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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,793 ratings  ·  491 reviews
Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.

Warwickshire, England, 1812

Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Shadow Mountain
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Deb Stevens
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honest review of ARC. Like Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Eloisa James, but clean.

I read a lot of romance, both clean and otherwise, in any genre I can consume it in. Historical, contemporary, fantasy, adult, young adult—yes—I eat it all.

But. I’m very picky. If I’m not genuinely engaged within the first three chapters, I just don’t have the time. So, it must have either an interesting story idea, character interaction that pulls at my heartstrings, or witty anything. If an author can get me to laugh
Melissa Tagg
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my verrrrry favorite things as a reader is discovering a new author with a pitch-perfect writing voice...and I found that in this novel. I loooooved the writing! The first-person perspective is fresh and witty, the banter and romance is swoony and the characters are so likable. I look forward to reading more from Leah Garriott!

*Book provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own
Kathy Jo
Margaret has been hurt by love in the past and has sworn that a marriage of convenience is the only way to protect her heart from being hurt again.

While attending a matchmaking party, she meets Mr. Northam and decides he’s the perfect gentleman for her marriage plan. But she soon discovers that Lord Gregory Williams is against the match. He sets his own plan in motion to protect Margaret.

However, Margaret is done being “protected”. She wants what she wants, and no one will stop her from getting
I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and Promised has a gorgeous cover. Lucky, the inside is just as pretty. This is Ms. Garriott's debut novel and I'm impressed! I definitely look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Romance: Clean
Language: None
Violence: None

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Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Proper Romance
Leah Garriott
Release date 02/18/2020
Publisher Shadow Mountain


Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart.
Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious matchmaking party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hop
Fiction Aficionado
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have to confess I struggled to warm to these characters, and for this character-driven reader, that presented a bit of a problem. In a broad sense this story was modelled after Pride and Prejudice, with the hero of the novel creating an unfavourable impression to begin with and the heroine’s opinion of the hero gradually transforming over the course of the story. So far so good—that’s a plot I love to see unfold. But for me, much of its success relies on being able to see the characters realis ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book definitely caught my interest and held it. As Regency romances go, it was one of the best I’ve read in some time. I adored the characters, the plot kept me wondering as it kept going in unforeseen directions, and the ending left me sighing in contentment.

Margaret , the protagonist, had such a strong voice and it was easy to love her and understand her perspective. From the very beginning there is an intricate plot that unfolds and not until the climax do you (and Margaret) understand
Dee/ bookworm
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-2019
#Promised #NetGalley

Pride and Prejudice with a twist. I cannot tell you what an honor it was to read this phenomenal book! It was so good! This is definitely one of my favorites this year. While I do like Austen, this book has easier ebb and flow. I think this a book is one you can read again and again!

Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the ARC in exchange for a fair review. The ideas and thoughts are my own.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun to read! I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were engaging and had more depth than other romantic novels I've read. The story kept moving throughout the entire book and had unexpected twisted and turns. I'm excited to read it again when it comes out in a couple months! I've already pre-ordered it! ...more
Julie Carpenter
What more can I say than, I absolutely loved it, to convey what I thought about this book! Margaret has suffered heartache and she's going to take matters into her own hands to ensure that never happens again. Ha! She's in for some rude awakenings throughout this book if she thinks she can plan what her heart is going to do and feel. The heart knows what it wants and hers is no different...nor a certain gentleman's heart for that matter. *smirks*

I knew this was Leah Garriott's first published no
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this debut novel and I can’t wait to read another story from her. It was a clean romance and I loved the characters.
Margaret was a strong willed, stubborn thing and Gregory was well mannered and determined. Parts of this story made me crazy because Margaret just didn’t know what she wanted.
It had heartache, romance and HEA.
I recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I loved this story. The strongest thing about it was something I have been searching for for ages: one point of view. I loved that this story was only told through the eyes of Margaret. Add Lord Williams arrogance and occasional coldness and you have understandable suspicion, frustration and a need to protect oneself. This made the story, the characters' emotions and actions, make sense in a way that many similar novels fall short.

Some of the scenes had me laughing out loud and some had me cring
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars*** rounding up!

Sigh. I love and hate when a good book comes to an end.

This book starts out with a matchmaking party. Margaret is drawn to a known rake because she knows that she won't love him and he will not break her heart. To make things interesting his cousin, Gregory (Lord Williams), is continually warning her away from him. A quote from a well-known poem comes to mind. "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." (Robert Burns)

The book gets really interesting at this p
Margaret’s heart has been broken in the past so she attends a matchmaking party and is drawn to Mr. Northam, a known rake. His cousin, Lord Williams, starts to interfere, which annoys her. Things only get more frustrating for her after that weekend and she needs to figure out what kind of man she really wants.

