The Matrimonial Advertisement

The Matrimonial Advertisement

by Mimi Matthews

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BN ID: 2940162130697
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,512
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews 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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The Matrimonial Advertisement 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover of The Matrimonial Advertisement is elegant and breathtaking. The book description left me intrigued and impatiently waiting for the release date to arrive. Mimi Matthews did a great job at plucking me from my favorite armchair and placing my feet on the cliffside of the North Devon coast and in the rooms of the abbey. Her attention to detail and world-building drew me in from the beginning. (A must for me as a reader.) Romance novels aren’t my usual choice when I’m on the hunt for a book. Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy romance in a book, but I want there to be more going on than a love story. The heroine, Helena, I adored from the first few pages. As for the ex-army captain, Justin, I appreciated that he wasn’t the flawless male character romance novels often portray. This outlook Ms. Matthews took along with the added tension of Helena’s uncle and the setting won me on this book. I'd read more from this author in the future.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite The first book in Parish Orphans of Devon series by Mimi Matthews, The Matrimonial Advertisement is a Victorian romance in all its glory. Justin Thornhill has known only the language of vengeance throughout his life. Since he served as a captain during the uprising in India, he has been more in touch with violence than romance. He has become a gruff and grim man who has neither time nor interest, mostly interest, to woo a woman. However, his well wishers suggest that he requires a woman in his life. Since the time he owned Greyfriar's Abbey, his reputation with the villagers has not been something to boast about. Moreover, his household seems to work as a repellent of servants. The only logical solution to these problems appears to be the presence of a woman in the abbey. Considering the fact that he is not willing to put any effort in romance, his steward and his lawyer, who also happens to be his good friend, decide to place a matrimonial advertisement in the newspapers. This marriage, to Justin, is only a business deal and there has to be no scope for romance on any level; however, when Helena Reynolds responds to the ad and makes an appearance for the interview, he knows she is too good to be with him. Helena, on the other hand, knows that marrying Justin is her only chance of quitting her miserable life in London. The author has done an outstanding job of merging a significant historical incident and the unjust incarceration of sane people into the asylums for greed or other reason with Victorian romance. During British rule in India, something very tragic occurred in Cawnpore in '57 that affected many lives forever. The talent with which the author has included that part in the plot is praiseworthy. Mimi Matthews definitely knows how to present historical facts effectively and without sounding bookish. With carefully chosen words and formal conversations among the characters, this is a delightful treat for Jane Austen and historical fiction fans. Justin's gradual shift from bad-tempered to a kind man has made this an engaging read. Helena is more than just a damsel in distress. She makes plans to end her misery and does not waiver from them. Although she is seeking a kind man who will keep her safe, she is not entirely dependent on any man. All she needs is a little push from her loved ones and then she is ready to face her tormentor. The plot is filled with twists that kept me glued to the seat. I enjoyed every second spent reading The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was rather hoping for more in this book so I was a little disappointed. But it was really interesting subject and one I haven't encountered before. Obviously the author had done her research, but, still, she didn't quite capture the dialogue or characters of the time. Which would be very challenging, of course. I particularly was irritated by the hero, who was increasingly melodramatic and obstinant as the story progressed. Which isn't an anachronism in itself - just the execution isn't comparable to the Brontes. Good book and fast read. No graphic, explicit romance, though warmer than Heyer.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, The Matrimonial Advertisement is an emotional, moving and touching romance. It brings two wounded people together that really were meant for each other and were strong together. The premise of this new series surrounds some men that were orphaned and had so many challenges in their lives. What a great first book that held me captive from the first page in this unique storyline. Lady Helena Reynolds is running for her life and when she sees an advertisement for a wife in the paper, she hurries to Devon to get away from London as fast as she can. She needs protection and to be safe and prays the man she is going to will provide that in spades. Justin Thornhill, ex military captain with a hard background, only wants a wife to help him gain the trust of the villagers and bring some much needed structure to his home. He thinks that the woman who answered the ad is an older widow, but what he gets is young lovely Helena. Both have secrets and eventually as they begin to spend time together, they find the arrangement is more than they expected. Of course Justin is wary thinking no woman could really love him but he supports and guards Helena with his life. I wish I could convey how this story gripped my heart with the wonderful writing of this author. This is the first book I have read by her, but now I cannot wait to read more. Some of the secondary characters will soon have their own story and I know I will be reading them as soon as they are released. Lori Dykes
