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Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews (Review and Giveaway!)


If you like sweet clean romances, Fair as a Star is a lovely quick read.

Book Details:

Book Title: Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews
Category: Adult Fiction; 202 pages
Genre: Historical Romance, Christian Fiction
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Release date: July 14, 2020
Content Rating: G


Book Description:

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?


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Mimi Matthews is one of my favorite authors when I'm looking for a clean romance novel. Fair as a Star is a sweet Victorian romance that was a quick and easy read. 

Beryl has been away for a year in Paris, having left her fiancé Henry to go stay with her wealthy aunt. No one in the village knows why she suddenly left for so long but they speculate and gossip, of course. Mark who is a compassionate curate and Henry's brother, has been friends with Beryl since they were younger. Their friendship is important to Beryl and soon she is confiding in Mark.

Compared to her past novels this one was a little more predictable. I liked that it dealt with the topic of depression. I'm quite familiar with this illness, and so I appreciate authors who tackle mental illness, especially in the romance genre. I did think the resolution came quickly and a little too easily though, and I think the stakes could have been higher, the plot a little thicker, the characters a little more developed. It's being marketed as a novella, and I think I would have preferred it as a fuller length novel.

I love the book cover. It perfectly depicts the mood of this book. If you like sweet clean romances, Fair as a Star is a lovely quick read.


Disclosure: Thanks to HFVBT and NetGalley for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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About the Author:



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 FacebookTwitterBookBubPinterestGoogle+, and Goodreads.




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