Friday, March 13, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Promised


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.


"Promising Regency-set debut. Vivid period details and the hero's grand romantic efforts will please fans of historical romance."—Publishers Weekly

"Debut -author Garriott's smooth prose and character-driven story will enthrall readers looking for sweet historicals with Austenesque plots."—Library Journal

"Garriott's impressive debut distinguishes itself with its expertly evoked Regency setting, a cast of realistically flawed yet eminently relatable characters, and a sweetly satisfying love story. Teen fans of Austen-era love stories will fall hard for this impeccably crafted romance."—Booklist

“Promised is a sweet regency romance and one that I recommend to all of you romance fans, especially those of you that enjoy stories inspired by Jane Austen.”—The Book Diva’s Reads

“…a fun, entertaining, and perfect addition to the Proper Romance collection.”—The Readathon 

“With an Austen-like focus on minute emotional detail and some amusing secondary characters, Garriott’s gentle novel promises a treat for Regency fans who like their characters well-bred, their interiors comfortable, and the romance no racier than the hero turning up in a wet shirt.”—Historical Novel Society



Title:   Promised
Author:  Leah Garriott
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre:   Historical Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   368
Date of Publication:   February 18, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

Having had her heart broken, Margaret is determined this would never happen again. So she is determined to make find a marriage mate, with love being the furthest thing from her mind. Attending a matchmaking party might just be the answer to her situation.

Margaret spots the perfect candidate, a handsome rake called Mr. Northam. She knows love will never factor in such a marriage and she will be able to live her life going forward.

While Margaret works to secure Mr. Northam's attention, she runs into a problem in the form of his cousin, Lord Williams. He sees exactly what Margaret is about, but more than that, he has very good reason to believe his cousin is the worst possible choice for her. Lord Williams pretty much plants himself in Margaret's path at every turn. The fact that they are both drawn to one another is most certainly a problem. However, Margaret refuses to give her feelings any credence, as she was hurt before, thinking about a man she could possibly love is certainly bound to cause more pain.

This clean romance has a rather slow burn, but is a wonderful story throughout. When reading marriage of convenience stories it was rather nice to see another character step on the seen and win the woman's heart. This regency romance had a few twists and surprises to keep the story flowing. I love the style in which Leah Garriott wrote this book and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Many thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and to InkSlinger PR for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


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.

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