Saturday, November 9, 2019

BLOG TOUR - A Convenient Fiction

A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews

The mysterious Alex Archer returns to England in Book 3 of Mimi Matthews' USA Today bestselling Parish Orphans of Devon series.

She Needed A Husband...

It's been three years since Laura Hayes's father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family's failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. A noble gentleman who can rescue them all from penury. When a mysterious stranger arrives in the village, he seems a perfect candidate. But Alex Archer is no hero. In fact, he just might be the opposite.

He Wanted a Fortune...

Alex has no tolerance for sentiment. He's returned to England for one reason only: to find a wealthy wife. A country-bred heiress in Surrey seems the perfect target. But somewhere between the village railway station and the manor house his mercenary plan begins to unravel. And it's all the fault of Laura Hayes--a lady as unsuitable as she is enchanting. From the beaches of Margate to the lavender fields of Provence, a grudging friendship slowly blossoms into something more. But when scandal threatens, can a man who has spent his entire life playing the villain, finally become a hero? Or will the lure of easy riches once again outweigh the demands of his heart?

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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)


Title:   A Convenient Fiction
Author:  Mimi Matthews
Series:  Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 3
Genre:   Historical Romance
Publisher:  Perfectly Proper Press
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   352
Date of Publication:  October 22, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

This delightful story by Mimi Matthews brings us the third story in the Parish Orphans of Devon series. Readers of this story have had Justin and Tom's story, now Alex Archer gets to find his future.

Alex's approach removes romance from the equation. He needs a rich wife and has found a way to settle a debt. George Wright is the man who has acquired the huge debt. He agreed to settle it with Alex by pretty much offering his childhood friend, Henrietta Talbot, in marriage to Alex. However, when Alex arrives on the scene, the very first woman he sees is Laura Hayes. She affects him in a disturbing way.

Laura came from a privileged situation. Her father had a lucrative perfume business in several locations. Due to bad investments, his death, and with her brother being an invalid, Laura, her brother and their aunt live on a minimal existence.

Laura is friends with Henrietta, and is asked to be a chaperone of sorts during Alex's visit. Inasmuch as Alex needs a rich wife, Laura needs a husband. Her very future is threatened, and only by marrying will she have any chance at saving any remnant's of her father's business.

Alex begins to court Henrietta, all while to bury his growing feelings for Laura. Laura, meanwhile, strives to support Henrietta and Alex, even though her heart is breaking, and not knowing where her future will lie.

I adored this story! Not only did I love the way that Alex and Laura met, recognized their feelings, and worked through their trials together, it was great to meet the couples from the other books in the series. Finally, the conclusion was very heartwarming. 

Mimi Matthews is a new name to me, and I love how she wrote this sweet story. She grabbed my attention and I am eager to read more. I loved Alex and his friends. I look forward to reading the first two books in the series, as well as the Neville's story, The Winter Companion, scheduled for release in February

Many thanks to Perfectly Proper Press and to HF Virtual Book Tours for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


USA 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

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 22
Review at Courtney Clark

Wednesday, October 23

Review at The Lit Bitch

Thursday, October 24

Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Friday, October 25

Review at Bookish Rantings

Monday, October 28

Review at Amy's Booket List

Friday, November 1

Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, November 4

Review at Austenprose

Wednesday, November 6

Review at Passages to the Past

Saturday, November 9

Review at Robin Loves Reading

Monday, November 11

Review at Lost_in_a_book_reviewer

Wednesday, November 13

Review at For the Sake of Good Taste

Friday, November 15 

Review at Coffee and Ink


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a signed paperback copy of A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews! 
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  1. I am glad that you enjoyed this so much. Lovely review Robin.

  2. This author is new to me too - thanx for sharing your thoughts

  3. Thanks for the great review.
    Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

  4. Thank you so much for hosting Mimi's blog tour! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it!

    HF Virtual Book Tours

  5. I'm not much of a historical romance fan, but I can see why you enjoyed it so much. Great review.

  6. If I'm going to read historical fiction, it has to have romance in it. This one sounds like a great read :) Thanks for sharing your review!

  7. Great review Robin this is the first time I have heard or seen this book and it really looks and sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley as well. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

  8. New for me. I love that cover. Great review Robin