Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family Series #2)

Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family Series #2)

by Josi S. Kilpack


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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 beauty, Maryann must decide if she should risk her heart and reveal her true feelings for her friend, or if she should settle for someone else. It’s an up-and-down game of “he loves me, he loves me not” with both hearts and friendship on the line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629725529
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Series: Mayfield Family Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 267,610
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance and Proper Romance Historical series and a cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her book, A Heart Revealed, was a Publishers Weekly Best Romance Book of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children. 

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Daisies and Devotion 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Heidi_Reads 9 months ago
I didn't quite know what to think about Maryann and Timothy at first- she seemed without personality and he appeared to be a light headed dandy. It made me curious, and I absolutely loved getting to know them as aspects of their personalities unfolded and characteristics were revealed. Their friendship is unique in that they are completely upfront with each other- blunt almost to a fault. They appreciate the honesty in each other... until feelings get hurt. Unrequited love is one of my favorite tropes because it has such a strong element of longing. Maryann is a lovely friend and does want Timothy's happiness, even at the expense of her own. He had to experience for himself the value of her devotion in contrast to the empty fantasy, and the final scenes in the book are oh-so-sweet and a wonderful give and take in their complex relationship. Highly recommend!!! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
JBronder 6 months ago
Maryann Morrington is an heiress and tired of men chasing her for her money. But because she is twenty two her options are getting limited. She finds herself in London and being introduced to Timothy Mayfield. Timothy has limited funds so he is going to have to settle for a rich wife. But an unexpected inheritance gives him money and the option to find the perfect wife. Maryann and Timothy become friends as they hunt for suitable mates. But then Miss Shaw comes into the picture and Timothy thinks that she is the perfect wife. Maryann then realizes that she truly likes Timothy and is torn about confessing her true feelings and letting him marry his ideal wife. This is a great story of two unexpected people looking for husband and wife and not realizing what they have in each other. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with both Maryann and Timothy when I first met them. They felt like the typical characters from a historical romance until they started to “help” each other on their quest. Then I really started caring for them and wished that they would really look at what they have. This is a great story with a lot of back and forth between should I tell him I love him, oh I can’t I’m not the wife he is looking for, but I love him. This is nothing I really enjoy in a story but I kept with it, I wanted to see if they would eventually wake up to the truth. If you like historical romances I think you should check this one out. It is a great series that anyone will like. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
MichelleKenneth 7 months ago
[Content Warning: Book contains situations involving death, miscarriage.] If you love Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, you will enjoy the latest novel from Josi S. Kilpack. "Daisies and Devotion" is the second book in the Mayfield Family Series. It may be a little slow getting into, but once that dance happens, you will have a hard time putting the book down. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I really enjoy Josi S. Kilpack's books. They are G-rated. Believe me when I say that sometimes the best love stories are the ones without all the sex and heavy petting. When it comes to real love, you have to talk about matters of the heart, not the lust. Josi's focus is telling the stories that go on from the heart. We read about the fear that goes on inside of their minds and the self-doubt. There are the lies we tell ourselves that we are not good enough, pretty enough, or desirable. There are even the stories we tell ourselves that someone doesn't like us, we are not their type. Or that we may have misunderstood what was happening, so we break our own hearts and move forward in life...and when they try to tell us we were right, we refuse to believe them. Kilpack does an excellent job of delving into the issues of love and learning how to love. She examines it, dissects it, learns from it and issues out the truths, no matter how difficult it is to accept. Seriously, where were these books 20 years ago? I could have used them then!