Vesper1931 More than 1 year ago
Helena Reynolds has her secrets and must leave London and hide away. An ex-army captain Justin Thornhill living in North Devon has advertised for a wife. But he has his secrets, he needs redemption, and someone to manage his home. This is a delightful, well-written Victorian Gothic romance. Another enjoyable story by this author with likeable well-drawn characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
North Devon, England - 1859 Helena Reynolds, age 25, has arrived at The King’s Arms to meet with Mr. Boothroyd. Her friend had encouraged her to respond to a matrimonial advertisement. Now, she is to be interviewed as a possible bride for Mr. Justin Thornhill, age 32. He had once been a soldier fighting in India and has a burned area on his neck. He needs a wife to help him share Greyfriar’s Abbey. He has had problems keeping employees and needs help with that too. Justin chooses Helena who says she is simply looking for someone who is kind and will keep her safe. They then head back to the Abbey with Mr. Boothroyd, steward to Justin, and Bess, a lady’s maid for Helena. The remote Abbey is very large, drafty, and sparsely furnished. It sits on the edge of a cliff that drops down to the sea. Justin was an orphan who had been a ward to the local blacksmith and his wife. With children of their own, there was little extra affection for Justin. Helena is eager to get the wedding over and be safe in the Abbey for she fears someone will come and hurt her again. On the evening of their wedding, a man comes looking for Helena saying she is the niece of the Earl of Castleton who was in the process of having her committed to an asylum when she ran away. Helena’s father had been the Earl and her brother, Giles, was to inherit his title. Her father died and it is believed that her brother died in battle, but this has never been proven. The title and property then passed to her uncle. However, Helena was left all of the money. Therefore, her uncle wants to have her declared insane so he can get the money from her. This is a totally delightful story that grabs the reader’s heartstrings. I loved the sweet Helena and the damaged Justin. Watching their relationship go from friendship to trust and finally on to unconditional love was thrilling. I cannot wait to read the next book in this new series. I’m hoping we will finally find out what happened to Giles. This is an author to watch. Fabulous book! Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Some books are more than just well written and well plotted stories because they truly engage the reader. This book did that. I felt I was in Victorian England and all of my senses were engaged. I cared about the characters and felt with them as their stories unfolded. I hoped and cared and wished right along with Justin and Helena as they slowly got to know one another. None of the historical information was new to me but experiencing it from the viewpoints of Justin and Helena made it more relevant and brought it closer to home than just reading about the issues in a history textbook. What were the issues? Public and private orphanages and mental asylums, greedy relatives, underhanded practices to steal money from family, the disparity between the haves and have nots, the return home of military men after capture and torture, the Sepoy rebellion, massacres perpetrated by both British and those they colonized in India, women as property, family, friendship, nobility and so much more. This is in some ways a story of a mail order bride but it is also more than that. It is about a woman, Helena, who has only one hope of thwarting the evil intentions of her uncle by taking a husband who will then “own” her and hopefully protect her. It is about a man, Justin, who is seeking a woman to ease his life as he lives in remote Devon. It is about a friend, Jenny, who finds the matrimonial advertisement and assists Helena in reaching the interview with her potential husband. It is about a man, Finchley, who solves problems and one of those is providing a safe haven and defender for Helena while also providing a woman to love for his friend Justin. It also lays the groundwork for more books that will no doubt tell the stories of orphans like Justin…at least three were mentioned in this book: Justin Thornhill, Neville, Tom Finchley and Alex Archer. I believe Finchley and Jenny will have their story told next but I look forward to reading all of their stories when the books come out. Mimi Matthews is a new author to me. I loved her writing and though only a few kisses were shared by Justin and Helena there was no doubt in my mind that once the two finally opened up and shared what was bubbling beneath the surface their relationship would become all that they both were hopeful for in a marriage and no doubt much more. Did I like this book? Yes Do I want to read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Perfectly Proper Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Anonymous 14 days ago
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yankeetexan 11 months ago
This is my first Mimi Matthews story...it will not be my last. What a fabulous story. I could not put it down. Justin is wonderful, I am in love with him! Helena is the bravest young woman...who has been through hell. She needs Justin for protection...Justin finds so much more with her. There is intrigue, danger, fighting, romance and finally the freedom and love. What a great story...character development was extraordinary! Enjoy!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
