Promises and Primroses (Mayfield Family #1) by Josi S. Kilpack

Promises and Primroses (Mayfield Family #1)

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 ce...

Details Promises and Primroses (Mayfield Family #1)

TitlePromises and Primroses (Mayfield Family #1)
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherShadow Mountain
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency, Historical Romance, Christian Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Promises and Primroses (Mayfield Family #1)

  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    If you are looking for historical romance, then check out this book because it combines all of the things I enjoy - dogs, romance, independent women (despite the times), and secrets. I really love Julia. She is independent, knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to do what she wants after all it is her life! Her mother is her biggest stumbling block and many times I wanted to tell Amelia that she needed to get over the past and stop harboring a g...
  • Katie W
    The Regency books this author has been writing lately are so unique and fun! The very beginning of the book has a family tree and I loved studying that to try and get a feel for who the characters were before I began reading it, but I was kind of surprised that not many of those said people even made an appearance in the story. I'm definitely going to be watching for more in this series because I'm really curious now.This particular installment f...
  • Julie Carpenter
    What's better than reading one of Josi Kilpack's books and having a sweet love story? Why, it's reading one of Josi Kilpack's books and getting TWO sweet love stories to enjoy, of course!I have to say that I am really looking forward to this new Mayfield Family Series. What a fun idea! And I must say that I'm pretty curious to see how many books will be written for it. After all, when you look at the family tree included in the beginning of this ...
  • Jacob Proffitt
    I liked this a ton despite being really frustrated with two characters. The setup is a bit unique for a Regency romance in that it tackles class boundaries head-on as Julia's gentry mother, Amelia, married a banker and her children are solidly middle-class, though decidedly on the upper edge of that distinction. Further, Julia has been a governess for five years when the story starts, cementing her in that class. What makes this remarkable is tha...
  • Mara
    I love (adore, am crazy about, put on a pedestal) Josi Kilpack, and don't think I've read anything by her that I haven't liked. That being said, there's a character in the book named Mara, and I'm not sure if I should be happy about it. She's Peter's mother, a seventeen-year-old chambermaid, who married Peter's father only weeks before Peter's birth. They had two more children, and following her husband's death she became a recluse for a decade r...
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    Josi Kilpack is an author I have complete confidence in. I know that no matter what she writes, I am going to enjoy it. She has ventured into some varying genres over the years and I am always so impressed with her ability to write such great stories.This is the beginning of a new series and it gives us a great introduction to a family, led by an uncle that is trying to change their bad reputations. You just have to know that this set up will bri...
  • Mindy
    Promises and Primroses is another wonderful book by Josi Kilpack, and I am looking forward to more books about the Mayfield family. I loved everything about this book. The characters were wonderful. I enjoyed the alternating point of views immensely. It brought a wonderful depth to the story and added an intriguing take on situations, whether they were past misunderstandings, or current aspirations. I especially loved Julia. Her kindness was what...
  • Jane
    Promises and Primroses is the charming first book in a new series by Josi. S. Kilpack. I enjoyed the book and how the author writes. There are believable obstacles to Happily Ever After for the two couples involved. I liked that after Elliott broke Amelia’s heart, she found a good man to love and share her life with. Peter and Julia’s relationship is proper for the times – no falling into bed before they’ve done much more than say hello (...
  • Rachelle
    Every book I read by Josi Kilpack gets better. She is a fabulous writer and I love the first in this new series about the Mayfield Family. I can't wait to read more! In this first novel, we meet Lord Elliot Mayfield, uncle to several nieces and nephews with an idea for a marriage campaign. His nephew, Peter, wants none of it and is content to be a young widower with two children until he meets his new governess, Julia. I absolutely loved Julia's ...
  • Jeanette
    It's well written and smooth as silk. It's 3.5 stars but I can't round it up because the eventual outcomes were all clearly obvious from the first third of the book onward. The characters were well defined and I especially like Uncle Elliot's "plan" for his 7 nieces and nephews. In that age, I could easily comprehend how that might "work" well to future family solidity and structure. Somehow I don't think pure romance genre is for me, even in its...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    This is a book I finished with a sigh and satisfied smile. Isn't that the best feeling? The premise of the book and series with Lord Elliot's marriage campaign is unique and intriguing, and I'm looking forward to the books that are sure to follow. This first book focused not only on the oldest nephew, Peter, but also explored the history of Lord Elliot's past relationship with Peter's governess's mother. The four-person point of view wasn't overw...
  • Tiffany Olsen
    I really enjoyed reading Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack. The story revolves around four main characters and two different romantic relationships in this story: one old and one new. First we have Elliott Mayfield, the fifth Viscount Howardsford. He has a master plan to encourage (strongly) wayward nieces and nephews to clean up their lives. (I predict a series!) The first “victim” isn’t really a victim at all. Peter Mayfield, Elli...