TheCompulsiveReader7 8 months ago
(5 stars) - an Austen worthy heroine I love female protagonists who are strong & confident without being aggressive. Who are intelligent enough to value virtue over intelligence. Who know how to deal with others effectively. Anne Elliot in Jane Austen's "Persuasion" is an excellent example. Maryann is much like Anne. She's not a perfect heroine, yet still presents an ideal. She has an idea of her flaws & weaknesses in terms of how others may see her, yet she is confident enough in her capability and her own worth not to compromise or sell herself to a man for social pretense. Timothy, on the other hand, is like a big puppy, lol. He's cute, friendly, playful & means well, but is also impulsive & a little clueless. This serves his character well as he makes some really hurtful mistakes but he's so sweetly earnest that forgiveness comes easily. Watching the interplay between the two as their friendship develops is fun. They share a witty comraderie that is very entertaining. Maryann's eventual temptation to retreat in despair is quietly heartbreaking, but rescue comes so unexpectedly that she almost misses it in her disbelief. The ending is delightful. And left me wanting to go spend some time on the beach with my own sweetheart. Clean romance level: sweet kisses
SSTALEY 8 months ago
Oh, was I excited to start reading Daisies and Devotion the second book in the Mayfield Family Series! I'm one of those diehards that always recommend you read the first book in the series. It will make the whole second story richer and of course, makes more sense overall. Also, the cover is just gorgeous so it invites readers to delve into the pages quickly. In this series Elliott Mayfield, Timothy's Uncle, promises him money and land if he'll marry someone he approves of. Elliott is doing the same with his other nieces and nephews. Timothy agrees because he was already in London looking for a wife with money but now he doesn't need the money so he writes his list. This list is of his perfect woman. The woman who'd held his interest previously was the rich Maryann who now realizes she doesn't quite fit the qualities he's looking for in a wife. From the beginning, these two characters have a unique relationship. They are good friends that help each other search for perfect marriage prospects. Of course, readers can see what will eventually happen, but this will lead them spending a lot of time together and they do grow closer. Timothy is somewhat the clueless male that can't see what is right in front of him. Maryann puts up with a lot of nonsense from him but never speaks her mind and her true heart. There are many humorous conversations and situations that will make you laugh. There are also many things that happen that will make you frustrated. In the end, I loved this book! I enjoyed the wonderful character development and the growth of both Timothy and Maryann. I would not call this your typical Regency Romance because Maryann is not your regular swooning heroine. I liked that and she reminded me a lot of myself that doesn't put up with a lot of nonsense and tries to protect my heart. Josi Kilpack has once again written a captivating novel of romance, humor, and witty dialogue that kept me reading nonstop. Regency Romance lovers will also love this one too.
CindyFW 8 months ago
This is the second book in the series. It can be read as a stand alone but it'll make more sense if you read the other one first. At the beginning of the story, Timothy and Maryann have a frank relationship. She's a young lady with a fortune and he's looking to make an advantageous marriage, but he also wants someone he can grow to love. As Maryann is tired of men only wanting her for her money, she asks Timothy to be honest with her about his intentions. But then Uncle Elliott calls Timothy to tell him of his "marriage plan" and with his circumstances much improved, Timothy feels like he can pursue a different kind of woman to marry. This changes the dynamics of the relationship between Maryann and Timothy and they declare themselves friends. Maryann feels she no longer has a chance since she doesn't meet any of the attributes on Timothy's list. In the beginning, Maryann's feelings for Timothy were lukewarm at best, but as the story progresses, so do her feelings for him. Timothy, on the other hand, has much to learn as he realizes his perfect woman is more than a pretty package. Timothy was very clueless at times and even says some hurtful things to Maryann. She's very self-deprecating and gets to the point where she doesn't think she deserves romantic love. Despite their flaws, and maybe even because of them, I enjoyed seeing the main characters learn their lessons and discover where they truly belonged. I also enjoyed seeing the characters of the first story. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
KR3 8 months ago
Wow! I did not expect this book to be this good, to be honest. I’ve read Josi Kilpack before and enjoyed them, but this one has to be the best! I fell in love with Timothy and related to Maryann and loved their story. The story was well written and engaging, the dialogue fun, and the romance sweet and sigh-worthy. I didn’t realize that this was the second book in a series (it works great as a stand-alone), but I’m now excited about trying the first one! Definitely worth the read! Rated PG for some mild adults themes (tactfully handled) —no sexual content —no language —no violence I was given a free copy of the ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 8 months ago
