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From USA Today best-selling 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?

©2020 Mimi Matthews (P)2020 Mimi Matthews

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A beautiful study of depression, love & acceptance

Mimi Matthews really is an incredibly talented writer. Something I love so much about her is her uncanny ability to capture the plight of women in the past, but also the potential for women—even in times gone by—to find fulfillment and happiness in their lives, and to self-actualize. I was reluctant about Fair as a Star because I knew it dealt with depression and didn’t want to be overly bogged down by what people with depression had to endure, and still endure. I also didn’t know how something as intense or fraught with difficulty as “acute melancholia,” an unfitting betrothal, and a strong case of forbidden longing could be resolved in a few hours. Somehow it is not rushed, is beautifully presented as a story of understanding and hope and ties a touching love story into the bargain. Alex Wyndham is, of course, perfect. I don’t doubt we will get more Matthews/Wyndham collabs as her future books come out—either way this very quick listen is still work the credit. Very possibly, it might eclipse some of her other work it is so gently wonderful. Ps. In the, likely fruitless, hope that Mimi Matthews reads reviews: you are so adept at the Victorian world and writing historical fiction. You are a committed, highly competent researcher and storyteller. But your gift shouldn’t be confined to this period alone! You should try your hand at other points in history like... maybe... perhaps... 17th century Britain might tickle you? Because it is a very turbulent and interesting time religiously, politically, and for especially for women.... and I feel like you could explore womanhood in this period with such aplomb. Just a thought, either way you have my loyalty!

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  • 06-10-20

Enjoyable

I found it to be a little dryer than the Parish Orphans series which I adore. Still enjoyable. I look forward to the next book in the series!

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  • Maggie V
  • 02-10-20

Lovely

Sweet story that fans of Mimi Matthews will enjoy. Excellent narration, as always. I enjoyed the perspective on "melancholy."

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  • 21-09-20

I love this story!

I have read this book and loved it. I have listened to this book and loved it. The story is oh so precious and the narration was spot on. I can't recommend it enough. If you love proper historical romance, then you will love this book too.

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  • 30-08-20

Another good listen.

Mimi and Alex are a good team. I enjoy the stories most when the couples are sweet and kind to one another, like this book and The Work Of Art, also written by this author. I also like that this is a clean romance novel.

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  • Brian K
  • 17-08-20

Lovely story!

A touching story if melancholia and true love. I so appreciated how Matthews handled this topic. And of course—a fabulous love story!