A Convenient Fiction

A Convenient FictionShe 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 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 I loved every minute of this book Mimi Matthews is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite romance authors Characters that don t hide behind vulnerability but communicate Delicious, swoon worthy dialogue Heroes who are strong, protective, and simply put, just make you fall in love with them I d looked forward to reading this installment after reading the first two books and I have to say, this one might be my favorite The chemistry between the characters was undeniable and even though I loved every minute of this book Mimi Matthews is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite romance authors Characters that don t hide behind vulnerability but communicate Delicious, swoon worthy dialogue Heroes who are strong, protective, and simply put, just make you fall in love with them I d looked forward to reading this installment after reading the first two books and I have to say, this one might be my favorite The chemistry between the characters was undeniable and even though the hero tried to convince everyone he was bad, the heroine could see his golden heart under his chameleon like actions I want this series in paperback because I have the feeling I ll want to reread again and again Update Listening to the audiobook this time was a delight I just love this cast of characters.Every book Mimi Matthews writes has a Midas like touch of Victorian perfection Exquisite historical detail, endearing and layered characters, the perfect touches of humor, and swoon worthy romances sometimes began in surprising ways all combine in her novels for an immersive and simply DELIGHTFUL reading experience.A Convenient Fiction is at once a whimsical and sensible romance, pairing two comp Update Listening to the audiobook this time was a delight I just love this cast of characters.Every book Mimi Matthews writes has a Midas like touch of Victorian perfection Exquisite historical detail, endearing and layered characters, the perfect touches of humor, and swoon worthy romances sometimes began in surprising ways all combine in her novels for an immersive and simply DELIGHTFUL reading experience.A Convenient Fiction is at once a whimsical and sensible romance, pairing two complementary personalities whose strengths benefit one another Mimi s attention to historical accuracy is a presence in this novel, even shining light on lesser known details of history, such as perfume making, sea bathing practices, and the laws governing inheritance.The romance is the heart of this story, but the personal growth of Laura and Alex happens right alongside their deepening relationship I love how Laura sees through Alex s carefully constructed facade from the very beginning, perceiving and calling out the hero underneath And for Laura, she learns to balance strength, independence, and her duty to her family, realizing that it s beneficial to rely on someone else for a change.My favorite aspect of the romance between Alex and Laura is that their relationship doesn t go through a typical halt in the latter half of the story There is no will they won t they type of plot dealing with some kind of disagreement or sacrificial reason Instead, theirs is a story of steadfast choice, of honor and commitment The crux of it is all about reconciliation with the past, mainly with Alex and with his friends.I highly recommend reader be familiar with the previous two novels in this series to appreciate Alex s character arc in a deeper manner, and to know the dynamic with other characters mentioned from previous books Mimi s atmospheric style reveals past events from Alex s point of view, adding context and layering for readers familiar with his backstory Fans of this series will be delighted with a glimpse of beloved characters, and the hint offun to come with book 4 Neville s story YAY Thank you to HFVBT and NetGalley for the review copy This is my honest review After the death of her father, Laura has served as head of the family and kept them afloat through careful planning and sheer determination Now that her brother is about to turn 21, and legally able to take charge of the family s former business things should be taking a turn for the better But when legal troubles prevent this from this from going through, Laura must look for an alternative if she hopes to keep her family from destitution The altenative available to her Marriage.Alex Archer After the death of her father, Laura has served as head of the family and kept them afloat through careful planning and sheer determination Now that her brother is about to turn 21, and legally able to take charge of the family s former business things should be taking a turn for the better But when legal troubles prevent this from this from going through, Laura must look for an alternative if she hopes to keep her family from destitution The altenative available to her Marriage.Alex Archer has come to Surrey to catch himself a country heiress and he has his eyes set on Henrietta He wasn t counting on the presence of Laura though, there to act as Henrietta s chaperone, nor was he counting on his attraction to her He ll need to push her and her troubles far from his mind if he hopes to move forward with his plan to woo Henrietta But try as he might he finds himself drawn to her again and again Will he give up on his mercenary plan and stop fighting the attraction Will he let Laura into his heart and stop playing the villain ________________________________First just let me say that the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous