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Promises and Primroses

The Proper Romance Mayfield Family Regency Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Romance, Clean & Wholesome
4.5 out of 5 stars (371 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Lord Elliott Mayfield has done his best to take care of his family, first his siblings and now his nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, he sees this new generation moving in the same direction of bad matches and scandalous relationships as the last. In hopes to change their course, he establishes a "marriage campaign" to motivate them to improve themselves through making respectable matches. With his heart in the right place, what could possibly go wrong?

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. 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 30 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.

©2018 Josi S. Kilpack (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Book

Positive and uplifting. The characters were well developed making it easy to be drawn in. I loved it!

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Jane Austen is back!

Wonderful story in the vein of Jane Austen. No sex scenes, so if you're looking for that, go elsewhere. This is just lovely, romantic, and beautifully unfolded. Justine Eyre once again is fabulous with all the voices. Her voice is beautiful to listen to!

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loved this book

This was a well-written and well-read book. I plan on listening to the next one in the series.

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This is a well-written, relaxing historical romance

Entertaining,though it may be, this novel is very predictable. It is a story about a family scandal, a guardian determined to re-establish family honor, a man in need of a governess and a woman in need of independence.
The characters are believable and the accompanying scenes are portrayed well. The Title and Book Cover are we’ll chosen. I did have some problem “connecting “ to it at first but it improved as it progressed.
Narrator, Justine Eyre, did a good job in her delivery of the characters and situations.

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Horribly clipped narrator!

I almost couldn't listen to this book because of the way this narrator spoke! Ugh!
Petahhh... Juliaaahhh...
Eventually it became less obnoxious and I was invested in the story... but seriously Justine Eyre needs to have a stiff drink before recording next time to loosen up a bit!

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I wanted to like it

I am usually a huge fan of proper romance stories, and I am sure that this one will speak to many. However, for myself, it was lacking chemistry. I don’t care for overtly sexual things in my books but this book was a little to proper for my taste and I felt the story dragged a bit with nothing but very slow build till about the last three hours.

It is not that it was bad, the narrator is very good, it was just not what I was hoping for.

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Engaging and entertaining, I promise.

First things first...I loved the performance by Justine Eyre! Her accent was immensely enjoyable. She switched between characters seamlessly.
The storyline was creative and beautifully executed.
The romance built gradually and ensured that each touch or glance was special and meaningful. I loved the swoony ending. On a steaminess level I would rate this a pleasant PG.
This book is definitely worthy of a repeat read!

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Not great.

I struggled to finish this book. The characters are not all that likeable and the story got really dull.

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Two Promises, Plots, and Puppies

I’m a fan! The promise of a great romance fulfilled—and the bonus is puppies. With Peter and Julia, Josi Kilpack shares two romances with excellent writing that made me want the book to go on and on. This proved to me that Kilpack belongs on my wish list.

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Delightful

Wonderfully sweet story and read very well. I plan to continue the series today. Happy listening!