Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Unwrapping a Release Day Spotlight for JUST LOVE by Prescott Lane

JUST LOVE
by
Prescott Lane

Available Now at

Rhett
There’s two sides to every love story. The how you fell in love, and the how you fell apart.
This is ours.
The cardinal rule of friendship is you don’t mess with your friend’s sister.
That goes double when she’s his little sister.
It was just supposed to be fun.
She wasn’t supposed to end up being the love of my life.
And I definitely wasn’t supposed to break her heart.
Ainsley is a wedding dress designer. That should’ve been a warning that she’s a hopeless romantic. That should’ve clued me in that she believes love conquers all.
But there are some things that love can’t fix. I’m one of them.
She thinks love is the answer.
But love is the reason I let her go.

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About the Author:

Prescott Lane is the author of First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, and Wrapped in Lace. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.


 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of AN AMERICAN DUCHESS by Caroline Fyffe

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of AN AMERICAN DUCHESS by Caroline Fyffe, published June 25, 2019.

Blurb for AN AMERICAN DUCHESS:

A woman's heart dares to defy the rules of Victorian society in USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fyffe's novel of romance, royalty, and a little revenge.

In Kent, England, the arrival of Beranger Northcott, Duke of Brightshire, causes a stir. Because with the duke comes his new American bride, who isn't quite what anyone expects. By accepting the hand of her beloved, Emma Brinkman went from hardworking Colorado rancher to duchess. Now she's expected to comport herself as nobility. Overnight. For Emma—stifled, homesick, and unable to shake the feeling she's being watched—the metamorphosis is a challenge. And if Emma's suspicions are correct, perhaps even a dangerous one.

Fortunately, Emma has found a trusted friend in the orphaned Charlotte, Brightshire's scullery maid. Charlotte longs to experience—if only for a moment—the luxuries and gentry romance that come with a titled life. When one of the duke's handsome cousins takes notice of Charlotte, the castle kitchen is set abuzz with speculation.

In navigating their two different stations, both servant and duchess alike will discover all they have in common—from secret fantasies to daring hearts to upending the rules of society. And that finding their places in the world—and love—is a dream that can come true—no matter the risks.

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Connie’s Review:

Brideswell Abbey, Hertfordshire - 1922

Zoe Gifford is an American heiress needing to marry an impoverished aristocrat. Once married, she can then access her funds to pay back her mother’s debts. Zoe is to marry Sebastian Hazelton, whose brother is Nigel Hazelton, the seventh Duke of Langford.

En route to Sebastian’s home, Zoe’s car gets stuck in the mud and she is rescued by Nigel. It is reported that his face is scarred from the war. Seeing a few scars on the side of his face, Zoe doesn’t find him horrifying. Then, he sends his car for her and her mother.

After marrying Sebastian, Zoe will then divorce him, but the duke is against the idea. This marriage of convenience will give funds to Sebastian and allow Zoe to access her inheritance. Even though the duke is appalled at the idea, Zoe doesn’t care.

Julia, sister of Sebastian and Nigel is impressed with Zoe, but Nigel disagrees. He doesn’t consider American women to be ladylike, but he can’t help but be attracted to Zoe.

When Zoe learns of a dark secret that Sebastian is hiding, she calls off their engagement and soon becomes engaged to Nigel. Their attraction is strong and Zoe wants to be with him all the time, but he is plagued with nightmares from his time in the war and doesn’t want her to see that. Angry at this, Zoe is determined to do things her own way in life. Can their marriage withstand this?

This is a good story, but I wanted to smack Zoe because she is the epitome of the spoiled American lady of the time period who is determined to do what she wants. This didn’t play well with Nigel as well it shouldn’t. All in all, it is a good story and I think readers will enjoy it.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

AN AMERICAN DUCHESS by Caroline Fyffe, Montlake Romance, available now in ebook, print, and audio at Amazon and free at Kindle Unlimited.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of SOME LIKE IT SCANDALOUS, a Gilded Age Girls Club novel by Maya Rodale

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of SOME LIKE IT SCANDALOUS, a Gilded Age Girls Club novel by Maya Rodale, published June 18, 2019.


Blurb for SOME LIKE IT SCANDALOUS:

They are sworn enemies…

Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan’s Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent, unspeakably outrageous scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone sensible. Someone like Daisy Swan. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her.

