Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Review: "The Winter Companion" by Mimi Matthews

Sometimes, you get a taste of an author's writing and fall completely in love. It's happened to me a few times ... most recently with Mimi Matthews!

A winter reunion for the orphans brings romance for Neville Cross in Book 4 of Mimi Matthews' USA Today bestselling Parish Orphans of Devon series.

She Needed to be Seen...

As a lady’s companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that’s precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past, and an unconventional plan for her future, it’s far safer to remain invisible. But when her new employer is invited to a month-long holiday at a remote coastal abbey, Clara discovers that she may not be as invisible as she'd hoped. At least, not as far as one gentleman is concerned.

He Wanted to be Heard...

Neville Cross has always been more comfortable with animals than people. An accident in his youth has left him with a brain injury that affects his speech. Forming the words to speak to his childhood friends is difficult enough. Finding the right things to say to a lovely young lady’s companion seems downright impossible. But Miss Hartwright is no ordinary companion. In fact, there may not be anything ordinary about her at all.

During a bleak Devon winter, two sensitive souls forge an unexpected friendship. But when Clara needs him most, will Neville find the courage to face his fears? Or is saying goodbye to her the most heroic thing he can do? 

When I first met Neville Cross in The Matrimonial Advertisement, I knew that, whenever his story came along, it would be wonderful. I was not mistaken. I think The Winter Companion is Mimi Matthews' best novel to date!

Neville is such a wonderful leading man—kind, considerate, and a good friend. Clara is also intrinsically likable. The two together are magic. I especially loved how they each pushed the other to better—to face their fears and reach for their dreams. And, I can now say that I have cried during one of Matthew's novels: the proposal scene at the end of this book is one of the best that I can remember reading, and it turned me into a puddle 😭.

I'm sad that I've now read all of the novels that Matthews has written because now I have to wait for her to write more! She has swiftly become one of my favorite writers, and I cannot wait to see what she writes next. 5 stars.

Buy the book (affiliate link).
Read my reviews of The Matrimonial Advertisement (4-1/2 stars) and A Convenient Fiction (5 stars).

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper 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 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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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