What book has
surprised you recently? I love the
Regency Romance genre and this book Love and Lavender surprised me by going in
a completely different direction than most Regency Romance novels.
Hazel Stillman was
born with a club foot and was sent off to school at an early age to never
return home. What could a girl with a club
foot with gentle birth, but no dowry expect?
She discovers she is brilliant at mathematics and becomes a mathematics
teacher at a girl’s school. Here her life would have remained if her Uncle had
not bestowed on her a grand dowry if she will marry a man of gentle birth. She begins a correspondence with Duncan Penhale. Her Uncle has also bestowed the inheritance
of a building on Duncan if he too finds someone of gentle birth to marry. Duncan is different than everyone else, today
he would probably be diagnosed as autistic.
He sees the world as very black and white. He has a great mind and loves to discuss a
great many things including mathematical problems. Duncan and Hazel enjoy their correspondence until
they decide that perhaps the best thing for their future would be a marriage of
convenience where they both would be able to come into their inheritance. Can they
stay together for one year? Will this
marriage work out and will both be able to live their dreams?
I can’t express
how much I loved this book. I read most
of it in one night and couldn’t put it down.
This book brought me to tears and it called to me. If you’ve every known or loved someone with
Autism, Duncan’s story is very compelling.
Autism has always existed, but people didn’t know what it was or how to
deal with it during this time period.
Duncan was lucky to have a father and a stepmother who loved him and
taught him how to deal with his emotions and sensory issues. They also provided the schooling that he
needed for his sharp mind. Hazel was his
perfect foil with her own sharp mind. As
a female engineer, it was wonderful to read a book where the female character not
only likes math but excels at it. Her
only limits are that there are no careers for women in math in the Regency
period. Even finding a teaching position
is hard. That’s why the inheritance
would be a godsend where Hazel could buy her own school and stability.
Marriage of convenience
is one of my favorite tropes in romance novels.
Will Hazel and Duncan be able to make their marriage work? I loved both the plot and fantastic
characters in this novel.
I also enjoyed
that although Hazel didn’t attend church or have faith of her own, Duncan had a
great faith. When Hazel attended church
with Duncan for Christmas, she realized that Duncan’s church community accepted
him for who he was and were a family to him.
Overall, Love and Lavender
was a touching Regency Romance novel with a unique plot and great
characters. I highly recommend it.
Book Source: Review Copy from Shadow Mountain Publishing for
being a part of the Austenprose PR Book Tour.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this
review are completely my own.
Love and Lavender: A Mayfield
Family Romance (Book 4)
Series: Proper Romance
Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publishing (November 2, 2021)
Length: (320) pages
· Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook
· Tour Dates: November 1-28, 2021
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
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?
“What a lovely romance. The historical
details, the depth of the authentic characters, and the realistic dialogue all
contribute to an immersive story. [A] beautiful and inspirational story about
loving people just as they are.”— Katie Jackson, Regency Proofreading
“Phenomenal. This book was phenomenal.
The very best in the series.”— Lyssa Armstrong, For Where Your Treasure
“This love story was unique and such an
uncommon take on a marriage of convenience! [S]weet and well worth the wait!”— Ashley
Johnson, Bringing Up Books
“Beautifully written, sensitive,
poignant addition to the Mayfield Family series.”— Susan K., The Flipped
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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
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