The Winter Companion by Mimi MatthewsPublication Date: February 11, 2020 Perfectly Proper Press Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book Four Genre: Historical Romance A winter reunion for the orphans brings romance for Neville Cross in Book 4 of Mimi Matthews’ USA Today bestselling Parish Orphans of Devon series. She Needed to be Seen… As a lady’s companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that’s precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past, and an unconventional plan for her future, it’s far safer to remain invisible. But when her new employer is invited to a month-long holiday at a remote coastal abbey, Clara discovers that she may not be as invisible as she’d hoped. At least, not as far as one gentleman is concerned. He Wanted to be Heard… Neville Cross has always been more comfortable with animals than people. An accident in his youth has left him with a brain injury that affects his speech. Forming the words to speak to his childhood friends is difficult enough. Finding the right things to say to a lovely young lady’s companion seems downright impossible. But Miss Hartwright is no ordinary companion. In fact, there may not be anything ordinary about her at all. During a bleak Devon winter, two sensitive souls forge an unexpected friendship. But when Clara needs him most, will Neville find the courage to face his fears? Or is saying goodbye to her the most heroic thing he can do?
Praise for the Parish Orphans of Devon series“For this impressive Victorian romance, Matthews crafts a tale that sparkles with chemistry and impresses with strong character development… an excellent series launch that will appeal to fans of Loretta Chase and Stephanie Laurens.” -Publishers Weekly (The Matrimonial Advertisement) “Matthews has a knack for creating slow-building chemistry and an intriguing plot with a social history twist.” -Library Journal (The Matrimonial Advertisement) “As always, Matthews’ attention to historical accuracy is impeccable.” -Kirkus Reviews (A Modest Independence) “Mimi Matthews is an exceptional story-teller.” -Passages to the Past (The Matrimonial Advertisement) “Matthews is a bright, shining star in historical romance…” -Austenprose (A Modest Independence)
About the AuthorUSA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Matrimonial Advertisement) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats. For more information, please visit Mimi Matthews’ website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, BookBub, Pinterest, Google+, and Goodreads.
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The Winter Companion
Such a beautifully written story of love and acceptance. I absolutely loved how unique the characters were to a historical fiction romance. I haven’t read the prior books in the series, and to my understanding there’s a deeper connection to the characters when you read the entire series but I didn’t feel a lack of anything while reading this one.
What stood out the most to me was how well the relationship was developed. The author really took her time in building first a mutual understanding and then a friendship that blossomed into more. It was a lot more emotional to see their relationship progress in such a way. I absolutely loved the side characters and definitely hope to read their stories as well!
Overall it was a wholesome, sweet, and uplifting love story that is perfect for any romance lover.