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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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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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Great Book

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

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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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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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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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Romance & Puppies!

You really can’t go wrong with this one. Romance, widower and puppies! Seriously...melts your heart.

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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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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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Promises and Primroses

This is the first book I've read/listened to by Josi Kilpack and I've been so pleasantly surprised! I genuinely love the book, characters are well developed and grab your attention at the very beginning. Excellent writing! I am very familiar with Justine Eyre who gave a flawless narration.Her vocal talents necessary for narration are boundless! Don't miss this one! 😍

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Delightful

In this lighthearted tale of historical romance, family conflicts are presented without too much trauma drama. Well written characters with plausible motivations make this an engaging read.

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  • 04-16-21

An interesting idea

But I do wish writers did a little more research as the obvious errors about England and life in this period detracted from the flow of the story. A few examples: A governess was not an ordinary servant, they lived between the two hierarchies of servants and family. In a nobleman's house they would not clear dishes or do the children's laundry. She would wear a hat, often a bonnet, when outside and her hair would always be bound up as only young girls wore their hair down in public. I have lived in rural parts of England and never seen a natural field of primroses - wild English primroses live in woodland or under hedges. They also have a short life so could not be in bloom in both time periods they are mentioned.

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  • 06-04-21

Some oddities

It's irritating when authors don't do their research. Governesses do not wash their charges' clothing. Otherwise quite enjoyable. Justine Eyre narrates quite well but the affected drawl on words ending in 'er' is irritating 'Pet-ah'.

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  • 11-04-20

Nice Story

This was a nice story, Not a great deal of drama or anything so much to comment on. No sex scenes thankfully, Just a strait forward story with good Characters.

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