and I am in love with it.This is the third book in Mimi Matthews Parish Orphans of Devon series Although it is not entirely necessary for you to have read the other books in this series before reading this one, I would recommend it Any information necessary to a full undertanding of the background of events are detailed by the author as you read But to get the full impact of the relationship of these four childhood friends and why the seperation weighs so heavily you should read the previous two books as I think it makes the reading of this book all thepowerful.I adored Alex, he s so damaged and flawed and not nearly the villain that he imagines himself to be Getting to read about his vulnerabilities, with regards to both his past and future really endeared his character to me.Laura had such a quiet strength that I really respected in her, but it was also her weakness I enjoyed following her character as she learns to face the toubles of life with the help of those around her instead of always carrying the weight of everything on her own shoulders With her independent, take action nature I m sure her and Jenny will be great friends in no time Laura just has such a mix of strength and vulnerability, which is why I think her and Alex are so sweet togther, they have such a great balance together Plus I ADORE a couple in a historical romance that aren t constantly hiding, that actually communicate their feelings with one another Yes, please That way we re not trapped in a revolving door of misunderstandings.I enjoyed this book so much and had a hard time putting it down I m looking forward to the next book in the series, because I want to learnabout Neville But I am a little sad that it ll be the last in the series because I ve enjoyed it so much.I recommend this book and the series If you ve read any Mimi Matthews books before, then you already know this one will be great If you aren t familiar with her books though, I recommend them to anyone who loves a good historical romance.This is a clean romance, intimacy is eluded to but does not go into detail._____I would like to thank NetGalley and Perfectly Proper Press for sharing an eARC of A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews with me for reviewing purposes This is my honest review 5 STARSNo mistakes are irreversibleLoved it Just as I have loved every book in this series so far It seems I just can t get enough of Mimi Matthews And I have to say I am quite intrigued by the next book I m wondering just how she s going to pull it off These four orphan boys are proving to be such dashing young men It appears that nothing feeds the soul quite like hard times and hopeless beginnings Children though have a way of seeing through their bad fortune and finding 5 STARSNo mistakes are irreversibleLoved it Just as I have loved every book in this series so far It seems I just can t get enough of Mimi Matthews And I have to say I am quite intrigued by the next book I m wondering just how she s going to pull it off These four orphan boys are proving to be such dashing young men It appears that nothing feeds the soul quite like hard times and hopeless beginnings Children though have a way of seeing through their bad fortune and finding ways to dream for the future, no matter how bleak they seem at first They have an uncanny way of banding together, forming bonds that prove to be even stronger than blood Such is the case with these men A sumptuous and instantly readable addition to what has become one of my favourite series as two people highly wary of attachment and love find in each other the match they need Brimming with intelligence and pitch perfect dialogue, Alex Archer s troubled past intersects his promising present with the alluring and independent Laura Matthews fills her characters and setting with painstaking historical detail, personality and warmth Characters familiar to readers of previous instalments play ge A sumptuous and instantly readable addition to what has become one of my favourite series as two people highly wary of attachment and love find in each other the match they need Brimming with intelligence and pitch perfect dialogue, Alex Archer s troubled past intersects his promising present with the alluring and independent Laura Matthews fills her characters and setting with painstaking historical detail, personality and warmth Characters familiar to readers of previous instalments play gentle but significant roles here I cannot wait to return to Devon again Nor to Matthews inimitable magic she owns this period 4.5 I loved this third installment in the series and I couldn t wait to see what Alex was like Yummy, he was yummy These two MC were so sweet together So romantic and fun I absolutely loved their time in France I don t know what I ll do if M Matthews ever stops writing I love her stories so much Happy Reading Puedes encontrar esta rese a en espa ol al final.I have no idea how to start this review Everything I write sounds boring, pretentious or convoluted The opposite of this story I don t know where to start, really In little less than a year this author has become one of my favorites Her prose is attractive, her characters complex, the plot interesting and the historical background impressively realistic Historical accuracy is one of her strengths.This time it was the turn of Alex, the thir Puedes encontrar esta rese a en espa ol al final.I have no idea how to start this review Everything I write sounds boring, pretentious or convoluted The opposite of this story I don t know where to start, really In little less than a year this author has become one of my favorites Her prose is attractive, her