Hello sweeties! I’ll be sharing my review for Promised by Leah Garriot, a Proper Romance novel from Shadow Mountain Publishing which releases today. Garriott’s debut novel is a beautifully written and delightful clean romance story with loveable characters and a wonderful and fun plot. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and I hope you’ll decide to add this book on your TBR and grab your copy today.
Published: February 18, 2019
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Retail Price: $15.99 Page Count: Paperback, 368
Genre(s): Fiction, Romance, Regency
Book Design: © Shadow Mountain
Cover Photo: Elina Simeonova/Trevillion Images; Mukul Banerjee/Shutterstock.com
Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Heather G. Ward
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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 affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake Mr. Northam.
There’s only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won’t leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret’s chances for making a good match—to his cousin or anyone else. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage—to Lord Williams.
Under no condition will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, interrupting her family games and following her on morning walks, winning the good opinion of her siblings and proving himself intelligent and even kind, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the type of man she’d hoped to marry before she’d learned how much love hurt. When paths diverge and her time with Lord Williams ends, Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.
A Delightfully Charming, Beautifully Written, and
Irresistibly Endearing Love Story
I am so utterly and wholeheartedly smitten with this book. Promised by Leah Garriot is a such a charming and wonderfully written romance story and I enjoyed everything about it.
After reading the first few pages, I knew that I would love this book and I honestly really did. The writing is exquisitely beautiful and I was absolutely enamored with Garriott’s storytelling that I could not put the book down. I loved the setting and descriptions, the pacing is amazing and there was never a dull moment, and the plot is so satisfyingly entertaining. I also really enjoyed the Jane Austen feel of the story. Garriott did a fantastic job creating a story that is reminiscent of a famous classic author while still standing on its own with a promising storyline that surprises and does not disappoint. With plenty of drama, banter, humor, heartbreak, romance, and unexpected twists and turns, this precious book definitely had me enthralled and hooked the entire time.
The characters are perfectly flawed and likeable. They’re also relatable in many ways as they make mistakes, learn from them, and grow continuosly throughout the story. They each have their own loveable quirks, charm, and complexities which made them such fascinating characters. Margaret and Lord Gregory Williams are both amazing leads and I absolutely adored them. I loved their chemistry from the start and I couldn’t wait to see their interactions and how their relationship will be. I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the fun, but I just want to say that there are plenty of swoony feels, heart-melting scenes, and beautiful moments that make this story amazingly interesting and a delight to read.
There are so many things I loved and enjoyed about this book and if I could discuss them all, I really would. If you enjoy historical romance stories or those similar to Pride and Prejudice, then I think you’ll really want to check this book out. The writing is exceptional and I can honestly say that I’m going to be adding this on my favorite books for 2020. There’s plenty of scenes that will make you smile and laugh, some are a bit cheesy and cringy, and others are just perfectly adorable. The characters are likeable and intriguing and the relationships between the them are so interesting and fun. I enjoyed the humor and bantering and the storyline overall is well done, exciting, and filled with so many heartfelt moments. I really loved this book and I hope you will too.
Delightfully witty, absolutely charming, and wonderfully romantic, Promised by Leah Garriott is filled with so many lovely and sweet moments that absolutely warmed my heart. The writing is refreshing and addictive, the characters are relatable and loveable, and the plot is irresistibly fun and engaging. With twists and turns that kept me on my toes and turning the pages, Leah Garriot impressed me with her debut novel and I cannot wait to read more from her.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Though she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She has resided in Hawaii and Italy, has 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.
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