The Matrimonial Advertisementby Mimi Matthews
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon #1
Published on September 4, 2018
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?
I have pretty strict rules about the historical romances that I will read. Generally they need to be recommended by some trusted sources on Twitter.Â When I pick them myself I tend to get horrible books that I DNF.Â That’s why I’m so excited about this book.Â I chose this one from the description on the book tour and I absolutely loved it!
Helena is on the run but she isn’t flighty or impetuous.Â Her escape from her family has been well planned.Â She needs to get married in order to wrest control of her inheritance from her relatives.Â She is unable to control it herself because she is a woman so she is in desperate need of a husband.
Justin returned from being a prisoner of war in India and in an act of pure spite, managed to seize control of the largest house from its impoverished gentleman owner.Â Now he is hated by the community and just wants to be left alone.Â His secretary and a lawyer friend though have advertised for a bride for him.Â He’s ignored them up to now when his friend in London sent him a woman who is obviously in trouble.
I loved that these were both sensible, no-nonsense people.Â There was a real threat that Helena was running from based on newspaper accounts of the time.Â This was a great way to get actual historical issues into the story.Â
This book felt comfortable from the opening pages.Â I was pulled directly into the story.Â This is the type of historical romance that I love and I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.Â
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