London - 1822 Maryann Morrington, age 22, is in London to begin her delayed season. She has been at home for the last 5 years caring for her ailing mother who passed away some months ago. She loved her mother dearly and was happy to be the one to care for her. Maryann is an heiress with a large dowry. Timothy Mayfield is a friend of Lucas, the husband of Deborah who is sister to Maryann. Lucas has suggested that Timothy call upon Maryann. In addition, word has spread that Maryann is a wealthy young woman which is what Timothy seeks. When they meet, they seem to get along but Timothy tells her he is in need of a wealthy wife and lists the qualifications he is looking for which are totally counter to Maryann. She likes his honesty and tells him she will help him find a woman with the attributes that he desires. In the meantime, Timothy is summoned by his Uncle Elliott who informs him that he will bestow a goodly sum of money and land upon him when Timothy marries a woman of whom Elliott approves. Timothy is delighted because his funds are very limited. As Timothy and Maryann meet up at soirees, she introduces him to young ladies and a Miss Shaw turns out to be the one who ticks all of his boxes. Yet, the friendship between Timothy and Maryann becomes more than that and they both wonder at what to make of it. This is a very good story with two delightfully, strong characters, both of whom have a great sense of humor. The descriptions of the events are sumptuous, and the plot is well-written. I have always enjoyed Josi Kilpack’s books and look forward to more from her. Copy provided by NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Keri Schneider 9 months ago
I loved this book. It is part of a series but can stand alone. Timothy is looking for the “perfect” wife, but lacks the funds to do so, when he befriends Maryann. They agree to help each other find a spouse, but love comes in an unsuspected form and Timothy learns there is no “perfect” spouse and money is not everything.
Sunshine1006 9 months ago
Timothy Mayfield is looking for a wife. His finances are not what he would wish so a girl with a dowry will be part of what attracts him to a woman. He is called to his uncle's house to receive an inheritance. if he chooses a woman his uncle will approve of. It's the "marriage mart" for him. He knows a woman, Maryann Morrington who has been a friend for many years. He decides to tell her that part of why he wants her is for the dowry. Since Timothy is looking for a woman who meets all the items on his list. Maryann decides to help him find the perfect woman. When he goes to London, he compares every woman to her. He finally finds someone that meets everything on his list but he doesn't love her and thinks only of Maryann. Miss Shaw is perfect for him. She meets all of his criteria, but why can't he stop thinking of Maryann. He goes to her sister's house to declare himself to her. She thinks it is a jest and he cannot possibly love her or is she best of a bad situation? Read this book for all the misunderstandings and love. I thought this book was amazing.. I really loved everything about it. I received this book from Net Galley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
bmrawlins 9 months ago
A laugh out loud, witty, Regency romance. Timothy and Maryann, friends through a family connection, are both determined to find a match during the London season. Timothy has a list of characteristics of his perfect woman and Maryann, knowing she’s the exact opposite, is set on proving that no such woman exists. Their blatant honesty with each other stems from the privilege of being friends and gets them into trouble with each other more often than not. They set out to help the other find the best match and inevitably end up trampling toes and feelings. I love the banter between all of the characters. A thoroughly enjoyable, highly recommended, clean, Regency romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
BecKiC 9 months ago
One of my favorite romantic plot lines is two friends who are in love with each other, but don’t know it. ‘Daisies and Devotion’ is a variation on this plot and it plays out so well. Timothy Mayfield is a member of the ‘ton’ but has limited means. He needs to marry a woman with money if he has any hope of providing for a family, but he also hopes to marry for love. Maryann Morrington has a large dowry and has grown weary of men who only want to marry her for her money. She finds Timothy refreshing and is willing to give him a chance at courting her because he’s honest about both needing money and wanting to be in love with his wife. Things quickly change when Timothy’s uncle offers a sizeable inheritance for him upon making a good marriage match. Timothy is now free to pursue whom ever he wishes without worrying about the woman’s financial situation and without anyone knowing that he now is a man of means. Maryann is a little hurt when Timothy stops pursuing her until he discloses the reason to her. She’s surprised to find that she’s a little sad that he has no interest in her now that he has his own means, but offers to help him find his ‘ideal’ woman. Timothy is grateful for Maryann’s help, and also glad they have a common bond with which to continue their friendship. Eventually, he decides to help her find her perfect man. In the process they both find the qualities they value most are found in each other; however, they each know they aren’t the other person’s ‘ideal’, and keep their growing affection to themselves. Josi Kilpack has crafted another engaging Regency romance full of all the things readers love most about that time period, along with a heartwarming romance. She cleverly weaves daisies into the story and they become part of Maryann and Timothy’s devotion. This book is absolutely delightful!
