Daisies & Devotion Summary
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.
Daisies & Devotion Review
This is the second book in author Josi S. Kilpack’s Mayfield Family Series. You can find Book 1: Promises and Primroses here. This is a regency series about the Mayfield family sons and their uncle’s efforts to ensure they all marry, and marry well.
This is a fun read. Maryann Morrington is “the girl next door.” You know, the one who is always there and easy to talk to, and the fallback who gets to hear all about her pal’s romantic adventures.
While I knew going in it was a romance, one of the things I enjoy most about Josi Kilpack—and all of the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain Publishing—is that the focus is more on the story than the romance (I probably say that in every review). But it’s true. Maybe it’s just that I could related to Maryann. I was always the girl who was not so pretty and had the sarcastic wit, and was a tell-it-like-it-is girl. And the one that all my guy friends came to for girl advice.
Ms. Kilpack is excellent at character development. She has a gift for making her characters come to life and become real people. She also creates beautiful settings and has a very visual style of writing so that I can see her stories as I read. One of things I really like about this series is that each book is completely stand-alone. While certain characters and elements will carry through the series, each book is its own story. You could read these in any order and all would make sense. In some series, you really need to read in the published order to fully enjoy the books and not be lost. It is not so with Daisies and Devotion.
Summer is coming. Now is the perfect time to start gathering your summer reading list—and Daisies and Devotion should be high on that list.