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Publisher's Note:

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…

Daisies and Devotion

by Josi S. Kilpack

Overall Book Review:

Daisies and Devotion is darling, delightful, and downright divine! Esteemed romance author Josi S. Kilpack is known for creating likeable and realistic characters, and the cast in this novel are her best yet. Timothy’s energetic and fun personality is evident from the first few pages while Maryann is steady, respectable, and engaging. The clever verbal sparring between the two, as well as their tangible chemistry make the story impossible to put down. Kilpack provides vivid details and beautiful imagery with her skillful writing. As the second novel in the Mayfield Family Series, this Proper Romance ties in characters and elements from the first book, Promises and Primroses. Readers don’t necessarily need to read the stories in order, but both are fantastic and enjoyable works. With romance, secrets, mystery, and a little heartache, Daisies and Devotion is a winning combination. Readers will be eager to get their hands on this book to see what happens next for the Mayfield Family!

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:



Sex/Nudity:  Several incidents of kissing on the hand, cheek or lips; a few sexual references; several implied or reported incidents of sexual activity involving an illegitimate daughter, an affair and secret marriage. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family member, miscarriage, dishonesty, illegitimacy. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A few scenes take place in a pub; characters frequently drink wine, brandy and ale; a character smokes in one scene; a character exits a snuff shop; characters drink at a dinner party. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.