The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

A Victorian Romance

Romance - Historical
245 Pages
Reviewed on 11/16/2017
Buy on Amazon

Author Biography

Mimi Matthews is the author of The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Pen and Sword Books, November 2017) and A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty (Pen and Sword Books, July 2018). Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. When not writing historical non-fiction, Mimi authors exquisitely proper Victorian romance novels with dark, brooding heroes and intelligent, pragmatic heroines. Her debut Victorian romance The Lost Letter was released in September 2017. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney with both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She resides in California with her family—which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter by Mimi Matthews is a Victorian romance set in 1861. Tristan Sinclair is a viscount, a world-weary man who has sunk to the lowest depths. Valentine March is a vicar’s daughter and when she gets a job as a lady’s maid after her father dies, she finds herself thrown together with the viscount, a man intent on destroying himself, and everything changes. They are strongly attracted to one another, but others conspire to keep them apart. Things are never as they seem though, and Valentine is about to discover her true heritage, who she really is. More doors open for her and she has to make a decision – marry the viscount or allow her life to take another path entirely.

The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter by Mimi Matthews is a wonderful story, steeped in historical fact. It’s nice to read an uncomplicated story that flows well and still has plenty going on. The language that Ms. Matthews used to write the book matched the era perfectly and I found the story very easy to follow. It is written in a way that draws a reader in and makes them want to keep on reading, needing to see it through to the end. The plot is skillfully woven, and the characters developed along with it, giving us time to get to know them and watch them grow with the story. This is a nice gentle read that whiled away several hours on a rainy day, the ideal book to lose yourself in and drift off to a different place and time.