characters complex, the plot interesting and the historical background impressively realistic Historical accuracy is one of her strengths.This time it was the turn of Alex, the third of the Parish Orphans of Devon, whom if I must to be honest, was the one that I liked the least During the first two books of the series, the author gave us clues on the rest of the characters and this one did not come out well And yet, it has become along with Justin, from The Matrimonial Advertisement , one of my favorites I blame it on Ms Matthews, of course, who knows how to write a scoundrel and how to redeem him.To say that this story has layers is to fall short Here nothing is easy or simple and navigating all the rules of the time is suffocating, although the author does it with mastery Add to this characters with personality and charisma, with a past and most importantly with flaws and the final result is a beautiful story about what do you think you want and what do you really need The author takes her characters to the limit And it is worth it, anything else would not have been sincere.This story is full of intense moments, both in romance and in the relationship between the four protagonists the orphans who have touched me in a special way.It has been beautiful and intense Another jewel from this authore ARC kindly provided by Perfectly Proper Press via Netgalley No tengo ni idea de c mo empezar esta rese a Todo lo que escribo suena aburrido, pretencioso o enrevesado Lo opuesto a esta historia No s por d nde empezar, la verdad En poco menos de un a o esta autora se ha convertido en una de mis favoritas Su prosa es atractiva, sus personajes complejos, la trama interesante y el trasfondo hist rico impresionantemente realista La precisi n hist rica es uno de sus fuertes.En esta ocasi n le ha tocado el turno al tercero de los cuatro hu rfanos de Devon, Alex, que si tengo que ser sincera, era el que menos me llamaba la atenci n Durante los dos primeros libros de la serie, la autora iba dejando caer pistas sobre el resto de los personajes y ste no sali bien parado Y sin embargo, se ha convertido junto con Justin, de The Matrimonial Advertisement , en uno de mis favoritos Y la culpa es de Ms Matthews, evidentemente, que sabe c mo escribir un canalla y c mo redimirlo Decir que la historia tiene capas es quedarse corto Aqu nada es f cil ni sencillo y navegar por todas las normas de la poca es sofocante, aunque la autora lo hace con maestr a A ade a esto personajes con carisma y car cter, con pasado y lo m s importante con fallos y el resultado final es una historia preciosa sobre qu es lo que piensas que quieres y qu es lo que realmente necesitas La autora los lleva al l mite Y merece la pena, otra cosa no hubiese resultado sincera.Esta historia est llena de momentos intensos, tanto en el romance como en la relaci n de los 4 protagonistas los hu rfanos que me han tocado de una manera especial.Ha sido precioso e intenso Una maravilla Otra joya de esta autora Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for reviewing Mimi has done it again I think this is my favorite of the orphan series so far, and it has everything Daring rescues, references to Victorian beauty routines, extensive seaside information and even swimming In the Victorian era It was so good Laura, our lady protagonist, is stubborn, resilient, crafty with money, and stressed out of her mind trying to keep a roof over the family s head In other words, relatable as heck, and exerting Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for reviewing Mimi has done it again I think this is my favorite of the orphan series so far, and it has everything Daring rescues, references to Victorian beauty routines, extensive seaside information and even swimming In the Victorian era It was so good Laura, our lady protagonist, is stubborn, resilient, crafty with money, and stressed out of her mind trying to keep a roof over the family s head In other words, relatable as heck, and exerting an admirable amount of agency for her gender and the time She s a fairly skilled swimmer, a refreshing ability for this sort of genre and era she travels to London alone to conduct business she knows how to balance a budget and stretch a penny I loved her as a main character.Alex is perhaps the most swoonworthy of the three orphans tall, dark, handsome and broad shouldered, he leaped off the page for me His bad boy air, which actually hides a strong moral code and heart of gold, draws the reader in with curiosity, and they stay for the aww moments Despite his purported villainous nature and would be domineering presence, Laura is never cowed into lame moments of relinquishing her agency, rendering him a solid male lead As always, Mimi has done excellent research on the times I was quite impressed with the knowledge visible on the page, even as she skillfully avoids information dumps that would otherwise slow the plot There s interesting social dynamics at play as well, namely for me the dichotomy shown between temperate, budget conscious and mature Laura, and Henrietta, her rich, often jealous and childish friend The two common sides of the Victorian woman coin, I imagine, and I love that they came together as friends throughout The main plot was not just the romance, which was nice, grounded as it was in Laura s determination to see her family out of poverty I loved this book, a solid five stars This is 3 in Matthews Parish Orphans of Devon series The previous two, THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT and A MODEST INDEPENDENCE, featured Justin Thornhill and Tom Finchley, respectively, and this third one has as its MC Alex Archer These three men, plus