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The Matrimonial Advertisement

Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,266 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • claude
  • 08-06-19

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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  • Susan
  • 05-31-20

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.

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  • H.A.B.
  • 05-14-20

most enjoyable....

it was a charming story and beautifully presented ...

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

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  • Liban Ahmed
  • 04-17-20

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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  • Miss S Hayes
  • 03-22-20

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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  • sammie
  • 01-27-20

Lovely book...........😀

This is a great book, I liked that it was some what different to the normal Historical Romance!!.

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  • Jane Oliver
  • 12-19-19

Light or Dark I could not tell; definitely sentimental

Beautifully performed but the plot just does not bear out the pace. At times it was tedious to the point of needing to skip ahead, but if you appreciate a steady paced historical romance with two low-esteemed miscommunicating protagonists, this audiobook with its vivid settings will suit. It has excellent sexual tension, melancholia and misfits with the inevitable happy ending.

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  • RomanticFool
  • 12-17-19

Wonderful Story, but PG

I stumbled across this and I really enjoyed the story. The only thing it lacked was a sex scene. It didn't need to be lengthy or graffic, but it irritates me when an entire novel is filled with sexual tension and then there is zero sex.
If I'd known it was going to be PG rated I might not have been so disappointed.
Regardless or all that, I've given 4/5 because the story was well written and I liked the characters. Narrator gave an excellent performance.

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  • Marita
  • 04-24-19

One of the best books

It was a dramatic love story, I couldn't stop listening. I was glad not to hear all that in depth going sex which can be sickening.
In the beginning it was a bit too much repetitive, but not so much as to get annoyed. I thought it was the best story I heard or read for a long time.
The reading was very well performed.