Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack

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Book Review of Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack

I love a good book with two strong characters. In Love and Lavender by Josi Kilpack, both the main characters are strong-willed—some may say stubborn. Well, they start out that way, at least. Both are stuck in their ways and have trouble seeing anything except the one straight path in front of them. It’s so fun as a reader to see the change in each of the characters throughout the book. Do they end up as strong-willed at the end as they started in the beginning? You’ll need to read it to find out! In the meantime, check out my review!


Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, Hazel knows marriage is unlikely, so she devotes herself to teaching at a private girls’ school.

When her uncle offers Hazel a substantial inheritance if she marries, she is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? But when she learns the school might be sold, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale thrives on order and process. He has no interest in marriage, so when Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, offers him an inheritance if he weds, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, an inheritance means he could purchase a building and run his own accounting firm.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, claim their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But then Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must first live together as a couple for one year.

Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?

My Book Review:

I’m loving these Mayfield Family Romances! I’d love to meet Uncle Elliott! He may think he’s helping his nieces and nephews, but he sure causes a lot of drama in the process! It’s hilarious to see as a reader. Love and Lavender is book #4 in the series and it did not disappoint!

First, Hazel is my grandmother’s name. I have to love this Hazel because I love my grandmother and her name. Hazel is a great character because she is strong and determined. Hazel has not had an easy life. She was born with a clubbed foot and has never had it properly cared for. As a consequence of her deformed foot, Hazel was not able to make a match when she was younger. She did not let that hold her back, though. Hazel is a very intelligent woman and teaches advanced mathematics at a private girls’ school.

Duncan hasn’t had an easy life either. His stringent habits and blunt observations tend to turn people away from him. He works in a firm where he doesn’t always get along with his colleagues because they don’t follow the rules quite as strictly as he does. Being a tattle doesn’t help the relationships, either.

Both of these characters are well written. Each has his or her individual characteristics and unique voice. Both characters are realistic, and I love that they are not perfect. They each have struggles and flaws, and it allows the reader to relate to them.

The book is also well written. I like the letter writing format. Sometimes the letter format makes a book seem choppy, but this book flows well and does not suffer from that problem. The reader learns a lot about each of the characters in the letters, and it progresses the story along quite nicely. I also like the descriptions of the characters, their situations, and their growth throughout the book. I won’t give anything away, but each of these characters changes a lot over the course of the book, and it’s so fun to watch.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a great story with interesting characters, a few twists, and even some good romance! If you have enjoyed any previous Mayfield Family books, you will definitely enjoy Love and Lavender.

Content Rating PG+Content Rating: PG+ (There isn’t any profanity or violence in this book. There’s not any “intimacy” except for some kissing.)

Age Recommendation: YA and up

My Rating: 4/5

4 Star Review

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



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