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    Amazing

    By chance I found this amazing author and began reading this series with the Matrimonial Advertisement. I also listened to it on audible and I am still thinking about if even now. Mimi Matthews has a true gift with her words that is perfect and speaks to me as a reader. Her characters have such deep emotions and she is able to pull me into the story in a way I feel I am watching a movie unfold ( yes The Parish Orphans of Devon need to be made into a series). My very favorite heroes and heroines are those that are wounded, either in body or mind or in both because seeing them find redemption and happiness is pure joy and Ms Matthews is a master at this plot. She shines again with the story of Alex, one of the Parish Orphans who I truly wondered about in the first story. Alex has been away and now has returned to find a wife. A rich wife to be exact, but as fate would have it, on his way to his friend's home, he meets Laura Hayes. Well he really thought he was rescuing her from drowning, but she really wasn't! Laura is barely making ends meet and she needs a husband to rescue her and her invalid brother. But life is never that easy. Set in the Victorian era, the author has brought the times alive with her historical knowledge and I learned many new facets of that time. The way she brought these two together, slowly let the them get to know each other. I have truly loved every story in this series. They have touched my heart and are not soon forgotten. What I enjoy even more is after reading them is listening to the audible version. Amazing, truly amazing.
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    Book 3, Fast paced and moving

    Mimi Matthews is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. This is the 3rd book in the series Parish Orphans of Devon. I loved the 1st book in this series, was iffy on the 2nd book. But this story of Alex Archer, one of the 4 orphans who lived together in the orphanage, was my favorite. I started it and couldn't put it down. Alex is coming to Surrey to be introduced to a young lady who he is hoping to court, hoping to marry. She is an Heiress with a good amount of property. He's a gambler and a fortune hunter. Who he runs into 1st is Laura. He sees her floating in a pond and thinks she is drowning. He jumps in to rescue her only to find out she needs no rescuing. They argue back and forth as to what he's doing there and whether or not he rescued her. This opening chapter sets the tone for the relationship in the book. They challenge one another, they need one another and they rescue each other. Miss Matthews made me laugh and made me cry in this story. She kept it fast paced and moving. I give this book 5 stars. If you haven't read the first 2 books, I reccomend you do. It would make the story more complete. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this book
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    Historical Romance

    A Convenient Fiction By Mimi Matthews Parrish Orphans of Devon #3 Perfect in every way – I loved this book! I was swept into the story and really cared about Alex, Laura and Laura’s family. At first I thought Alex was a bit of a scoundrel but what a scoundrel he was...and what a warm tender heart he had lurking beneath! This book made me care and feel and wonder and took me back in time. I learned a bit about swimming in 1860 and as my father had and my brother has interest resuscitation this was a part of the book that reminded me of them. What I liked: * Laura – what a strong, intelligent , caring woman she was with the will to take on so much for those she loved * Alex – I admired his strength and ability to survive then thrive coming from the horrible beginning he was born to. * Edward – Laura’s brother was a man I believe might be in need of a story of his own and do hope the author will write it for him. He seems to have depths that will be interesting to plumb * The vicar – a good man with a rascal of a son. * The way the story was told with the interweaving of the men from the stories in previous books * Wondering if Neville will find true love in a book of his own. What I did not like: * A few people that redeemed themselves in the end * The pain and suffering the orphans went through * Weatherwax...despicable creature – won’t say more but know you will feel the same when you read the book. Did I enjoy this book: Definitely Will I read more in this series: As soon as I can! Thank you to NetGalley and Perfectly Proper Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Lovely book!

    Mimi Matthews continues her Parish Orphans of Devon series with Alex Archer- the orphan who disappeared as a child and no one knew if he was alive or dead, or why he left. Now Alex is all grown up, has a well-earned reputation as a gambler, and a plan to marry an heiress and settle down somewhere in England so that he can finally feel like he belongs. His plans fall apart when he meets Laura Hayes, an impoverished perfumer's daughter trying desperately to hold onto what her family has left. Two people used to being in control of themselves begin to lose control with their first meeting- and it may be the best thing that ever happened to them. Laura is a strongly-written heroine: she's strong, independent, and controls the failing resources left to her family. She's learned not to rely on anyone but herself to get things done. Of course, this means she doesn't give her younger brother a chance to learn how to help- or even how serious the situation is- and she's at the mercy of a lawyer who doesn't have her family's best interests at heart even as he controls the finances. Until Alex appears on the scene Laura would never think of sharing her burdens, even as she drowns under them. Alex is more of an enigma, being all things to all people, and creating convenient fictions about his past to cover up what he sees as his past villainy. He believes he can't be trusted when push comes to shove. When the going gets tough he'll start going. A large part of him seems to still be the boy who ran away from Devon: hurting, lonely, and believing there are things that can't be shared, even with those you consider family. He plans to marry an heiress with a good estate and instantly become part of a community but Laura sees what it is he is really looking for: a family. Matthews does a lovely job describing the Surrey country-side, and later the French countryside, and her research into bathing resorts in Victorian times comes through perfectly. Her main characters are well-rounded, flawed and fully human, full of complex emotions, hopes, and dreams. Her secondary characters are a bit more uneven and under-developed and a few strings are left hanging, but overall, the story and the characters work. While readers may enjoy reading the first two books of the series (The Matrimonial Advertisement, A Modest Independence) before this one, Fiction can also stand on its own and you won't be lost starting here. Although you will probably finish this and feel the need to read the rest of the series just to stay in Matthews' world a bit longer. A Convenient Fiction is a lovely book that will whisk readers away to 1860s England and make them glad they visited. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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    sweet

    Alex returns to England with intentions to marry a wealthy heiress, but his plans begin to disrupt when he meets Laura Hayes, a lady who is in risk of penury and so unsuitable for him. They get enchanted with each other but try to restrain their feelings, until a scandal happens and Alex has to make the decision of marrying her or following up with his plans. A delightful and sweet story, i adored the couple and when their happy ending finally happened it was amazing.
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