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Summary

"Matthews has a knack for creating slow-building chemistry and an intriguing plot with a social history twist." -Library Journal  

She wanted sanctuary...  

Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar's Abbey isn't the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill - though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome - is anything but a romantic hero.  

He needed redemption...  

Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household - and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one. Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena's past threatens, will Justin's burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?

©2018 Mimi Matthews (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Awful narration

This story wasn't too bad and was quite enjoyable. However, the narration was awful. Very strange pronunciation and accent and that distracted from listening to the story and characters.

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Love this book.

Loved the very Romantic fell of the story, with the passionate underdone. Can't wait for next book with the explanation of her brothers disappearance.

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3.5 stars - not as good as this author’s other books

Recently listened to The Work of Art and Gentleman Jim by this author and they were both excellent and I rated them 5 stars. This story was a little disappointing by comparison. It was ok, and parts were nice, but not a patch on the other books I mentioned. I’ll still get more in this series though, and I’m glad to see it’s a different narrator in the following books. Justine Eyre’s narration was better in this than other books I’ve heard her narrate, but Alex Wyndham is superb with Mimi Matthews’ other books.

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Predictable story read in an off-putting accent

This story was long winded and predictable but I didn't mind that. I was looking for a story that wasn't challenging and I got that here. The narration was quite poor - lots of words and sentences ending with a questioning uplift. I think the narrator would do well to work out what her accent is at the outset and stick with that rather than making it up as she goes along.

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Ok, but not brilliant, end a bit bland

I am not too fond of books who try to sell me the next one in the Epilogue.
Especially not when I found the book's finale a bit anti climatic.

And I did fall asleep in the middle and did not wind back and still could follow the story, so it was overall a bit slow.

I have listened to two books of this author but will only listen to another one if narrated by Alex Wyndham, he can save a story with is narration, the narrator of this one did nothing to improve the story.

This is a clean book, I do have nothing against clean, after all who has not listened and enjoyed Heyer. But somehow in this book it was not well done. If you keep the bedroom door closed that is fine with me, just do not add nebulous sentences like in the last two months they shared a bedroom.

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quite enjoyable, bit dragging

quite enjoyable, but at times the whining of the characters of how unworthy they are for eachother is a bit dragging. otherwise lovely story, lovely characters. nice light way to spend your time.

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Enjoyable

Well I have just discovered this author and I must say I am loving her stories. First of 'the orphans' series, all the books are wonderful and have happy endings. I would recommend this or any of the other titles in this series if you like a good yarn with a lovely ending.

I had to drop one star on the performance from Justine Eyre because of the strange pronunciations.But I enjoyed the story anyway.

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most enjoyable....

it was a charming story and beautifully presented ...

I shall now look out for another Mimi Mattewes book ...

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Brilliant

Loved this book so much. Very well written and very well narrated. Loved the plot and loved the romance. Will start the next one in the series straight away. Would recommend to anyone who loves Georgette Heyer.

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Good audio

I enjoyed Justine Eyre's rendition of this book very much. I had to remind myself at times that this was one person speaking throughout, which is evidence of my being engaged with the reader.

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  • 14-12-18

Excellent story!

I love this author! She doesn't rely on gratuitous sex scenes to engage an audience. She uses her story!

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  • Diane CB2
  • 01-02-19

Excellent Storyline. Excellent Narration. Excellent Price!

From the very beginning my interest was caught and held. This story addresses more than one social issue of that time period: circumvention of the law by some who can afford to pay for that circumvention in order to increase their wealth; cruel treatment of persons confined to mental institutions; treatment of women as chattel; and the ease with which even sane individuals could be confined to mental institutions on the instigation of the wealthy and powerful. The author managed to reveal so many social issues while still presenting a romantic story with strong male and female characters who had to work through the effects of life experiences that contributed to the shaping of their individual characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this Audible recording. I give it a 5-star rating and a strong recommendation. I look forward to a possible series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-19

Loved it!

What a wonderful love story. It had me laughing, angry, full of nerves and emotional, and happy. A wonderfully written and narrated story...and CLEAN. I will definitely look into listening to more from this author and narrator.

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  • Lizmoo
  • 29-01-19

English bride

I enjoy a mindless hopeful romance and this fits the bill. Not over the top sexual which is a nice change who needs all that throbbing in every paragraph anyway. Voice affliction during the story was great! Overall a nice cozy read

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  • lisa
  • 26-12-18

engaging read

Beautiful story with very solid writing. Justine Eyre does a wonderful job narrating both male and female voices, and her voice lends just the right amount of angst to the story,

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  • Jessica S.
  • 24-04-19

Adored!

I love the classics and felt throughout this book that I was caught up in the wonderful world of a Bronte sister or Jane Austen! Mimi’s style is beautiful, poignant, romantic, humorous, and I loved that there was actually so much that was true to the time period as opposed to so many historical romances that take such liberties with customs and the proprieties of the time.
The narrator did a superb job and I actually quite liked her intonations for the hero of the story, very appealing and full of emotion. NOT a sexually explicit novel, which was great as that would have sullied the story and felt inauthentic, instead the romance was slow and sweet with just enough heat passion between the hero and heroine and enough twist and excitement in the plot to keep me engaged. One of the best fiction books I’ve heard or read in a long while!

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  • Jen
  • 18-11-18

Can't wait for the next book!

Just keep writing, Mimi! Love all of your stories. And the narrator, Justin Eyre, is exceptional! She has a voice like velvet whisky and her cadence and timing are flawless.

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  • PennyLou
  • 28-05-19

Really great book

While this was a great story with well-developed characters, Justine Eye made for a great listening experience.

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  • Linda
  • 26-05-19

The Matrimonial Advertisement

Everything about this book was good. It keeps you guessing until the end. .Enough twists and turns to keep you reading.

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  • Meeshka
  • 14-05-19

Very enjoyable

An entertaining read. Love the story line, well developed characters, and the historical properties of this book. Looking back at what was caused me to appreciate what is.

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