yellowrubyjewels 9 months ago
If you are a Regency fan and love a good book series, I highly recommend that you pick up the Mayfield family series. I really have enjoyed both of these books. Especially the characters. I loved how Timothy and Maryanne were open and upfront at the beginning of their story. The middle of the story didn't quite pan out as I thought it would, but their honesty and frankness at the beginning of the book was refreshing and really helped me feel endeared to Maryanne. Ok, Timothy as well, but I think it set up the story for Maryanne to truly speak her feelings and thoughts and be more open. On the other hand though, Timothy's frankness could be considered a moment of, 'open foot, insert mouth.' Ha! Good ol' Timothy just need some time to figure out what he was saying...after he said it. But even with his foot in mouth moments, I loved when he realized what he did and that he wasn't afraid to fix his mistakes. There are plenty of ups and downs throughout this book but I loved how it worked and added to the story and development of the characters. There are several great moments (and quotes I want to share) at the end that the author did such a great job of bringing closure to the story and the reason for the ups and downs. But I'm not going to share them. Sorry if I got your hopes up. I don't want to spoil anything for you when you read this one. I'll admit that there were a few moments where my heart ached for both of these characters. We get to see their backstory and what makes them who they are and why. A good book for me is when a character is developed and I get to see what makes them be them. How they got to where they are at and what motivates their desires, dreams and actions. This book was no exception is portraying these characters in a way that I connected with them and wanted to cheer them on to find their way through the unknown and struggles, to have hope for their dreams and love. I would recommend starting with book one and not jumping into this second book. You definitely should read the whole series as they are interconnected. I loved seeing more about this Mayfield family, especially the uncle Elliott Mayfield who instigates all these great possibilities for his nieces and nephews to have joy in their lives(and add more books for us to read-especially if the next book is about who I think it's going to be about). This second book is taking place during the timeline of the first book so that was fun to have a couple little glimpses back into the story of Peter and Julia. Last thing...I loved the build up of their friendship throughout this book, but the ending, oh my heart. I loved that best of all. Just wanted you to know that. It's a book that I didn't want to set down and one that I can't wait to share with many friends and my daughters. My older daughters loved the first book and their friends as well. I've had an advanced paperback copy for several weeks and they were all dying to get their hands on it. Lol! But I told them they had to wait until the book was released to enjoy it. I know, I'm such a great momma! We're all fans of Josi Kilpack's writing. If you can't tell. Go grab a copy, borrow a copy, request a copy at your local library, or however you read and enjoy this series. Definitely one I highly recommend! Content: Clean. Happy Reading!!!
