Four Stars, Josi S. Kilpack, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence

Like Mother Like Daughter

I recently had to go through the stress of finding my daughter a new dance studio. We adored the one she was at and would’ve stayed there forever, but it’s a studio just for littles and she’s aged out. A dancer my whole childhood and young adult life I’ve tried really hard not to influence her choice to dance or not to dance; or even which dance she ought to love the most. However, when I found a local studio that does an annual nutcracker performance I instantly thought, that’s the one.

I have such fond memories of my own nutcracker experiences and just want her to have them too. Yes, the tuition is reasonable and I’ve heard very good things about the studio, but if I’m being honest that was the deal breaker. After I registered her I got to thinking, how often do I impose my own experiences and my own judgement on my children?

In Josi Kilpack’s novel released today the story follows a mother and her daughter and their relationships with each other and in love.

Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his brothers and sisters by requiring his nieces and nephews to choose worthy companions.  If they choose wisely, they will receive their generous share of the family’s inheritance.

Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.

But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.

Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.

I had a harder time getting into this novel, it seemed a little heavy with too much description right up front, but being immersed in the juxtapostions of the stories really made the novel shine.

Josi Kilpack did a beautiful job of showcasing not just the second chance romantic relationships, but the familial relationships as well.

The emotion  infused into both Julia and Amelia had me empathizing with both. As a daughter and as a mother I loved how well both were approached and the growth their relationship took through out the story.

The story could have gotten jumbled with so many points of view, but the characters were well developed and the background well defined so that never became a problem. The judgments and the assumptions that Josi gave each character gave them depth and added dimension and purpose to the over all story line.

Each of the characters grappled with something different, but each of them were also given hope and redemption. I loved that the redemption and second chances were not just in romance, though those were beautiful as well, but the parts that touched me the most were those between the families. Josi has gotten me hooked on The Mayfields and I’m excited to see where she takes us with the rest of the family.


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