  • 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...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    ***4.5 stars***This book is about love lost, second chances, and new love. Elliott Mayfield is fed up with his family and their scandalous behavior. He has a plan to get everyone back on the right path by offering the an incentive. This plan he calls "the marriage campaign." He will help everyone one at a time if they can make a respectable match.His first "victim"is his heir, Peter. Peter is a widower and not inclined to participate. Regardless ...
  • Marissa
    I am so glad Shadow Mountain allowed me to read this book for an honest review- it might be my favorite arc of 2018 so far... I’ll admit I am a tough critic when it comes to romance books... I want to feel the love story but not slip into any form of insta-love or over the top flirtations...This book was very well paced as far as the love story build up. I appreciated the four different perspectives in order to get a full perspective of the his...
  • Mae
    Peter Mayfield is dedicated to his children and helping his family but mostly keeping to himself. He tends to be closed off and withdrawn, he does little interaction with his household staff but does have a loving relationship with his two daughters. Elliot Mayfield has given up on love in order to restore his family's name to its once glory. He has now moved on to making sure his nieces and nephews are taken care of, but he has not forgotten the...
  • Sydney
    Josi S. Kilpack has written an enjoyable and engaging historical regency romance story in her novel Promises and Primroses. Written from the perspective of four different characters, this novel has a strong theme of budding, reuniting, and improving relationships. Kilpack knows her history for the Regency time period and does an excellent job of including this in her stories, as well as bringing to life her fabulous characters. The first in the M...
  • Lesr Kew
    This was such a sweet double story. I enjoyed every chapter.
  • Ariell
    I loved the characters in this book. I love that there is always some unique or interesting theme or issue in Josi Kilpack's books. I like dogs, but the research she did to include the scenes with the whelping and such, really made it real. I appreciate a well researched book, yet it did not take over and distract from the sweet story line and main characters. Can't wait for the next one.
  • NaDell
    I read a preview copy of this book (perk of working at a bookstore!) and LOVED it!It was a little bit hard to get into at first because the chapters are divided by four main characters, but totally work as the book continues. The pedigree chart at the beginning is useful, but a little intimidating as you start the book too.I LOVED the story and the characters and how the story developed. Although it was fairly predictable, it was well written and...
  • Cheryl
    A charming and uplifting story that focuses on several relationships that are all interrelated. As Julia seeks independence from her controlling mother, she finds so much more than she expected. I really like how this story is as much about the relationship between this mother and daughter as is about finding love between a man and a woman. It is full of strong characters that I came to know I love. I look forward to learning more about this fami...
  • Amy
    WOW! Josi knocks it out of the park! If this book is anything to go on, this next series from her will be her best yet. Starting off on a marriage campaign for his nieces & nephews, Lord Elliot Mayfield decides it's time he make some proposals to push them into the next steps in life, one that some of them have shown little promise of doing. Each tailored to their specific personalities and needs, we don’t know what he has come up with. He begi...
  • Melanie
    I received an ARC of this book, and it was divine! It's the first book I've read by Josi, and she's definitely on my list of romance authors now! I felt the story was woven together great, and loved all the different perspectives. I also loved how she added in the Primroses. I highly recommend! :)
  • Leah
    Exactly what I was looking for. Loved the multiple points of view. I can't wait for the next one.
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  • Becca
    Oh, how I love a Proper Romance Series book!!! Josi Kilpack knocks it out of the park with this sweet story. I haven't read a historical romance novel for a while, so this book was a breath of fresh air for me. Not that I haven't enjoyed reading others, this is just my favorite kind of book. All the fluff, and romance is just always such a great restart for me.This book did not disappoint. I have decided though that while reading these historical...
  • Connie Fischer
    1822Elliott Mayfield, fifth Viscount Howardsford is meeting with his nephew and heir, Peter Mayfield. As many family members have made bad choices and bad marriages in the past, Elliott wants to see the family members turn toward better things. There are 7 nieces and nephews that he wants to see marry well and have happy lives. To that end, he wants to offer them an enticement to help them obtain a happy marriage with someone who will be a good m...
  • Teenage Reads
    Plot:When Elliot was younger, he was all but engaged to Amelia. He loved her carefree nature, her beautiful eyes and light laughter. When his uncle died, placing Elliot at the head of the family, he had to leave Amelia for India, breaking her heart. Thirty years later Elliot has overcome many obstacles to un-blacklist the Mayfield name. As his final job he has set up a marriage campaign for his nieces and nephews to encourage them to marry, and m...
  • Becky
    First sentence: Elliott Mayfield, the fifth Viscount Howardsford, looked across the desk at Peter, his eldest nephew and heir. Destiny and opportunity are not that different, he reminded himself in an effort to bolster his courage.Premise/plot: Elliott Mayfield has decided that his nieces and nephews need a little extra help in making good matches and settling down. Emphasis on good. Their parents--his brother and sisters--made bad matches, regre...
  • Heidi
    Josi Kilpack has a gift for writing books with a lot of heart. In this story of 'promises and primroses', the two main characters have no intention of falling in love when they meet. Peter Mayfield just needs a governess for his two daughters. And Julia desperately wants a chance to make her own decisions about her future. When they meet at a job interview, Peter is surprised by the attraction he feels to Julia. As a result he doesn't hire her. B...