romances.  Check out all the books in the line.



Other historical romances by Josi Kilpack:



My personal favorite of these is A Heart Revealed.


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