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Publisher's Note:

Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, she was sent away as a child and, knowing her disability means a marriage is unlikely, she devoted herself to scholarship and education. Now working as a teacher in an elite private girls' school, she is content with the way her story has unfolded. When her uncle Elliott Mayfield presents her wit…

Overall Book Review:

Return to Regency England in Love and Lavender, a Mayfield Family Romance. This character-driven Proper Romance from Shadow Mountain Publishing is penned by the award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack. Kilpack delivers an incredibly tender romance between two unlikely love interests. The story’s heroine, Hazel, is exceptionally brilliant, but resigned to the fact that her physical disability will prevent her from marrying. Hazel is a stunningly multi-dimensional character with her conflicting feelings, pragmatism, and tough outer shell caused by her situation. Leading man Duncan — who in today’s terms would be considered autistic — is an incredibly unique and heartfelt character. Kilpack highlights so many of the good qualities those with autism bring to the world. The secondary characters that make up Duncan’s sphere are solid and several give such good life advice! Kilpack’s phrases throughout the novel are beautiful and quote-worthy. Highlights of the book include Hazel and Duncan’s letters, the emphasis on women’s education, and Elizabeth the cat. This is, without a doubt, the best Josi S. Kilpack novel to date! Love and Lavender will bring a smile to your face and a tear in your eye.

Review of Advance Review Copy sent by the Publisher

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore: A character punches another; a child slaps and kicks his mother.

Sex/Nudity: Several incidents of kissing; a few sexual references including a woman who ‘took up with a man’; a few implied incidents of sexual activity when a couple ‘lives in scandal’; a few mature discussions regarding sex between an engaged and later married couple.

Mature Themes:

Death of family members, autism, clubfoot, abandonment, mention of gambling,


Characters drink wine with meals; secondhand report of people getting drunk; a man smells like pipe smoke.

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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.