I loved everything about this book--the setting, the characters, the interactions between Margaret and Lord Williams (really, interactions between all of the characters), and the pace of t
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This book delivered the one thing that makes a story come alive for me- emotion! There are hidden games being played here that ramp up the drama, and Margaret's denial of what will bring her happiness provides her character the opportunity for growth. Lord Williams is a Darcy-esque enigma at first, he has two sides of his personality that Margaret has seen and she doesn't know which is the truth and which is a facade. Knowing who to trust is difficult, especially when Margaret makes her life har ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down! Loved it from the first page until the last page and have already read it for a second time. I love a good enemies to lovers storyline and Promised is just that!
Margaret is afraid to put her heart out there again and thinks the safest solution is a marriage of convenience. Lord Williams comes along and interrupts these plans much to her dismay.
It was a delight to watch this story play out. Margaret does her best to try to frighten off her intended while battling the growi
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a perfect addition to the Proper Romance series! The story and setting were wonderful, and I just adored all of the characters, even the quirky and not-so-nice ones. The writing itself was beautiful, and I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. Highly recommended!
Pauline Ross
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Randi Annie Framnes
Trying to get over her ex fiancé’s infidelity, Margaret Brinton attends a matchmaking party.
Broken hearted and confused she thinks she needs to attract a relationship of convenience. She meets two gentlemen who only add to her confusion.

Seriously broken hearted and confused following her fiancé’s infidelity Margaret Brinton promises herself to not fall in love again and be made a fool of, just find a man to marry for convenience. Attending a match making party, she meets two very different men
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I was so reluctant to end this book. I really enjoyed every single moment in it and I wanted more of Margaret and Lord Williams. I love when that happens.

This story is gentle and doesn't hold many climactic moments but wow, it sure did hold my attention. I was interested from the very first dinner scene because Margaret has such a determination to marry someone that cannot hurt her and that she has no real affection for even at her brother's obvious disapproval. Getting to know Margaret was a tr
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found a new favorite author reading this book. This was such a fun, well written Jane Austen style Historical fiction story! Great characters that keep you laughing and guessing what will happen next. I also love that they are imperfect and learning through their mistakes. It is very hard to put down especially when you're waiting to see how some things will play out so don't try and read it right before bed thinking you can put it down.... might be up till 2 a.m.

Margaret had her heart broken
Amy Baird
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up all night because I couldn't put it down. A matchmaking weekend. 2 possible suitors: a rake and a gentleman. An arranged engagement. A cherished lake about to be drained. Secrets revealed. This book has it all. I was utterly enamored with Promised. It is a divinely satisfying romance with a fun new twist. One of my favorite Proper Romances books.

I won this as part of a social media giveaway.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have found a new author to love. Promised is a Jane Austin style historical fiction. Great depth to the characters kept me guessing and laughing. Plenty of twists to keep me reading till way to late at night. Imperfect characters learning from their mistakes as they become more self-aware. Can't wait for more! ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Inspired by Pride and Prejudice, but with a backbone of its own

This is the debut novel of Mrs. Garriott and I was impressed by the quality of the writing and the flow of the narrative. The descriptions are beautifully done and the dialogues are intelligent and interesting.

Margaret was in love and engaged to be married when she found out her intended had a mistress and was only pretending to love her to set his hands on her dowry and please his father.

Feeling betrayed and fool, Margaret decided s
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What’s beautiful story! Being snubbed in love is rough, but being being taken advantage of twice is intolerable! Margaret took it like a woman who is worth it. This book was so fun and had me rooting for two awesome characters! Great work Ms Garriott! Thank you!
Lavern Lindberg
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Brinton has decided she will not marry someone who could break her heart. She's been through that before when her betrothed admitted he was only marrying her because his father told him he would be cut off if he refused to marry her and that he planned to have mistresses after they were married. She believes she has found the perfect candidate (Mr. Northam), but his cousin, Lord Williams, keeps getting in the way! Yes, she knows Mr. Northam will not be faithful, but she doesn't care if ...more
Katie W
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super fun new Regency author!

(4.5 Stars) Spunky characters are a hallmark of a great Regency romance. Margaret is strong-willed and determined to marry for convenience only, as she's been burned by love in the past, but Gregory has other ideas, when it becomes apparent that her sights are set on his rakish cousin.

I was baffled by Gregory's intentions for the first part of the book and was dying at how spiteful Margaret's behavior was, but as the story progressed, my heart was won over with stol
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this sweet regency romance. Such good writing. The story came together so well. I had no idea where the author was going. Always being surprised by what happens next. It is wonderful in it's simplicity. I really enjoyed reading Margret's changing heart. I liked how she showed you and never told you. This is also written in only Margret's point of view which lead to the mystery of how our leading man was feeling which worked really well. I will be looking forward to more stories by ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from Net Galley. This book was incredible. I haven't read a proper romance that was written so beautifully in a long time. Leah had a very unique way for you to feel what the characters were feeling and to keep the book intriguing. I highly recommend this book a a 2020 read. ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Promises to Protect Your Heart

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance in the style of Julie Klassen and Julianne Donaldson

SETTING: Warwickshire, England 1812


Two years ago, Margaret Brinton had her heartbroken. She fell in love with her childhood friend and neighbor and was misled by his behavior and heart. After this heart-wrenching experience and the humiliation of breaking their engagement, Margaret has determined her best recourse wo
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Though she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She's resided in Hawaii and Italy, walked the countryside of England, and owns every mainstream movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She's currently living her own happily ever after in Utah with her husband and three kids. Leah is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. You can ...more

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