Pretending to be lovers...

Daisy Swan has plans and they do not involve a loveless marriage with anyone. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, suddenly a fake engagement with Theo is just the thing to make all her dreams come true.

And now it’s time to kiss and make up…

Daisy Swan aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created, but this brainy scientist needs a smooth talking charmer’s flair for words and eye for beauty to make it a success. Before long, Daisy and Theo are trading kisses. And secrets. And discovering that despite appearances, they might be the perfect couple after all.

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Connie’s Review:

New York City - 1883

Miss Daisy Swan, age 13, is not a pretty young girl and the other children of Manhattan’s finest families tease her constantly. It doesn’t bother her because she’s busy reading books on chemistry which fascinates her. After being teased and humiliated by Theodore Prescott, the third, Daisy swears that she will hate him forever and will remain a spinster.

New York City - 1895

Now Daisy is 25 and still not considered to be pretty. Her sisters, Rose, Camilla, and Lily are all lovely young women and married. Daisy is soon to graduate from Barnard College and then, with her knowledge of chemistry, hopes to create and sell beauty products for women. However, her mother wants her to marry. When Daisy reminds her mother that she had been promised to be able to remain a spinster and have her own business, her mother confesses that her father has made some bad business decisions recently and now they need money. She tells her that she must get married and she will marry Theo. What? Not Theo!!

Theodore Prescott, the second, is a hardworking man who has earned millions of dollars. His son, Theodore (Theo) Prescott, the third, on the other hand, spends his time entertaining himself. Theo has no interest in the making of steel. Rather, he just enjoys women. However, the recent scandal in which he was involved has convinced his father that he is to get married and he will marry Daisy or he will be cut off. What? Not Daisy!!

Daisy and Theo meet up to discuss their predicament. As they chat, Theo learns that Daisy has created a face cream that has left her own complexion lovely and dewy. With his help, they name the face cream and open a store to sell it. This togetherness sparks a friendship of sorts that leads to an attraction. Will it be enough for them to actually go through with the wedding that Daisy’s mother is planning?

This is a lovely enemies to lovers novel with some strong characters and lots of humor. I was impressed with Daisy and Theo’s ingenuity in setting up and selling her face cream. I enjoyed the story and I think other readers will as well.

Copy provided by NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

SOME LIKE IN SCANDALOUS, a Gilded Age Girls Club novel by Maya Rodale, Avon Romance, available now ebook, print, and audio at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Unwrapping A Tribute To D-Day - 75 Years Ago - Romance Hasn't A Sole Claim On Heroes


My father in 1942
On this day, seventy-five years ago – June 6, 1944 – in the early morning hours of darkness, my father as a young 2nd Lieutenant in the Army, and a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment jumped out of an airplane over Normandy and survived being shot at by German gunners with spotlights to help liberate the town of Sainte-Mère-Église. Over 13,000 Americans and 7,000 British paratroopers fell from the skies in the darkness many hours ahead of the beach invasions of which D-Day is most famous. Not all of those 20,000 survived, not all were able to continue fighting because of injury and for the majority, it was their first experience with battle…including my father. These were young men doing things they never dreamed of doing but now had no choice if they wished to survive. Most were very young but they had trained well and when it was needed most, the hero inside each was there.

My father survived that fateful night and although injured, he continued on leading his company of men. He gained battlefield promotions and continued against the Germans through several more campaigns including the bloodiest at the Battle of the Bulge. Most of the journey through Europe was on foot as well.
The Battle of the Bulge was fought in snow feet deep. It's said the snow turned red with the blood of the fallen.
My father continued after the war with a career in the military, serving in the Korean Conflict and eventually, his final assignment was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. I have always been proud to be his daughter and proud of his lifetime service to this country. Without men like him, who knows what our world would be had the enemy succeeded in their world domination. My father was and always will be my greatest hero.

Shannon L. Alder said, “Heroes are not made. They are born out of circumstances and rise to the occasion when their spirit can no longer coexist with the hypocrisy of injustice to others.”

This is true. The generation of men who served in one of the greatest wars to visit this planet were heroes of a sort we may never see again. They were not perfect. There were those who shunned their duty to their fellow man and there were those who took the wrong path and became an enemy to doing the right thing. But the majority of men and many a woman as well showed their honor, their bravery, and the hero which lives within every human being but only a select few are ever able to bring it forth.

