Published by Shadow Mountain
Publication Date February 18, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Written for: Adults
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
It wasn’t until I was a good way through Promised that I saw the similarities to Pride and Prejudice. The way in which Margaret was so repulsed by Lord Williams’ manner and his haughty attitude. Then I started noticing other subtle things and began to realize that there were a number of connections. What I appreciated is that the author did not attempt to make this a retelling, including all the characters and situations with slight variations. Instead, Leah Garriott made the story her own.
There were some cute and some romantic moments, such as with the donkey. And some odious yet indispensible characters.
While I liked Lord Williams – mostly – I didn’t really understand his motivation for the “thing” that ended up being a problem. Somehow it didn’t quite ring true. Other than that, he was kind despite being a bit aloof and was certainly persistent!
Margaret had a deep love for her family, especially her sister, Alice. Her relationship with her brother, Daniel, was humorous at times, especially when they were goading and needling each other. I do have to confess, though, that her prejudice against Lord Williams and her grief over her sad circumstances was a bit overwhelming throughout much of the story. She wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t much of a fan. And I wasn’t quite sure why Lord Williams fell in love with her.
There were a couple of items I would have liked to have had explained more thoroughly (or at all, like the donkey). The narrative style was good yet not compelling. Overall, Promised was enjoyable.