The Matrimonial Advertisement

The Matrimonial Advertisement

Book 1: Parish Orphans of Devon

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?

Advance Praise

“For this impressive Victorian romance, Matthews (The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter) crafts a tale that sparkles with chemistry and impresses with strong character development… Matthews combines authentic period touches with building sexual tension in an excellent series launch that will appeal to fans of Loretta Chase and Stephanie Laurens.” -Publishers Weekly

“Matthews’ (The Pug Who Bit Napoleon, 2018, etc.) series opener is a guilty pleasure, brimming with beautiful people, damsels in distress, and an abundance of testosterone…It’s a well-written and engaging story that’s more than just a romance. The author chooses to draw on dark moments in British history to create Justin’s and Helena’s complicated pasts…It’s an unexpected narrative addition that works well, as Matthews seamlessly blends some grim history with light and frothy fiction.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Matthews (The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter) has a knack for creating slow-building chemistry and an intriguing plot with a social history twist. For fans of Victorian romance with a gothic spin.” -Library Journal

“I don’t have enough words to say how unbelievably incredible this book is…I am a huge fan of Ms Matthews, her writing is always flawless and articulate, but this simply is in a league of its own… This is Gothic Victorian story-telling at its best. This is how this genre is supposed to be written!…By far one of the best books I have read—ever!” -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

“Everything I look for in a book was incorporated in this romance…The plot was absolutely riveting from the first page to the last…This story was exceptionally well written…I can’t say enough wonderful things about this story.” -Long and Short Reviews

“Ms. Matthews writes with elegance and precision…The author’s research is impeccable and she incorporates both characters’ backstories seamlessly into the narrative…She also makes excellent use of the remote coastal setting, creating a brooding atmosphere reminiscent of the gothic romances of the time with her evocative descriptions of the remote clifftop house, the crashing waves and the incessant rain flooding the roads which isolates the Abbey even further.” -All About Romance

“This is an irresistible romance with the added frisson of gothic fear…This is Miss Matthews’ best book so far and it is only the first in a new series!” -Lost in a Good Book

“I absolutely loved every minute I spent with The Matrimonial Advertisement. Mimi Matthews is an exceptional story-teller. There was a Beauty & the Beast feel to the book, and readers of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, and fans of Victorian novels will definitely love it.” -Passages to the Past

“There’s no way this book could be anything but a historical and a mid Victorian one at that. I didn’t feel that I was watching 21st century people with side whiskers or crinolines. What Helena deals with was a real thing…. The initial scary, isolated setting is haunting and leaves you ready to jump at what might come around the corner. The tension is palpable.” -Dear Author

“This is why I read historical romance! Mimi Matthews elevates her prose to incomparable heights through tight plot and elegant hand. Her deft storytelling is sublime: subtle details that build from well intended words…Sensual from the first pages and left me breathless by the last. Beautifully executed—should not be missed.” -Christina Boyd, The Quill Ink

“Once again, upon opening a Mimi Matthews Victorian romance, I am completely absorbed into the era’s mores, clothing and prose as well as a beautifully written, emotional romance…Her characters are so vivid and true to their time. The romance grows from meeting, to friendship, to caring, to love without any sex scenes…This is a story, romance and characters that will stay with me for a very long time to come.” -Avonna Loves Genres

“This delightful Victorian love story took me away to another time and another place for a few blissful hours. Mimi Matthews is a wonderful storyteller. She creates very likeable, memorable, layered characters that quickly feel like friends. Her style is naturally elegant and warmly flowing, full of historical detail and charm….this is the second of her fictional works that I’ve devoured and I’m looking forward to more.” -Jayne Fresina, bestselling author of Once Upon a Kiss

“Since I first read the sample chapters, I’ve been eager to read this book. Mimi Matthews does not disappoint. She lures the reader in for an emotional journey. Full of romance and heart, The Matrimonial Advertisement takes a marriage of convenience, a pinch of Beauty and the Beast, and some truly engrossing social history and brings to life a satisfying romantic tale. I look forward to more from this talented author!” -Lena Goldfinch, bestselling author of The Unexpected Bride

The Matrimonial Advertisement is a Victorian romance in all its glory…Mimi Matthews definitely knows how to present historical facts effectively and without sounding bookish…a delightful treat for Jane Austen and historical fiction fans.” -Readers’ Favorite

“Some books are more than just well written and well plotted stories because they truly engage the reader. This book did that. I felt I was in Victorian England and all of my senses were engaged.” -Cathy’s World

“Mimi Matthews’s atmospheric writing and her way of bringing the Gothic settings back to life is just breathtaking!…An Absolute Masterpiece!” -My Teatime Books

“If I could only have one book for the rest of my life, it would be this one…The characters were outstanding, developed with complexity and a humanity all their own. The setting and scenery were described with such perfection that I was able to see the circumstances through the characters’ eyes with ease. Both Helena and Justin are forever etched onto this reader’s heart, and I greatly look forward to expanding my Mimi Matthews library.” -Stacie, NetGalley 

“I could not read this book slowly. I ate it up, page after page, terribly curious what Helena’s and Justin’s secrets both were. And, unlike many romances, their secrets did not disappoint. They were layered and juicy, scandalous and saucy. I highly recommend Ms. Matthews book to anyone interested in this genre.” -Mandy, NetGalley

“Incredibly gorgeous…If you’re looking for a dark and stormy Gothic historical romance, look no further.” -Librarian, NetGalley

This website uses cookies for a better browsing experience and to analyze site traffic to improve site performance. Find out more about how cookies are used on this site and how you can manage cookies in your browser by reading the Cookie Policy