The numbers of World War II veterans is quickly diminishing. My father left us on Veteran’s Day in 2016 but he never allowed June 6th to pass without remembering the day and the sacrifices of the invasion. He would tell us about the things that went wrong, the things that worked, and the pure dumb luck which most likely saved many. He would’ve been 99 years young this year had he still been with us and I’m sure he would’ve remembered the day as always and possibly with a bit of amazement. Seventy-five years since the beginning of the end of the war which threatened the freedom of the planet but good triumphed over evil. God Bless.

In memory of all those who fought on the shores, the seas, in the air, across the different theatres and of course, on the home front—thank you for your service, the service of your family for supporting you, and for allowing us the privilege of knowing you and continuing to live in the freedom for which you fought to keep.

God Bless our military now and always. And Airborne All the Way! 

 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of THE TRUTH ABOUT MISS ASHBOURNE by Joanna Barker


Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of THE TRUTH ABOUT MISS ASHBOURNE by Joanna Barker, published November 1, 2018.




Blurb for THE TRUTH ABOUT MISS ASHBOURNE:

Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that "someday" may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield--with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life.

But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant--and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

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Connie’s Review:

Miss Juliana Ashbourne, age 19, is governess to Charlotte and Daniel Seymour in London. Mrs. Seymour is berating Juliana for taking the children to the park for a fun, but educational, day. Irritated at the woman’s scolding, Juliana wishes she had enough money saved to open her own school which is her dream.

Juliana receives a letter from a solicitor requesting her to visit him regarding a sensitive matter. She learns that her maternal grandfather, Sir Charles Rowley, has recently passed away and she was left 10,000 pounds. With no male issue, the estate itself passed to a cousin, William Rowley. He is a wealthy man in his own right as he also owns a shipping business. However, Juliana’s inheritance comes with a condition: she must spend one month at the family estate of Havenfield. Her grandmother and aunt live there. When Juliana’s mother, Katherine, married her father did not like her choice of husband so he disowned her. But her parents had a wonderful married life and were content and now they have passed away. The solicitor gives Juliana a letter from her grandmother begging her to go to Havenfield and she agrees.

The place is lovely and her grandmother is so happy to see her. William Rowley is welcoming as well. He is attracted to Juliana and is amused by her tendency to say what she thinks. He enjoys teasing her because he recognizes her stubbornness and hurt from her mother’s family that had abandoned their own daughter. She wants to forgive and is trying to do so.

As she is introduced to the neighbors, she finds some people welcoming and others who look down on her because she was a governess. Juliana is proud and stands up for herself. The attraction between Juliana and William continues to grow and blossom. At the end of her month at Havenfield, will she decide to perhaps stay or leave and return to London?

This is a clever and clean rags to riches love story complete with the perfect hero. Totally swoon-worthy romance. I really liked the hero but got a bit frustrated at times with the heroine’s stubborn ways. But in the end, this is a good one.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

THE TRUTH ABOUT MISS ASHBOURNE by Joanna Barker, Covenant Communications, available now ebook, print, and audio at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Monday, June 3, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of BEAUTY AND THE BARON, a Forever After Retellings novel by Joanna Barker

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of BEAUTY AND THE BARON, a Forever After Retellings novel by Joanna Barker, published January 15, 2019.

Blurb for BEAUTY AND THE BARON:

A penniless maid determined to save her father, a broken baron bent on isolation, and the undeniable draw between them that will lead to happiness—or disaster.

Rose Sinclair has run out of options. With her father in prison and their bookshop sold to pay his debts, she has no choice but to turn to Henry Covington, the Baron Norcliffe. But the baron has more than earned his harsh reputation, and Rose must face his wrath in order to save her father—and herself.

Since the deaths of his parents, Henry Covington has isolated himself from society, ensuring the solitude of his estate with his deliberate callousness. However, when the beautiful Miss Sinclair appears on his doorstep, begging for a chance to repay her father’s debt to him, a moment of weakness finds him offering her a position—as a maid in his own house.

They both soon learn that first impressions are not to be believed. Henry is surprised—and intrigued—by Rose’s optimistic charm, while Rose slowly uncovers Henry’s true self, his compassion concealed behind the pain of loss and betrayal. But when a shadow from Henry’s past returns, their newfound hope is tested. They must decide for themselves who to trust—and what they will risk for their happily ever after.

