Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family Series #2)

Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family Series #2)

by Josi S. Kilpack

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Overview

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: 154,876
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 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Heidi_Reads 5 days 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)
Anonymous 1 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 11 days 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.