Neville Cross, whose story is still to come, shared a childhood friendship as orphans at Abbot s Holcombe in North Devon All but Alex have stayed in touch, but Alex disappeared years ago never to be seen or heard from again He s the mystery This is 3 in Matthews Parish Orphans of Devon series The previous two, THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT and A MODEST INDEPENDENCE, featured Justin Thornhill and Tom Finchley, respectively, and this third one has as its MC Alex Archer These three men, plus Neville Cross, whose story is still to come, shared a childhood friendship as orphans at Abbot s Holcombe in North Devon All but Alex have stayed in touch, but Alex disappeared years ago never to be seen or heard from again He s the mystery orphan and now we get to find out what s been going on in his life.The story begins in 1860 in Surrey, in a small village called Lower Hawley Alex is there visiting George Wright, whom he met at a French gaming club and who now owes Alex 10,000 pounds It must be said here that Alex is a gambler and adventurer and not necessarily heroic Living off his wits, he has managed to do well enough for himself, with a luxurious suite of rented rooms in Paris and enough money to live comfortably, even to afford first class transportation when on the move But it s not enough Alex wants property Perhaps with land of his own he will no longer feel that unsettling emptiness inside himself.So when George tells him about Henrietta Talbot, young and beautiful only child of rich Squire Talbot, owner of impressive Edgington Park in Surrey, Alex sees his chance to marry well and into property and blackmails George into an introduction to her But things get complicated by the introduction of Laura Hayes into the mix of George, Henrietta, and Alex George, Henrietta and Laura were childhood friends and Henrietta wants her around as chaperone now.Laura, unfortunately, has come down in the world Until four years ago, her father was the successful owner of a factory in London and a distillery in France which produced Hayes s Lavender Soap, Lavender Scented Powder, and Lavender Water Poor management on the father s part and then the scarlet fever which took his life have left Laura, her invalid brother Teddy complications from scarlet fever which he managed to survive and their Aunt Charlotte in straitened circumstances Add to that a shady, unscrupulous lawyer who has been in control of the business and properties and the Hayes have definitely seen better days.Well, I suppose you can figure out what s going to happen The plot is predictable, but this is a pleasant read with Matthews usual charming style and a slow burn closed door romance to enjoy Matthews is also one of the few recent HR authors who actually does research on the period she s writing about, so if anachronisms annoy you, there aren t so many in a Matthews novel.I am actually torn in my rating for this book It s perhaps better than a 3 but isn t as good as other 4 star books I ve read I do like itthan A MODEST INDEPENDENCE but much less than THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT The romance here between Alex and Laura started out very well but by the halfway point their relationship was starting to feel tepid and lacking intensity No, I m not saying I wanted the bedroom doors open Not at all Justfeels to the romantic interaction.It was satisfying, however, to read the reunion of all the Parish Orphan boys, now men, and their respective loves Except for Neville, of course, who has yet to meet his True Love in his upcoming book And, of course, to see the redemption of Alex, his internal emptiness now filled not with property, but with love If I had to plan a perfect evening, it would be settling into bed with comfy pajamas, a super soft blanket, a glass of wine and a Mimi Matthews book And for the past few nights I ve been living the dream In A Convenient Fiction, we meet Laura Hayes who is living with her disabled brother and Aunt after her father s passing Her mother died when she was young so it s up to Laura to take care of them all But when their family money is threatened to be taken away she must find a way to stop that If I had to plan a perfect evening, it would be settling into bed with comfy pajamas, a super soft blanket, a glass of wine and a Mimi Matthews book And for the past few nights I ve been living the dream In A Convenient Fiction, we meet Laura Hayes who is living with her disabled brother and Aunt after her father s passing Her mother died when she was young so it s up to Laura to take care of them all But when their family money is threatened to be taken away she must find a way to stop that from happening Enter Alex Archer Oh my gosh, their first meeting was adorable I was giggling for the entire scene Alex is staying in their town of Lower Hawley with Laura s neighbor George, who she was once sweet on But Alex is not there for friendship George owes him money from a gambling debt and Alex, a talented card shark, is there to collect He s looking for a rich wife and has his sights on the local heiress, Henrietta I absolutely loved watching the progress of Laura and Alex s relationship I wasn t very keen on Alex at the beginning, probably because I instantly adored Laura and was put off when he threatened her to stay out of his way But he grew on me The best word to describe Mimi s books is delightful I m a bit cold hearted when it comes to romancey love stuff but I just adore her books I love the dialogue and repartee between the two main characters and there s always a hint of humor that I appreciate Her novels are sweet, sweet perfection I can t wait for the next one