Beauty and the Baron is a Regency retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is a sweet/clean romance novella, and is Book 1 in a series of Regency retellings. The stories can be read in any order.

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Connie’s Review:

Rose Sinclair loves to take long walks and today, she finds herself outside Norcliffe House. Taking a deep breath, she goes to the door and asks to see Henry Covington, Baron Norcliffe. She offers her services to help with keeping the financial records of the estate now that his steward has left. She has gained her experience while working in her father’s business called Sinclair’s Bookshop. Henry is incensed at her request as he tells her that her father’s debts prove it is not possible to hire her. Henry is having problems balancing the books and Rose says she will help him simply to repay her father’s debt to him. Henry denies her that job but offers her a position as a maid which she accepts.

As the work filled days pass, Rose finds herself exhausted by the very long hours of toil. When Henry finds her asleep while cleaning the hearths late at night, he is surprised and sends her on to bed to rest.

John Ramsbury is a man that Henry had trusted at one time, but a lie that the man told resulted in the death of Henry’s parents. John has come to see Henry hoping to renew their friendship, but Henry sends him away.

Rose and Henry find themselves sharing conversations and he enjoys her friendly personality and her intelligence. But when something happens that makes her look bad, he wonders if she truly is the person he thinks she is or a complete fraud.

This is a sweet story like all of this author’s books. She has a talent for joining characters together and bringing out the best in them. I enjoyed this novella very much and look forward to reading more books by her.

Copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

BEAUTY AND THE BARON, a Forever After Retellings novel by Joanna Barker, Love Letter Press, available now ebook and print at Amazon. It is currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Unwrapping a Review of QUANTUM, a Red Rock Alien Mail Order Brides novel by Erin Kellison


Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. In an attempt to make up for my neglect, I have been offering up guest reviews for you enjoy by my dear friend, Connie Fischer. 
However, today I am actually sharing a review of mine of a book I read last year but never got around to reviewing – QUANTUM, a Red Rock Alien Mail Order Brides novel by Erin Kellison. She is one of my favorite authors and I hope to make her one of yours with a scifi romance that I absolutely inhaled.

***copy purchased for my own personal reading but I'm sharing my honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for QUANTUM:

Space Invader steals time for love

Ex-soldier turned space pirate Tey Raider is visiting Earth to steal a fortune and use one of the Red Rock vortexes to escape into the deep black. When he bumps into Sophia West, he has no idea the human woman will throw a wrench into the hyperdrive of his master plan, and spin him, his storm cruiser, and his heart out of control.

Sophia doesn’t believe in aliens until a Sedona-based dating agency mixer puts her in direct contact with out-of-this-world clientele. She’s undercover trying to locate her brother—abducted and tortured by the big-brained bully, Nimbus. She strikes a hard bargain with Tey Raider to help her find and free her brother. Never mind that the haunted ex-soldier makes her want to reach out and make an alien connection.

The mission leads to a close encounter, and when the red dust settles, neither will be the same.

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My Review:

In most scifi adventures featuring the idea of an intergalactic dating service, the women travel to other planets or realms to seek out husbands where there is a shortage of women…not in this one. This one takes place right here at home on Earth. Surprise!

Tey Raider is a space pirate who has visited Earth in order to steal something very valuable and once he has it, he needs to use one of the Red Rock vortexes to escape again. In the process, he bumps into a woman who simply and undeniably does not believe in aliens of any sort…not even one who is all male, incredibly sexy, and set on protecting her no matter what even though she realizes quickly he’s a little off with his somewhat red skin.

Sophia West is searching for her brother. Unaware of the absolute and out of this world danger she is in, she finds herself inside a club hosting a party which is filled with aliens, and I don’t mean the type who came over the border illegally but the kind you might meet in your nightmares, and they are seeking mates. Once inside the club leaving is not particularly an option and she quickly discovers she must depend on Tey to escape unless she wants to end up totally under the control of a truly nasty bad guy. When she discovers an odd item, she hides it away which puts her into an even deeper puddle of trouble. Not willing to leave until she discovers her brother’s whereabouts, she and Tey are on the go and trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

I loved this story. The power was out. We had a Nor’Easter raging around us and I had to stay awake in order to continuously check on my elderly mother to make sure she was staying warm and to keep a check on the gas logs burning on the lower level to provide us heat. It was cold! However, it turned out trying to stay awake while reading QUANTUM was no problem at all. This was a great story filled with unusual and exciting adventure, albeit sometimes a bit gruesome, and a great cast of secondary characters. Tey is sexy as can be and an Alpha male with a surprisingly big heart. Sophia is a typical earthling woman who although she is stubborn and determined isn’t very kickass but then she doesn’t really need to be with back-up like Tey…although, she held her own.

