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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Promised {A Proper Romance} by Leah Garriott: Book Review

Product Details

  • Promised {Proper Romance)
  •  Author: Leah Garriott
  • Series: Proper Romance
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (February 18, 2020)
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629726141
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

 Book Summary

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 match-making 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 conditions 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 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.

My Review
 I love reading books from new authors. It's an awesome surprise, especially when you really like the book and can't put it down. 

Promised, written by Leah Garriott, has such wonderful Jane Austen vibes that this novel clicked with me instantly. It all starts with a very humorous match-making party. We meet the strong-willed Maragaret Brinton who is there to find a husband of convenience after having been heartbroken in the past. Soon she meets two men that catch her interest, Mr. Northam and Lord Williams. After an unsuccessful attempt at matchmaking, a frustrated Margaret heads home. Once there, she finds out that she is now engaged to Lord Williams and she is not happy. Margaret does everything in her power to undo this travesty. This is when the fun begins as Lord Gregory Williams and Margaret banter back and forth in a dance of chase and run. I love most of Margaret's family except her older brother, Daniel, even though later he finally comes round later and acts more reasonable. Also, Margaret's younger sister Alice was a cute addition to the story. A true favorite character in this novel was Lord William's mother. She was delightful! This emotion-filled book will keep you laughing one moment, crying the next, and greatly puzzled at what is really going on. I enjoyed it so much.

This engaging Proper Romance has a fun plot, great dialogue, and a slow burn romance that pays off in the end.

Meet Author Leah Garriott
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 visit Leah at
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