From strangers to acquaintance to friends to lovers to forever . . . I just felt transported. I was part of this read with each turn of the (or tap of the eReader) page. There was so much more than a romance. There was depth and history. There were lives behind and beyond the ones that were written out for you. You could see things beyond the scope of the page. The words brought to life the lives of those in and around Devon. Justin and Helena were more than just strangers contemplating an arrangement. They were more than the advertisement set and answered. A new destination of a new series that will give you more than just romance. There was the location, the people, the history, their story. Justin was a man with much in his past and even more to look to for his future. Revenge comes to play in this romance. Secrets. Compassion. Understanding. Both Justin and Helena learn that what was once a convenience turns in to much more. The first installment in the Parish Orphans of Devon turns in to a emotional journey to the past of two people that meet from an advertisement during a time when it was common place. The depth of feelings, the reach of understanding, the growth of their relationship shows that there can be a story without the gore of violence or the explicit of sex. You find a full body read that will give you something you may have never expected you were missing. For my first read from author Mimi Matthews, I was superiorily pleased and excited to find the next read to add to my collection.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
Every so often I crave a really good romance. I am picky about the romance novels I read. They need to have substance, a great setting (preferably historical), and believable and flawed characters. The Matrimonial Advertisement had all this and more! I was immediately drawn into the story and basically devoured this book. The interaction and dialogue between Helena and Justin was intelligent and set the tone for their relationship. I love a romance where there is both physical and emotional tension between the main characters without resorting to explicit and immediate love scenes. Instead, the author built this romantic liaison between two complex characters with dark and heavy secrets. Furthermore, the topics of their past were not only intriguing but very different from the common damsel in distress and dashing rich hero. Without disclosing what they are as this will give away some of the plot, these are topics that interest me and learning about them from a historical point of view truly fascinated me. So I felt this book was much more than just a romance. It had a good plot, well-developed main characters and also good secondary characters. I was thrilled to learn that this is the first book in the Parish Orphans of Devon series. And for those of you who love clean well-written historical romance, this is it. The book cover too was well done, different from most romance novels out there. The Matrimonial Advertisement was a satisfying read and I will be looking out for more books by Mimi Matthews! I am now a fan and will count this book among my favorites this year.
MLH438 More than 1 year ago
After reading Mimi Matthews first two books (The Lost Letter/The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter), I am definitely a fan. I read a sample chapter of this book and was prepared to enjoy more of the writing style, character development, romance and emotion that I have come to appreciate from Matthews. The Matrimonial Advertisement is a departure from the sweet romance of her other books. Its Beauty and the Beast shell is cracked open to reveal a dark, Victorian period where private asylums were prevalent and abuses were common. Helen Reynolds answers Justin Thornhill's matrimonial advertisement out of desperation, as her uncle wants to have her committed to gain control of her fortune. Helen and Justin's relationship develops against this backdrop and, while they grow to care for and love each other, the dark subject matter does overshadow them. Unresolved questions remain at the end but, as the book is subtitled Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 1, Matthews has deftly set the stage for future installments. Tom Finchley, Justin's lawyer and one of his orphan "family," figures prominently in the book and seems to be set for his own story. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, The Matrimonial Advertisement is an emotional, moving and touching romance. It brings two wounded people together that really were meant for each other and were strong together. The premise of this new series surrounds some men that were orphaned and had so many challenges in their lives. What a great first book that held me captive from the first page in this unique storyline. Lady Helena Reynolds is running for her life and when she sees an advertisement for a wife in the paper, she hurries to Devon to get away from London as fast as she can. She needs protection and to be safe and prays the man she is going to will provide that in spades. Justin Thornhill, ex military captain with a hard background, only wants a wife to help him gain the trust of the villagers and bring some much needed structure to his home. He thinks that the woman who answered the ad is an older widow, but what he gets is young lovely Helena. Both have secrets and eventually as they begin to spend time together, they find the arrangement is more than they expected. Of course Justin is wary thinking no woman could really love him but he supports and guards Helena with his life. I wish I could convey how this story gripped my heart with the wonderful writing of this author. This is the first book I have read by her, but now I cannot wait to read more. Some of the secondary characters will soon have their own story and I know I will be reading them as soon as they are released. Lori Dykes
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