WishEnd 9 months ago
DAISIES AND DEVOTION is a story of two people who are looking for marriage, but find an unexpected friendship. Full of characters and emotions that will tug on readers' hearts, this is one historical romance story not to miss! I should just never be surprised when this author exceeds my expectations... This story brought out the laughter, the tears, and a good amount of swooning. I absolutely loved the characters! They were so easy to relate to. Maryann is average - at least she's always felt such. Not a great beauty and not particularly talented in the way society values. She surprises herself and Timothy when she is honest and direct with him. They were already somewhat friends, but this honesty forces Timothy to also be honest with her, and from there a real friendship begins with the chance for more between them. They show each other a side of themselves that no one else sees and that no one portrays in society. It's refreshing and makes each of them take notice of the other. Timothy is such a good man. A true gentleman and with a kind heart. He's somewhat misguided in his ideal wife, but under the circumstances, it makes sense. Oh the heartbreak! Timothy values Maryann, but he still doesn't see her for who she could be to him and her heart is broken over and over again. Thank goodness this line is known for its happily-ever-afters. In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story! It brought out all the feels, the heartache making the the sweet moments that much sweeter. Highly recommended! Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host/NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
AE2 9 months ago
Timothy Mayfield knows that he must marry a woman of wealth, as he has none of his own, but he hopes that he can also find a woman whom he can love.--and Maryann Morrington may be that woman. She isn't a great beauty, but she is the sister-in-law of his friend, has a fortune that will pass to her husband, and he enjoys her company and her wit. Then Timothy's uncle Elliott, who is trying to bring respectability and stability his nieces and nephews, reveals that, upon Timothy making a match of which Elliott approves, Elliott is prepared to give him a generous amount of land as well as a home in London, suddenly he is free to forget about financial matters and find the perfect woman for him--and he promptly puts together a list of everything he desires in a woman, from blonde hair to artistic talent to a tinkling laugh. Maryann knows that just about any man who shows any interest in her is likely attracted more by her fortune than herself, she appreciates Timothy's honest assertion that he while he needs a woman of means, he also is spending time with her in order to find out if they could connect on a deeper level. When Timothy returns from his uncle's and doesn't pay her any attention at all, she finds her heart wounded--and when another forthright conversation with him has him revealing his newfound circumstances as well as the list of qualities the perfect woman must have--few of which Maryann possesses--any dreams she had of a future with Timothy are shattered. Still, she enjoys his friendship and truly wants his happiness--and she even gives him pointers on how to dress and introduces him to ladies recently come to town in order to help him find the woman for him, while hoping, without any real hope, that someone will come along who can drive Timothy from her thoughts and heart. This book had me hooked from the opening chapter and I couldn't wait to see how things worked outI loved how Maryann was both very direct and smart; the banter between Timothy and her was terrific from the beginning and continued throughout the book. I really liked Maryann's character--she was good and kind and strong but also somewhat wounded, and she just felt very real. Her pain at Timothy's rejection, as well as his inadvertent insults, was portrayed very realistically and I just hurt for her! I really liked Timothy's upbeat attitude and how he was funny and kind (with a few slip-ups), but at the same time, I got exasperated with him for Maryann's sake. I liked seeing the growth in his character and particularly enjoyed an enlightening conversation he had with his older brother. I also liked how the book ended; I was a little worried it was going to wrap up too easily and without adequate resolution, but I think things played out realistically and satisfactorily. This is a delightful book and one of my picks for best of 2019. I read an ARC from the publisher #ShadowMountain via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
TimelessNovels 9 months ago
I found myself not liking Timothy at first. He is shallow and clueless and hurts people; though unintentionally. But he is also so real. He has a lot to learn and I enjoyed being on that journey with him. Maryann is a far more forgiving person than I am, especially when it comes to her potential suitors. While she does not have a chipper personality by nature, she does not hold on to people’s mistakes and truly wants those she loves to be happy. I hurt for Maryann for some of the things that were said to her and the way she was treated. I liked that this book had a realistic feel. Everything wasn't all tied up in a neat bow. People had real and raw feelings and there were consequences to them. Timothy and Maryann’s relationship reminded me of a quote from Jane Austen’s Emma “Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another” This was the second book in the Mayfield Family series. While we do get to see Peter and Julia again from Promises and Primroses, each book can be read as a standalone.