If you love outrageous characters, an adventurous romance, and something a little out of this world unusual then definitely read QUANTUM, the first book in the Red Rock Alien Mail Order Brides series by Erin Kellison. I highly recommend it. In fact, I’ve got AXION and PARADOX waiting for me on my reader. I bought them as soon as the power came back on.

Happy Reading Everyone!!

QUANTUM, a Red Rock Alien Mail Order Brides novel by Erin Kellison.
(I am sorry. It seems this book is no longer for sale at vendors but perhaps you can contact Erin through Goodreads or her Facebook page to find out how you might get a copy.)

In the meantime, if you're looking for adventurous good reading, the first four books of my Seekers of the Past series is now available for FREE reading at Kindle Unlimited as well as a fun standalone, rom-com inspired contemporary romance, When It Doesn't Stay In Vegas. Happy Reading!

   

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of DAISIES AND DEVOTION, a Mayfield Family novel by Josi S. Kilpack

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of DAISIES AND DEVOTION, a Mayfield Family novel by Josi S. Kilpack, published April 16, 2019.


Blurb for DAISIES AND DEVOTION:

Timothy Mayfield is ready to marry for love, but, since his personal finances are thinner than he’d like, he knows he’ll also need to find a wife with wealth. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, Timothy’s circumstances change, and he is free to pursue his “perfect woman”—one with blonde hair, blue eyes, a light laugh, arched eyebrows, elegant fingers, and a dazzling smile, among nearly twenty other characteristics.

Maryann Morrington doesn’t match anything on Timothy’s list—except for wealth. An heiress in her own right, she is tired of men pursuing her only for her money. But at nearly twenty-two years old, and not a particularly stunning beauty, she can’t be as picky as her friend Timothy is.

The two friends end up playing matchmaker for each other. Timothy will find a decent gentleman for Maryann, and Maryann will prove to Timothy that his “perfect woman” doesn’t exist.

Until Miss Shaw comes to London.

Now, with Timothy’s heart captivated by the blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Maryann must decide if she should risk her heart and reveal her true feelings for her friend, or if she should settle for someone else. It’s an up-and-down game of “he loves me, he loves me not” with both hearts and friendship on the line.

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Connie’s Review:

London - 1822

Maryann Morrington, age 22, is in London to begin her delayed season. She has been at home for the last 5 years caring for her ailing mother who passed away some months ago. She loved her mother dearly and was happy to be the one to care for her. Maryann is an heiress with a large dowry.

Timothy Mayfield is a friend of Lucas, the husband of Deborah who is sister to Maryann. Lucas has suggested that Timothy call upon Maryann. In addition, word has spread that Maryann is a wealthy young woman which is what Timothy seeks.

When they meet, they seem to get along but Timothy tells her he is in need of a wealthy wife and lists the qualifications he is looking for which are totally counter to Maryann. She likes his honesty and tells him she will help him find a woman with the attributes that he desires.

In the meantime, Timothy is summoned by his Uncle Elliott who informs him that he will bestow a goodly sum of money and land upon him when Timothy marries a woman of whom Elliott approves. Timothy is delighted because his funds are very limited.

As Timothy and Maryann meet up at soirees, she introduces him to young ladies and a Miss Shaw turns out to be the one who ticks all of his boxes. Yet, the friendship between Timothy and Maryann becomes more than that and they both wonder at what to make of it.

This is a very good story with two delightfully, strong characters, both of whom have a great sense of humor. The descriptions of the events are sumptuous, and the plot is well-written. I have always enjoyed Josi Kilpack’s books and look forward to more from her.

Copy provided by NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

DAISIES AND DEVOTION, a Mayfield Family novel by Josi S. Kilpack, Shadow Mountain, available now ebook, print, and audio at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.