by Josi S. Kilpack
Series: Mayfield Family (Book 2)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (May 14, 2019)
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.
I found myself not liking Timothy at first. He is shallow and clueless and hurts people; though unintentionally. But he is also so real. He has a lot to learn and I enjoyed being on that journey with him.
Maryann is a far more forgiving person than I am, especially when it comes to her potential suitors. While she does not have a chipper personality by nature, she does not hold on to people’s mistakes and truly wants those she loves to be happy. I hurt for Maryann for some of the things that were said to her and the way she was treated.
I liked that this book had a realistic feel. Everything wasn’t all tied up in a neat bow. People had real and raw feelings and there were consequences to them.
Timothy and Maryann’s relationship reminded me of a quote from Jane Austen’s Emma
“Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another”
This was the second book in the Mayfield Family series. While we do get to see Peter and Julia again from Promises and Primroses, each book can be read as a standalone.