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Today I’m featuring

Peyton’s Promise by Susan G. Mathis.

Summer 1902

Peyton Quinn is tasked with preparing the grand Calumet Castle ballroom for a spectacular two-hundred-guest summer gala. As she works in a male-dominated position of upholsterer and fights for women’s equality, she’s persecuted for her unorthodox ways. But when her pyrotechnics-engineer father is seriously hurt, she takes over the plans for the fireworks display despite being socially ostracized.

Patrick Taylor, Calumet’s carpenter and Peyton’s childhood chum, hopes to win her heart, but her unconventional undertakings cause a rift. Peyton has to ignore the prejudices and persevere or she could lose her job, forfeit Patrick’s love and respect, and forever become the talk of local gossips.

From Goodreads

Author Information

Discover more information about Susan G. Mathis at: susangmathis.com.

First Line

[Graphic Text]: Summer 1902, Calumet Island, Thousand Islands, NY ~ “La, la, la, la …” Peyton Quinn started to hum, balanced her basket on her hip, and gave a little twirl, entranced by the beauty of her surroundings.

My Review

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review.
The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.


Peyton’s Promise by Susan G. Mathis is part of her Thousand Islands Gilded Age historical romance series.

In a castle on a remote island, Peyton Quinn is reunited with her childhood best friend Patrick Taylor. They parted on difficult terms, but Patrick’s feelings for her have only matured. Peyton, on the other hand, has developed strong opinions on women’s rights, taking on a man’s job and standing firm in her independence.

I loved learning more about upholstery and fireworks in the early 1900s! The details were amazing! I enjoy learning about different jobs by reading books. I also appreciated the varying opinions expressed on women’s rights, both for and against, and in between. Add in the spiritual lessons and there was a lot packed into this story!

If you enjoy sweet romance with lots of historical detail and a faith message, then definitely grab a copy of Peyton’s Promise. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but after reading this one, I’d like to.

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