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The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

A Victorian Romance
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

A world-weary rake

After years of unbridled debauchery, Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton has hit proverbial rock bottom. Seeking to escape his melancholy, he takes refuge at one of Victorian society's most notorious house parties. As the Christmas season approaches, he prepares to settle in for a month of heavy drinking...until an unexpected encounter changes his plans - and threatens his heart.

A prim vicar's daughter

Valentine March is not the drab little spinster she appears to be. When her new job as a lady's companion lands her smack in the middle of Yorkshire with England's most infamous rake, she resolves to keep her head down and her eyes fixed firmly on her future - a future which most definitely does not include a sinfully handsome viscount.

A match made in scandal

A friendship is impossible. An affair out of the question. But when one reckless act binds them together, will two star-crossed souls discover there's more to each other than meets the eye? Or will revelations from the past end their fragile romance before it begins?

©2018 Mimi Matthews (P)2018 Tantor

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  • PennyLou
  • 28-05-19

Short, Sweet and Thoroughly Enjoyable

For some this might have been a little mawkish, but I found it swetly delightful. The characters are believable and likeable. Mimi Matthews is a new writer for me, but she's very talented in telling a good story. Justine Eyre, also talented, did a really great job in her narration. I would recomment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-19

Loved it.

Not as predictable as other British Romance novels. Easy and fun to listen to while I work.

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  • Karina08
  • 16-12-18

Disappointed

I love this author but found this short novel rather boring. Not much of a plot and I had trouble getting to know the characters.

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  • Revati
  • 07-03-20

Unsure

I love Mimi Matthews but this insta love was too much for me. It was a quick listen, so I didn’t expect anything too complex, but there was no drama leading to a fall in love, it was just THERE. Even for the time period and arranged marriage etc, it just wasn’t realistic and left me wishing for more of the characters, more of their story, definitely to see more of them falling/being in love.

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  • ISB
  • 27-05-20

Sweet

Again the author pens a clear story line that doesn’t devolve into ridiculous twists and turns. A very good listen!

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  • susan
  • 25-05-20

That Voice....uugggggg

When doing characters, the narrator is flawless. I could barely stand to listen to her narrate the other parts-ssoooooo nasally and whiney. Sweet story, would have been better with Nicholas Boulton.

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  • Kimberly
  • 22-05-20

Pleasantly average novella

Setting: England 1861
Genre: Romance

Miss Valentine March, late of Surrey, is the 26 year old companion to Lady Hortensia Brightwell. She came by this position at the recommendation of the wife of the squire in her village who had promised Valentine’s father she would see her taken care of (her mother having died in childbirth). Obviously the squire’s wife didn’t know that Lady Brightwell would be bringing Valentine along to a racy house party such as is held every autumn at the estate of Lord and Lady Fairford. But the Lady has a reason for being there - aside from the obvious. She has brought her spoiled brat of a daughter, Felicity, for the express purpose of capturing a matrimonial prize in the person of Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton.
Tristan Sinclair is the 32 year old rakehell heir to the Earl of Lindon. For the past two years he has been caught in a sort of melancholia. He hasn’t had a mistress, hasn’t been to the gaming hells, hasn’t even visited his club much. He has simply stayed home getting drunk. He hopes that attending the house party at Fairford estate will pull him out of the doldrums. And it is there, while he is taking a walk around the estate prior to greeting his hosts that he meets Valentine, who is in a folly in the woods, crying because Felicity had destroyed some irreplaceable pictures drawn by her (Valentine’s) mother.
The purpose of the meeting between Tristan (who does not reveal his title) and Valentine, aside from her inadvertently warning him of the Brightwells ladies plans, is to give most of her backstory. There is a meeting between Tristan and his father, who ends up inviting himself to the party, much to the hosts’dismay. This meeting serves to reveal Tristan’s backstory, as well as his father’s plans for him. A kiss in the conservatory sets up the rest of the story that leads to the HEA.
The premise of this story is not unique, nor is the lady’s companion becoming the love interest of a member of the nobility a new plot line. However, this example is relatively well-done, though it is low in tension. There was a bit of stupidity on the part of the h/H, but it did not lead to any great emotional catharsis. There was no catharsis at all. The characters are not quite fully formed. They fall short. Valentine is all tragedy, and Tristan is all immaturity. I will admit that he gets some growth in the last 1/4 of the book, but she seems more cipher than character, buffeted about by events rather than having agency of her own.
It isn’t a bad book. It just isn’t one that will keep you up reading all night. Three stars means average and that is exactly what it is. It is pleasantly unchallenging.
The narration by Justine Eyre is fairly good. It usually takes me a good 10-15 minutes to get into her performances, but once there, she keeps me with her.

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  • sue
  • 03-05-20

If you like shallow relationships

The story is just your basic poor girl meets charming rake of a viscount- meets him, promptly makes out with him and they decide they are madly in love. There is no developing of the relationship- although some other aspects of the story do develop. Disappointing because it really had potential to be a good story. Narrator is great though- so that makes things more bearable.

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  • Peggy Freeman
  • 03-05-20

Clean, Mature Audience

I rate this a PG16 book because it is set in a time the English Gentry was full of immorality. The story is a beauty and beast plot. Although there are scenes which mention immoral acts, there are no graphic sexual details. The story is excellent except for it’s lack of transformation. The Rake changes because he falls in love is little weak for me

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  • Laurie S
  • 11-04-20

My least favorite narrator ever

If I had seen this was Justine Eyre, I wouldn’t not have grabbed this book. I can’t handle her shaky, whispery voice. I’m sure she does characters well, but they all shake and whisper and have guttural throat fry. I’ll give Mimi four stars because I usually like her books, but I simply cannot finish this.