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Daisies and Devotion

(Mayfield Family #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  873 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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 ...more
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Published May 14th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

“He loves me, he loves me not…”

Maryann, an heiress, is in London for the season in search of a husband. A man who would want to marry her for love, not for her money.
There, she is introduced to Timothy, who is in search of a rich wife. He is determined to win Maryann over, but when his rich Uncle offers him wealth and security if he finds a suitable wife, he decides to marry for love and not money. But he has a list of requirements that his future wife should meet. And none of those
Sadaf sarkar
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by netgalley in exchange for a honest review .
The book was better than a most of the historical romance I have recently read . The story was was good though it felt slightly predictable in the middle but it later turned out to be filled unexpected twist . It was easy read nothing too intense or crazy.
The characters were simple yet well defined with certain uniqueness .
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Sigh. This book was so sweet. So gentle. I just loved how softly it fell around my heart.

Maryann is a fantastic character. Her personality is well defined and I love how she is unlike the "norm" for the time. She speaks her mind, stands up for herself but never in an unkind way. She is gentle but strong too. She laughs loudly when amusement fills her. Maryann is exactly the kind of person I would love to be friends with. Evidently, Timothy feels the same way. Poor Maryann. Try as she might, she
Katie W
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful story! Maryann and Timothy have a wonderful "accord" with one another and I love how comfortable their friendship is. While Maryann harbors an unrequited crush, she is still willing to help Timothy find his perfect wife, one who matches every quality on his list. She is opposite of everything on his list and can't afford to be choosy, yet Timothy is willing to reciprocate the favor.

Let's talk about the characters. Maryann is "older" and not a stunning beauty. She possess a
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
How I love this new series by Josi S. Kilpack! She's been one of my favorite authors since before there were e-readers (yes, I'm that old). Remember from the previous book that Elliott Mayfield has come up with a "marriage campaign" to help his nephews and nieces make better choices in marriage partners.

Timothy Mayfield is very forthright about needing to marry someone with money, but he also wants to have a marriage of love. He's described as "fun-loving, overly -optimistic, energetic,
Julie Carpenter
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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Ah Timothy, there are times I would have liked to smack him upside the head. (I do become invested in the books I read.) This is the second book in the "Mayfield Family Series" and I think that the men in the family can be a little dense sometimes. Honestly, I loved the books and find the bumbling men amusing.

When I agreed to review this book I did not realize that it was the second book in the series. I loved the first, so it was a happy day for me. I wanted to read this book because Josi
This story was a typical regency romance but what brought it to life was the two main characters. Maryann is at 22 a little old for the season. She has inherited money and is worried that she will be pursued not for herself but for her money. She feels she is very plain and is open and honest in her speech. Timothy begins the season looking for a wealthy mate as he has class but no money. Then his rich uncle informs him that if Timothy marries someone he approves of then he will give him a house ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book turned out differently than I thought it would, and I found myself enjoying it immensely. It is part of a series, which I didn’t realize til after finishing it, but I think it can also be read as a stand alone. It does make me more excited about the first book, as well as curious about future stories to come.

Maryann was a great protagonist. She was unique- different from your run-of-the-mill debutante. She is sensible, witty, sarcastic, older than most other girls, and views herself
What a fun and adorable romance! I haven’t read the first book in the Mayfield Family series, Primroses and Promises (unfortunately, I doubt I ever will because I’m rather sensitive to stories about widowers), but I thoroughly enjoyed Daisies and Devotion. I started it late at night, which was a mistake because I inhaled it in a single sitting and as a result got very little sleep.

The plot was wonderful—Timothy, a man desiring love but needing to marry for money, and an heiress, Maryanne,
Jessica (BookObsessedJess)
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 5-stars
OH. MY. STARRRRS. This was perfection from start to finish.

Maryann was a delightful heroine with her own mind...and her own fortune (something so rare in those days), which gave her freedom to be her own person. I loved every second of her boldness and honesty with Timothy.

Timothy was delightful, albeit a touch shallow at the beginning. Seriously, the loser had a LIST of perfect qualities in a mate. I am still reeling from the time Ross had a cranking list between Julie and Rachel. Call it PTSD
Lesr Kew
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is another triumph for this talented author. I look forward to every book Josi Kilpack releases. This book was no different. I loved it! Each character is unique and simply wonderful. I appreciate the character growth. There is a warmth to the story that I love.
Melissa Tagg
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun, enjoyable and just downright charming story! What particularly sealed the deal for me was the friendship between the hero and heroine. I definitely enjoyed the banter and the romance was sweet, but I loved seeing their friendship develop most of all. Now I need to go back and read the first one in this series! :)
Mayfield Family, book 2

Love the Proper Romance series, it is so refreshing to read and never have to worry about offending content and yet also know you will get a superbly written book chock full of emotion and heart!

