The Winter Companion

The Winter Companion

Book 4: Parish Orphans of Devon

She Needed to be Seen…

As a lady’s companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that’s precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past, and an unconventional plan for her future, it’s far safer to remain invisible. But when her new employer is invited to a month-long holiday at a remote coastal abbey, Clara discovers that she may not be as invisible as she’d hoped. At least, not as far as one gentleman is concerned.

He Wanted to be Heard…

Neville Cross has always been more comfortable with animals than people. An accident in his youth has left him with a brain injury that affects his speech. Forming the words to speak to his childhood friends is difficult enough. Finding the right things to say to a lovely young lady’s companion seems downright impossible. But Miss Hartwright is no ordinary companion. In fact, there may not be anything ordinary about her at all.

During a bleak Devon winter, two sensitive souls forge an unexpected friendship. But when Clara needs him most, will Neville find the courage to face his fears? Or is saying goodbye to her the most heroic thing he can do?

[Previewed in Eve Stano’s “Love for All,” Library Journal, p. 16–23.]

Advance Praise

“Matthews is a skilled storyteller who creates scenes through vivid description, allowing readers to experience not just the sights and sounds of the setting but also the inner workings of the protagonists…[Clara] challenges the limitations on the women of her day. Neville’s character is drawn with sensitivity and insight. An entertaining read.” -Readers’ Favorite

“An ode to the Victorian era from all corners, stations and predicaments…Matthews adores the period, but doesn’t shy away from its restrictions. Perhaps it is her ability to paint it so wholly—for all its good and bad—that make the series one of the most addictive offerings in the genre in years.” -Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

“A FANTASTIC conclusion to the series! Once again, I was swept away by the romance, the atmosphere, and the wonderfully complex character development of a Mimi Matthews story. Neville and Clara are meant for each other. At the heart of this story is a tale of identity, the worth of dreams, and the courage it takes to overcome. I turned the last page with a happy smile and maybe a few tears. :)” -Courtney, Goodreads

“This book was, to put it succinctly, a wonder…After seeing Neville in the previous three books as a minor character, I didn’t know how Mimi Matthews was going to make a romantic hero out of him, but once again, she proves that she is the mistress of proper Victorian romance, creating a love story for the ages that uplifts, inspires, and satisfies.” -Rosanne E. Lortz, author

“Once again, Mimi Matthews creates a beautiful world for her characters. She has hands down set the stand in Victorian romance, creating characters that are strong, but struggle, always trying to do right by those around them, and admitting when they need help. No one is perfect, but her heroes and heroines are always perfect for each other.” -Caroline, NetGalley

The Winter Companion was definitely sigh worthy. Brimming with endearing characters, flawless pacing, and a wonderfully romantic and hopeful story… [Matthews] books are sheer perfection.” -Love At 1st Read

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