Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Perfectly Proper Press
Series: Victorian Romantics, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance
A Secret Burden…
After a mysterious sojourn in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the village of Shepton Worthy ready to resume the life she left behind. Betrothed to the wealthy Sir Henry Rivenhall, she has no reason to be unhappy—or so people keep reminding her. But Beryl’s life isn’t as perfect as everyone believes.
A Longstanding Love…
As village curate, Mark Rivenhall is known for his compassionate understanding. When his older brother’s intended needs a shoulder to lean on, Mark’s more than willing to provide one. There’s no danger of losing his heart. He already lost that to Beryl a long time ago.
During an idyllic Victorian summer, friends and family gather in anticipation of Beryl and Sir Henry’s wedding. But in her darkest moment, it’s Mark who comes to Beryl’s aid. Can he help her without revealing his feelings—or betraying his brother?
This is one of my first forays into historical romance, though I’ve watched enough Jane Austen movies (and remakes) along with BBC dramas and PBS productions to understand the genre from a visual perspective. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be charming, vivid, steeped in history, and overall lovely!
Beryl Burnham, our main character, struggles with mental health, which becomes a refrain throughout the book. While this sounds a little bit outlandish for the time period in which this book is set, I think it’s an important conversation that people need to have in the present. This novel can be a launching point for book clubs or other groups to be able to have a frank conversation about mental health and I think this is a fantastic venue for it! Beryl is loveable, flawed in the most human ways, and absolutely believable as a character. She feels deeply, loves immeasurably, and her dialogue is wonderful! Other characters, in particular Mark, are incredibly well written as well!
This is a shorter book, clocking in at 202 pages, but the pacing is great and Mimi Matthews packs so much into so few pages! There is no time for dawdling in this book! The imagery is lush! The romance is there, but not overpowering. There is a masterful balance to this book between heavy themes, romance, lighthearted fun, and frank conversations about what matters most. Balance is something that can be very hard to achieve. I commend Mimi Matthews for striking just the right balance with this novel!
I would recommend this to any fan of historical romance, or even just historical fiction. It works for both categories! A lovely book from an author that I hadn’t read before, but I will absolutely be picking up titles in the future! Thank you to the team at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Mimi Matthews for the chance to read this on tour! All opinions are my own.
About the Author
bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.
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Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, July 14
Review at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, July 15
Interview at Austenprose
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Feature at I’m All About Books
Review at Probably at the Library
Thursday, July 16
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Friday, July 17
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Saturday, July 18
Review at The Green Mockingbird
Sunday, July 19
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Monday, July 20
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Tuesday, July 21
Review at Book Bustle
Wednesday, July 22
Review at Bookish Rantings
Thursday, July 23
Review at Heidi Reads
Friday, July 24
Review at The Lit Bitch
Saturday, July 25
Feature at What Is That Book About
Monday, July 27
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Tuesday, July 28
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
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Fair as a Star