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The Work of Art

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
4.5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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"Matthews weaves suspense and mystery within an absorbing love story. Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end." (Library Journal, starred review) 

An Uncommon Beauty....

Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it’s caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland - a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the duke’s clutches, she’s going to need a little help. 

An Unlikely Hero....

Captain Arthur Heywood’s days of heroism are long past. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name. 

Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her - and her heart - in more danger than ever?

©2019 Mimi Matthews (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Great Listen!

I liked Phyllida from the beginning. She did seem a bit naive about a few things but she was used to country life and not that of London. I did not care for her uncle at all, nor her cousin Elizabeth. Phyllida has such a big heart and feels things deeply. I loved how she helped Captain Heywood without anyone noticing.
I really liked Captain Heywood! He is a great hero, perhaps a bit too protective at times but his heart was in the right place.
The communication between the characters was excellent. This author writes great communication and great kisses. There are many fun little moments between Heywood and Philly, I loved the last page.

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The Best!!!

Perfection. Yes, that describes this story of the heart that won me over quickly. This is the third story by this author I have read and listened to in audible and I truly did not think it could top the others. But I am beginning to understand her writing has so much depth in her characters and insight into the emotions she builds on, I will always read her stories going forward! The narration of Alex Wyndham just brings the characters alive, with all of the angst, emotions and love that makes him one of my very favorite narrators. I could listen to him endlessly.
A lady that needs saving from a marriage to an evil man and a hero who at first thinks he is not good enough for anyone. A washed up wounded soldier who could not possible come to the aid of a lady. But oh, he does and an amazing friendship develops which smoothly falls into a romance for the heart.
A stunning, emotional dance filled with suspense, a marriage of convenience and a sigh worthy couple that exhibit all that is good in matters of the heart. I highly recommend this book and am listening to every audible by Mimi Matthews.

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A Classic in the Making

Wonderful story with perfect narration. This audiobook is a permanent entry on my "go-to" list.

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The Work of Art

Loved it. Listened to it twice in 3 days. Alex Wyndham is my favorite narrator.

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Loved it!

Great, intriguing plot, wonderful love story, strong but feminine heroine, fabulous narration! This novel was thoroughly enjoyable!

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Compelling

I couldn’t stop listening. The story was well done, the circumstances of the marriage believable and the characters did not hide behind ill-constructed misunderstandings. I liked it.

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Alex & Mimi are a perfect duo

This book was a perfect combo of romance and mystery. I'm pretty good at figuring out whodunnits, but was surprised at the end. The characters were nicely developed....rich and likeable (some of them). Others were rich and unlikable.
Alex Wydham is my most favorite narrator and he did a great job on this one Mimi Rogers is one of the best story tellers I've read. This book goes in my "listen again and again" category.

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Love this book!

Interesting mystery and I had no clue to who the villain was until the end. I especially like the fact that the love scenes did not give any detailed sex. Leaves you with a sweet romance and a mystery to boot!

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  • Morgan Windle
  • 12-01-19

Such a wonderful saving of love and mystery

Never sure if or who the villain is, you subtly fear the passionate love that the two main characters have for one another is constantly being threatened. Whether it be through Arthur’s protectiveness of Philly or the other sinister men who want her I was guessing till the very end.

I don’t think I’ve encountered two characters I liked more really. Philly is sweet, true, and humble and Arthur is strong of will, honorable and kind. It is such a sweet and real love story. Matthews weaves together an excellent story of possession and love, mystery and intrigue, and depicts two characters to perfection and Wyndham brings it to life impeccably (as he always does). Truly Philly’s voice is so feminine and gentle, it’s hard to leave it isn’t a ladies! Highly recommend and can’t wait for more Matthews x Wyndham collabs. More more more!

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  • Sarah
  • 11-20-19

Good story

Good story which kept me guessing. It flagged a bit at 3/4s but the characters kept me interested.

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  • Ros H.
  • 12-06-19

Keeps you Guessing

This was a lovely book. The story of a girl who is being forced into a marriage by her evil conniving uncle. She is rescued by a man who has lots of issues. But with her help and their love they start to make a life for themselves.
This book keeps you guessing till the end to who the villain is that is out to get Philly.
Loved this book.