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Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack.

Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack.

Publisher : Shadow Mountain (November 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 1629729299
ISBN-13 : 978-1629729299

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SUMMARY

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 with the prospect of a substantial inheritance if she marries, Hazel is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? Besides, she loves her freedom as a professional, respected woman. When she hears rumors of the school possibly being sold, however, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale has a brilliant mind and thrives on order and process. He does not expect to marry because he likes his solitary life, shared only with his beloved cat. When Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, presents him with an inheritance if he marries a woman of social standing, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, with the inheritance, he could purchase the building in which he works and run his own firm. It would take an impressive and intellectual woman to understand and love him, quirks and all.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, receive their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But when Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must live together as husband and wife for one year before receiving their inheritances, Hazel and Duncan reluctantly agree. Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?

REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack, is the fourth installment in the Mayfield Family Series by Josi Kilpack. This was a moving sweet and tender marriage of convenience.

Kilpack, has outdone herself self with this lovely proper romance.

Set in the early 1800s, and told in dual narration of Hazel Stillman and Duncan Penhale. The sometimes infuriating meddling of their Uncle Elliot offers the perfect opportunity for unlikely couple to have a chance at a loving partnership. Both POV’s struggle with society’s judgment, along with the medical field inability to understanding Hazel clubbed foot, and Duncan’s neurodiversity.

I loved everything about this dynamic book. The characters are three dimensional and their struggles were well depicted. The author has done an outstanding job in complex independent characters, that you can root for. Fun and lively dialogue and the sweetest budding romance will keep you entertained from start to finish. Hazel and Duncan voices are both strong, and I throughly enjoyed reading about them.

AUTHOR

AUTHOR BIO

Josi S. Kilpack has written more than thirty novels, a cookbook, and several novellas. She is a four-time Whitney award winner, including Best Novel 2015 for “Lord Fenton’s Folly, and has been a Utah Best of State winner for Fiction. Josi loves to bake, sleep, eat, read, travel, and watch TV–none of which she gets to do as much as she would like. She writes contemporary fiction under the pen name Jessica Pack.

Josi has four children and lives in Northern Utah.

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