England, 1861. A world-weary rake and a prim vicar's daughter are thrown together during a holiday house party. Will they discover there's more to each other than meets the eye? Or will revelations from the past end their fragile romance before it begins?
A WORLD-WEARY RAKE
After years of unbridled debauchery, Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton has hit proverbial rock bottom. Seeking to escape his melancholy, he takes refuge at one of Victorian society’s most notorious house parties. As the Christmas season approaches, he prepares to settle in for a month of heavy drinking…until an unexpected encounter changes his plans—and threatens his heart.
A PRIM VICAR'S DAUGHTER
Valentine March is not the drab little spinster she appears to be. When her new job as a lady’s companion lands her smack in the middle of Yorkshire with England’s most infamous rake, she resolves to keep her head down and her eyes fixed firmly on her future—a future which most definitely does not include a sinfully handsome viscount.
A MATCH MADE IN SCANDAL
A friendship is impossible. An affair out of the question. But when one reckless act binds them together, will two star-crossed souls discover there’s more to each other than meets the eye? Or will revelations from the past end their fragile romance before it begins?
|Publisher:||Perfectly Proper Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)|
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A deeply romantic and compulsively readable love story about a notorious rake who falls in love with a sensible vicar's daughter. A clean and historically accurate read. I couldn't put it down.
1861 and rake Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton arrives at the home of Lord and Lady Fairford for one of their notorious house parties. Valentine March, daughter of a vicar, is there as a lady's companion and at a folly on the estate they meet. A very entertaining Victorian romance, well-written, with some lovely drawn characters. This is the second book by this author I have read and have thoroughly enjoyed reading both.
In The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter by Mimi Matthews, you meet two people who couldn’t be more different. First, Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton, a man who with a somewhat sordid past and not much better present. He is unhappy with his life and doesn’t know what to do with himself to fix it. None of this, however, changes the fact that he is one of the countries most sought after and eligible bachelors. Matchmaking mamas throughout “The Ton” have been trying to snare him for there daughters for years. He is even being pursued at a house party put on my one of the most notorious couples in society. Who would bring a gently bred young woman to such a place? Next, we meet Valentine March, companion to Lady Brightwell, who is the one who feels a notorious party is just the place to bring her beloved daughter if it means that she will be able to attract the attention of the Viscount. Valentine is discovered by Tristan while she is crying in the woods because the vile, petulant daughter of her employer has ruined her sketches. These were the only things she had left of the mother who died giving birth to her. It was immediately apparent that an attraction was between the two but given their stations, neither an affair nor a marriage seemed a possibility. Valentine also has a secret, soon revealed, which she knows makes her even more ineligible to be a Viscountess. Throughout the book, I thoroughly enjoyed how the author wove the story keeping the tension between the characters. As they go their separate ways, supposedly for a short period while he works to refurbish his estate, the author still kept them very much in each other’s minds. Really Well Written I particularly liked how the author was able to keep the story going without having to resort to lame reasons for not just speaking the truth, as is found in so many romance stories. Mimi Matthews will definitely be an author I look out for in the future. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
Marriage of convenience stories are my absolute favorite romances to read. I just adore the chaotic mess that those love stories spring up from. While this isn't quite a marriage of convenience story, more like a proposal of convenience, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I read Christian fiction, I read general market romances and love many aspects of both romance subgenres. The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter is fairly clean (no on page sex, some mild language) that is somewhere in between the aforementioned genres of romance. I think this will appeal to a wide audience. That said, I don't really like love at first sight stories. They just tend to be completely unbelievable. That might sound strange coming from someone who devours MoC stories, but I can't help it. I believe this book could be an easy 4.5 star read if it weren't for Valentine declaring to herself that she was in love without having spent all that much time with a rogue with a bad reputation. Maybe if as a reader I was given a bit more of his backstory and they didn't spend such a huge amount of time apart with no communication, it would be a little more feasible. The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter is still a good book that I'm happy to have read! I appreciate being able to take a break from my Christian romance, which can sometimes seem preachy or the mass market books that can be too smutty, with a book that was right down the middle. I am definitely reading Mimi Matthews' next book, The Advertisement. It's a Beauty and the Beast story! *Dreamy sigh* ~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~ *I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*