Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Promises and Primroses for an honest review.
If you like romantic classics, as I do, Promises and Primroses is sure to be a new favorite! This book has all the slow simmering build and swoon, with great character development. I loved the rotating POVS from Julia, Peter, Elliott and Amelia.
A heartbroken, meddling mother (Amelia) and a well intentional uncle (Elliott), who once loved one another and due to unfortunate circumstances and misunderstandings have remained estranged. Both Amelia and Elliott are now thrown into each others lives after all these years due to the next generation, Amelia’s daughter Julia has taken a job for Peter which is Elliott’s nephew. This is the last thing Amelia wants.
Julia wants the job as a governess for Peter Mayfield. She sees that she could be the perfect fit for his daughters and his household but he keeps putting up walls. Peter is scared to let anything ruin his reputation since his family has already had scandal and he has worked so hard to build himself as an honorable man. He sees that Julia could be a temptation and worries about her working for him.
Will Amelia get her way and stop Julia from working for the Mayfield family? Can Peter learn to stop letting the past keep him from a potential future? You have to read this beautiful book to find out!
Promises and Primroses is a sweet, romantic book. I would definitely recommend and I am giving it 5 out 5 stars.
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.