Matthews, Mimi. Fair as a Star. [United States]: Perfectly Proper Press, 2020.
ISBN-13: 978-1733056984 | $3.99 USD | 194 pages | Victorian Romance
From USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews comes a Victorian tale of love and longing in a quaint English village.
A Secret Burden…
After a mysterious sojourn in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the village of Shepton Worthy ready to resume the life she left behind. Betrothed to the wealthy Sir Henry Rivenhall, she has no reason to be unhappy–or so people keep reminding her. But Beryl’s life isn’t as perfect as everyone believes.
A Longstanding Love…
As village curate, Mark Rivenhall is known for his compassionate understanding. When his older brother’s intended needs a shoulder to lean on, Mark’s more than willing to provide one. There’s no danger of losing his heart. He already lost that to Beryl a long time ago.
During an idyllic Victorian summer, friends and family gather in anticipation of Beryl and Sir Henry’s wedding. But in her darkest moment, it’s Mark who comes to Beryl’s aid. Can he help her without revealing his feelings–or betraying his brother?
*Fair as a Star is a novella, approximately 50,000-words in length.
Praise for the Novels of Mimi Matthews
“Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end.” –Library Journal, starred review
“[A] gripping, emotional Victorian romance… Historical romance fans should snap this one up.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
“As always, Matthews attention to historical accuracy is impeccable.” –Kirkus Reviews
“It seems that I say each book that Mimi Matthews pens is her best writing, but it appears to be true.” –The Romance Reviews
“Mimi Matthews is an exceptional story-teller.” –Passages to the Past
“[Matthews’] books are classics and remind me of Georgette Heyer and Mary Balogh…simply wonderful.” -Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“Mimi Matthews writes so beautifully I’ll happily follow her imagination anywhere.” -Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Content Warning: Fair as a Star contains discussions of mental illness and domestic violence.
I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Mimi Matthews has been recommended by a few people as an author of sweet/no-sex romance, so she has been on my radar for a while. And Fair as a Star sounded interesting, so I thought it would be a good entry point into her books.
And it’s a wonderful book that delves into mental health in such a beautiful way with Beryl. Set in a time when both quack cures and abusive mental institutions were common, I love that instead it focuses on Beryl as a real person with depression without the dramatic/Gothic elements so often associated with Victorian literature, and it felt so refreshing to see.
And her relationship with Mark is incredibly sweet as well, and I love his approach to Beryl’s illness, and how it’s influenced by his vocation as a clergyman.
This is a sweet story and it definitely has me excited to try more from her. If you love sweet historical romance, I recommend this one highly.
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.
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