My new historical romance, FAIR AS A STAR, is the first book in my Victorian Romantics series. Set during the summer of 1864, it features a handsome and compassionate clergyman hero and a courageous heroine who just happens to be betrothed to his brother.
After a year-long stay in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the idyllic 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. . .
F is for Family. Something Beryl values more than anything.
A is for Alliance. The upcoming marriage of Beryl and Sir Henry Rivenhall.
I is for Impetuous. Beryl’s younger sister Winnifred is driven more by emotion than good sense.
R is for Romance. Sometimes it happens where you least expect it.
A is for Attraction. Mark Rivenhall has been besotted with Beryl for as long as he can remember.
S is for Sisterhood. The bond that Beryl shares with Winnifred.
A is for Affinity. Mark and Beryl have always been friends.
S is for Supportive. Mark gives Beryl a shoulder to lean on.
T is for Tenacity. Winnifred is determined to get what she wants.
A is for Arrogance. Sir Henry thinks he knows what’s best for everyone.
R is for Realization. In the end, Beryl recognizes who it is she truly loves.
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?
Romance Historical [Perfectly Proper Press, On Sale: July 14, 2020, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781733056977 / eISBN: 9781733056984]
Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Lost Letter) 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.
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