Hello, Sunshines, I am super excited to be today’s stop on the amazing blog tour for; Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews. I can’t wait to be sharing my review of this stunningly beautiful book with you all today, I hope you love it as much as I do!
Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Publisher: 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?
I say the same thing every single time I pick up a Mimi Matthews book, but when you have an author who consistently writes the most beautiful, romantic, charming and deeply emotional stories time after time, you tend to fall into a repetitive review writing, after all, there is only so many words you can use to describe perfection, it really is no secret how much I admire Mimi Matthews writing, she is one of the most gifted romance authors of the day, and it is always such a joy to be able to read one of her books.
This is easily my favourite of all of Mimi Mathews’ work, she is never afraid to broach some difficult and in some ways taboo subjects in her books, this is no different in fact I think by creating a lead character who is suffering from clinical depression, or as it was referred to then; being a little melancholic is such a brave step to take especially with this being a historical romance, personally I think Beryl’s character with all her anxiety’s, and periods of sadness and low spirits and mood is what this genre has needed.
Fragile, vulnerable yet compassionate; Beryl has returned home to her little village in Somerset after a year in Paris which did leave many speculations over her speedy trip to France, she is now home to resume her life and get ready for her wedding to Henry. But, she has a secret that her cold fiancé will like nor understand, her only confidant is the local curate who happens to be Henry’s brother; Mark. He listens like no other ever has listened to her before. He never puts her down or pity’s her, their talks are full of sensitivity and compassion and they both share a passion for wanting to live peacefully and love their families and community.
I really took Beryl into my heart, her depression is sensitively and beautifully written by Mimi, she hasn’t overdone anything with Beryl’s state of mind and her bouts of anxiety and melancholia it is very grounded, very relatable and you feel an instant connection to her, your heart goes out for her, you are willing her on and wanting her to have the happiness she so sourly deserves.
Mark is the perfect man, kind, caring, loyal, compassionate and more than anything incredibly good. He is a real sweetie, but there is loneliness and pain he keeps hidden, he is and has been in love with Beryl for a long time. There is some really touching moment between them that shows just how worthy of her affections he is, his compassion and forward-thinking is commendable. It’s very rare I stray from my usual hero type of the baddies and rogues, but there is something about this decent man that really tugs at the heartstrings.
I have always spoken very openly about how mental health illness awareness has always been close to my heart, seeing someone very close suffer from a mental health illness isn’t pleasant and talking about it is even less pleasant but it is a discussion everyone needs to have. We all need to move past this subject being taboo and start bringing this matter to everyday life. So I want to take this moment to not only applaud Mimi for writing this story and having such a brave woman as the main character but also thank her for not only bringing awareness to this subject but also showing how this illness was looked upon in the Victorian era and ultimately how it is looked upon now. So, Thank you!!
This is a beautiful and very tender story, which at times you will either read with a huge sentimental grin on your face or sniff back the tears. It’s full of sensitive understanding of the subject matter, heart-rending, poignant and utterly captivating. Mimi has created the most atmospherically moving and genuinely uplifting story, one that will forever stay buried deep into this little bookworm’s heart.
Thank you to Amy at HFVBT and Mimi for the advanced copy which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour.
About the Author
USA Today 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.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, July 14
Review at Passages to the Past
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
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Fair as a Star
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