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    Historical Romance

    The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews Every time I pick up one of this author’s books I know I will be in for a treat! From the chaotic beginning flooded with dogs to the excellent happily ever ending I was interested and engaged with the characters and absolutely fell in love with them! AND as I had to find out what would happen...stayed up till nearly 3am to finish this book! Phillida “Philly” Satterthwaite was raised by her grandparents away from town and has simple tastes bred in the country life she has experienced. At twenty-three, after her grandparents die, she is taken in by the family of the man who inherits her grandfather’s title. With a season to look forward and a husband to find she is less than enamored with the choice her uncle has in mind for her. Taking things into her own hands she comes up with a much better solution than the Duke of Moreland...yes...she opts for Captain Arthur Heywood. The fact that nobody in town understand WHY she would choose a second son over a Duke is not of importance to her and it isn’t of much importance to Arthur either. This book has the young heroine in a dire situation with a dashing...well...perhaps not so nimble...hero that steps in to save her. There are some hurdles for them to overcome as they get to know one another and there is also someone out to cause trouble...perhaps more than one someone. I loved the relationship between Philly and Arthur and knew before the end of the story that they were well suited to one another with decades of happiness to enjoy with one another and a loving family. I have a smile on my face as I write this and am eager for whatever book Ms Matthews offers next! Thank you to NetGalley and Perfectly Proper Press for the ARC - This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Mimi Matthews is not to be missed!

    I am a voracious reader of historical romance. I believe Mary Balogh, Grace Burrowes and Lisa Kleypas are the queens of this genre. And now Mimi Matthews has joined that exalted group. Her beautiful novels draw me right in and I can't get anything done until I'm finished reading. This book is particularly engaging and so, so romantic! Phyllida Satterthwaite and her four beloved dogs now live in London with her stern uncle, hateful aunt and irritating cousins after the death of her grandfather. She has different colored eyes, which draw much attention. When her uncle has potential business partners at the home, she meets Captain Arthur Heyward, a former cavalry officer who was grievously injured in the war; he cannot walk without a cane and suffers severe pain. Philly really clicked with the gruff, unsmiling Arthur and they become friends. She didn't look at him with pity, and when she thought he needed help or was in pain, she helped him without being obvious and drawing attention to him. Her uncle wishes her to meet a Duke, who is interested in Philly because he believes she is a work of art with her unusual eyes. She didn't like this Duke at all. However, she finds her uncle has essentially sold her to him and demands she marry him. Frightened of the rumors about the Duke, she leaves her home with Arthur; he decides the only way he can protect her is to give her his name. The relationship between Philly and Arthur was just beautiful! They started as friends, with the intention that their marriage would be in name only. That was not to be; a quiet romance built quickly between them. Philly was a sweet, caring woman with a big heart, evidenced by the care she gave her wayward pets...and Arthur. Arthur still suffered from his pain and injuries, feeling frustrated that he couldn't do the things he used to do. When it appeared that someone was trying to hurt Philly, he would do everything he could to protect her. Though intimacies were behind closed doors, the story was still very sensual and the love palpable. I can't express just how much this book touched me. Ms. Matthews can't write fast enough for me. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
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    Another great story

    I really enjoyed this story. Momi Matthews is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. This story was about 2 wounded people who truly needed one another. Arthur is a recluse who came back from the war damaged both emotionally and physically. Phyllida (Phillly), is an orphan. She has been taken in by a distant relative, Mr Edgar Townsend. Because of her unusual looks, he decides to sell her off on the marriage mart. Arthur is sent by his father to handle a business transaction with Mr. Townsend. This is where he meets Philly. What I love about this book is that you see the relationship build between Philly and Arthur. You knew when Philly was in trouble where she would turn. This book is romantic with a bit of mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it and fully recommend it.
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    Becoming whole again

    It will be an impossible task to convey the emotions this very book made me feel. I do not know why Mrs Mimi Matthews’ name clicked right for me as I’m sure it is my first reading of her work. Whatever, it was such a marvelous read, I lost myself in Philly and Arthur’s tale and cursed my daily cores as they kept me from reading a big part of the day, with I read it late this night and wake up earlier to finish it as my eyes decided to have a will of their own to shut me down. I found no fault in Mrs Matthews’ protagonists she painted them perfectly, they are not flawless but their imperfections made them more true and alive. Philly and Arthur were not only brushed as kind and full of care characters, they were given a breadth not often seen in paper heroes. They were multidimensional persons and even if one or two times I disagreed with their courses of actions, I understood them too. Arthur is a wounded man, soldier’s life left him badly hurt, but his scars are not only physical, they haunt him. He is not an expansive kind of man, he keeps his feelings close to his heart, never showing them while Philly wears her heart on her sleeve and her sensibility on her face. Despite the short span of time at the beginning, the plot didn’t seem rushed, the events unfolded smoothly and I was drawn to them, their struggles and their decency when facing unsettling situations. Philly despite her innocence and naivety, is not one to hold a grudge even when betrayed, but she also refuses to surrender and let others decide her fate. She is such a thoughtful person, always helping others in need, also never pitying them, she tries in her own way to improve their issues. And by trying to ease Arthur’s impairments, she breached the walls around his heart. Their mutual support and instant connection during their few encounters built the premises of a solid relationship, which once on the right path evolved its fated way. Even if there were some unsaid things and uneases, they are such honest persons, they express their thoughts and feelings, they discuss and let no one plays with their sentiments. It is a complex story with a touch of danger and a love that grows to its right conclusion once the masks have fallen. Mrs Matthews has crafted a wonderful tale of healing and destined love. There is no rating to reward a so awesome read.
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    The Work Of Art

    I loved this book! I was very curious about the title and how it would play out, and once again, Mimi does a thorough job of weaving together intriguing and fascinating plot lines. The creative look of an art collector, dominating the art world and collecting all rare pieces and this said rare piece, looking for safety in a marriage of convenience. Of course it is predictable because it is a Regency marriage of convenience, but oh, how I loved the unfolding of Philly and Arthurian's love story. I was captivated by Arthur's pursuit of Philly and her desire to bring healing and comfort to those around her. Her heartfelt compassion and his brave love for his new wife made for a sweet, engaging love story. A must read for all Mimi Matthews and Regency fans. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All comments, thoughts, and opinions are my own.
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