It was fun to read the two books available now in the Mayfield series back to back and compare and contrast the storylines and main characters. They are both alike and yet different. Maryann and Timothy are unique and not traditional romance characters. They share a very honest
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got to read the first book in this series, Promises and Primroses, last year. This made me super excited to get to read the next installment. I loved the way the characters from that one made an appearance in this one. It just makes the series fit together so much better than if they hadn’t.

This one is about Maryann and Timothy. I loved the way these two characters are together! They’re honest with each other about everything, even down to Timothy needing to marry a woman of means at the
Lisa Schneider
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maryann is a heiress returning to London for a season to find a husband, but it's difficult to know who wants her for her money and who wants her for herself. Timothy is a penniless, but a gentle and sweet man. He is trying to find a wife, but he wants to find a woman that can improve his status, but also one that he can love. He begins to court Maryann and they form a bluntly honest friendship. When Timothy gets an offer from his generous uncle to improve his status, he is freed of his bonds to ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really excited to read another book from the Mayfield family series by Josi Kilpack. I am really enjoying the Proper Romance novels and this one fit the bill perfectly. The characters of Timothy Mayfield and Maryann Morrington are so much fun because they are great friends who can't see what's right in front of them.

The Victorian London setting is a favorite and I enjoyed being pulled back in time to imagine a little of what life must have been like in those days. So many nuances and
Rachel DeVaughn
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the “Mayfield Family series” and I enjoyed this one just as much as book 1. Typically I find the Regency period a little boring but I was pleasantly surprised with book 1, so I didn’t hesitate to read this story and I’m glad I did!

Timothy and Maryann were great characters and I loved their friendship and banter back and forth. I liked how Maryann kept challenging him and kept him on his toes which was rare during that time period-for women to speak their mind and have
From page one, readers will fall in love with Josi S. Kilpack’s sweet regency romancein Daisies and Devotion. This story is about friendship, making mistakes within that friendship, and falling in love when least expected. The characters come to life from the pages as Kilpack weaves a sweet, delicate, and loveable story of a friendship to love interest romance. From cover to cover, readers will be swept away into the regency time period as they dive into this delightful and charming story.

Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the first book of the series, and was excited to read this one. It started off way too slow for me. I almost gave up reading, but I don’t like to give up so easily in my reading. The book got so much more enjoyable. I liked the interaction between Maryann and Timothy in their friendship and throughout the story. 3.5 stars.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I love that the foundation of a true love story is set on a strong and beautiful friendship. So sweet!
Favorite quotes: "Her hope was greater than her fear." "...nothing would be more important in a partner than someone who would weather the storms beside you...imperfections did not eclipse the whole."
Susan K
Romance, clean; period; series, but stand-alone read.
Maryann and Timothy's story was a lovely, heartfelt read. Two characters learning to know their heart and find the one who will see them as they truly are. Timothy's stumbles, unkind words, and his friendship with Maryann as they navigate the season, and try to find matches for each other, their 'perfect' match', was heartfelt, honest, and heart-wrenching as Maryann is torn from him as he pursues another woman, and as he tries to set her up
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
What a delightful followup to Promises and Primrose. While this book is a stand alone book, you will find a few of the characters from the first book intermingled in this book.

Love could be hard to find especially if you aren't sure what you are looking for in a potential spouse...OR your ideas were so off base and crazy that it kept you from realizing what is right in front of you. This was Timothy's case. He has this long list of characteristics that he thinks he wants in a spouse until he
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read most of Josi Killacks regencies. This one was unique and I enjoyed it.

Timothy was a different type of gentleman. I loved his joyful personality and outlook on life. I did wonder why he never thought about making his own money. I guess there weren’t as many respectable options back then but that still struck me as odd.

Maryann was also not your typical looking debutante. I really liked her for her forwardness. She was also not willing to settle for anything less that love, or what
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Kilpack does it again, creating a charming Regency romance worthy of Heyer or Austen and making it look effortless. Readers can’t help but love Timothy for his (albeit sometimes flawed) sincerity and joviality, though they may be tempted to knock some sense into him long before he discovers it on his own. Maryann is the heroine for any woman who feels ‘less than’ in any way, and her quiet strength in the face of rejection is inspiring. Witty banter, delicious romantic tension, and endearing ...more
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I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.

Other books in the series

Mayfield Family (2 books)
  • Promises and Primroses (Mayfield Family #1)