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The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,230 ratings  ·  201 reviews

After years of unbridled debauchery, Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton has hit proverbial rock bottom. Seeking to escape his melancholy, he takes refuge at one of Victorian society’s most notorious house parties. As the Christmas season approaches, he prepares to settle in for a month of heavy drinking…until an unexpected encounter changes his pl
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published December 2018 by Perfectly Proper Press (first published January 23rd 2018)
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Mimi Matthews Great question! There are no sex scenes or graphic language/descriptions, but there is one passionate kiss. Also, the hero and heroine meet at a…moreGreat question! There are no sex scenes or graphic language/descriptions, but there is one passionate kiss. Also, the hero and heroine meet at a notorious house party, so there is some vague reference to the illicit behavior of the other guests, as well as to the hero's scandalous past. (less)

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Sonya Heaney
After enjoying the author’s first Victorian romance so much, I snapped The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter up immediately. Mimi Matthews writes “proper” Victorian books, where the characters act era-appropriately, the conversations are entertaining, and there’s a focus on the *romance*.

The relationship in this one moves fast – it has to, as hero and heroine are caught together and forced into an engagement. Now, this is a plot device used a million times over in historical romance, but it is handled different
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
I was hooked on Mimi Matthews after reading The Lost Letter. And her newest, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter, has only fed my addiction more. Like her earlier book, this was a wonderful Victorian tale of two people from different worlds. Virtual strangers who fall in love and must overcome misunderstandings and family interference on their path to true love. And most importantly, it’s another beautifully romantic story that will tug at your heart strings.

Years ago, Tristan Sinclair, Vis
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death...
-from Song of Solomon 8:6 King James Bible

Damn but this woman can write! Loved this one too. My only qualm was that it could have been much longer and in depth. And I don't say that often about a book. I found myself wanting more depth in the story. More detail. And much more time together for this couple. And againclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
MaryannC. Book Freak
This was a nice engaging read, not a bodice ripper but it still has it's rake and self proclaimed womanizer, Tristan Sinclair, The Viscount St. Ashton a handsomely, devilish man used to over indulgence in drinking and women. Having finally burnout from all the excess he comes across Valentine March a prim and proper young Vicar's daughter who is employed as a companion that suddenly turns the viscount's head because she is not the typical, easily seduced young woman he is used to having. But Val ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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THE VISCOUNT AND THE VICAR’S DAUGHTER by Mimi Matthews is the second historical romance I have read and reviewed by this author and it will not be the last. Ms. Matthews sets her romances in Victorian England. They are beautifully written and era appropriate. The plots are character driven with no sex, but swoon worthy romance.

Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton is world weary. Years of drinking, gambling and evading the responsibilities of
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Let me start by saying what an unbelievably great book, it is rich and emotional and for me definitely what I have now come to expect from Ms Matthews. The Viscount and the Vicars daughter is very different from other historical romances it does go along the lines of marriage of convenience but the difference if that Tristan genuinely does love Valentine very much, and he wants to do what is right by her – after what happened, even with so much going against them not just society and his father ...more
Sammy Loves Books
Sweet novella about a scandalous rake falling for a Vicar's daughter with a scandalous past!

Valentine March


Well developed love story packed into a small package. The secondary characters were perfect and the plot progressed well. I really liked the hero and how he kept coming through for his Valentine.

I was surprised to find this novella was squeaky clean... e
Tracy DeNeal
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tristan and Valentine

A vicar's orphaned and destitute daughter meets a world weary hardened rake in the abandoned folly of the ramshackle estate of a dissolute lord and lady in the midst of a debauched gathering and guess what? A sweet romance ensues.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Both protagonists shared varying degrees of self doubt throughout this tale. Their vulnerability and willingness to bare their souls in spite of their innate low self esteem was heartening.

Tristan Sincl
This is more like a novella than a full length novel, which I didn’t realize. For me, what was there was so good that it needed more. More depth, more plot, just more of everything. I really enjoy this author’s work, so it was a lovely reading experience, but just not quite to the level of the other two books I’ve read.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The dreaded formula strikes again! When authors write many books and have to churn them out over and over sometimes the authors books start to sound exactly the same. Unfortunately this one sounded like the last two I read:{ Not good. It was good enough, it kept my attention but it was irritating to have the same type of characters and the same time of conflict and resolution. So sad. I really liked this author. I am going to give her one more chance. So this story was a good one and I enjoyed t ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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She was a prim vicar's daughter. He was a notorious rake. They were ill-suited by societal standards, but the attraction between them was too strong to ignore.

Valentine's beautiful society mother was pregnant and alone when the vicar married her to save her. Val grew up understanding her mother was a fallen woman, a sinner, and her father endeavored to ensure that Val did not follow her mother's path.

The death of her father brings Val to be the companion of a vain and sha
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really sorry that I don't like this little romance more than I do. Matthews' first one, THE LOST LETTERS, was a little gem and I was looking forward very much to this one, which has as its hero the older brother of the H of the first book.

The writing is good. I was especially impressed that the author is one of a select few who know the difference between "comprise" and "compose". That was almost enough for me to want to hand out 4 stars to this book. But, unfortunately, as I was
Lovely clean story! Adorable titled rakish hero meets a prim lady's companion/ Vicar's Daughter

My second book by this author and she has already become a favorite of mine. The book is a traditional historical romance, with no steamy scenes (a few kisses and caresses) and characters behaving according to the time period (Victorian). The story is engaging and very romantic.

Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton has broken with his father and younger brother and dedicated himself to a
3.5/5. My first book by this author and I'm thoroughly impressed with the quality of her writing, the humorous dialogue and the authenticity of the language and the details of the Victorian setting. Unfortunately the plot didn't completely hold up, perhaps because it's more novella length than full length at 216 pages. The love story is truncated likewise:
Day 1 saw rakish Viscount hero proposing to orphaned, bible-quoting vicar's daughter after a searing kiss compromised them.
Day 2 (at 60
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Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Georgette Heyer fans
I loved this story. The prose, the smart dialog, likeable characters, and sweet romance had shades of Georgette Heyer. The delicious tension between the rakish viscount and the paid companion kept me turning pages well into the night. The mystery about the heritage of the vicar’s daughter tugged at my heartstrings—and I found myself in tears when all was revealed. Beautiful! I look forward to Mimi Matthews’ next.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. The rake was not really a rake. Just someone who used to be. Just liked to drink. The heroine just cried, jittered, blushed, protested, heart thumped, was alarmed at the least little thing for me to really like her. It was still well written. I just didn't care for the predictable MCs very much.
Mandy DeOrnellas
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the arc to read in exchange for an honest review.

I completely enjoyed this book. The characters development was well thought out and I loved them. For the first time in ages, I found myself not wanting a book to end. I wanted more. Their budding relationship was endearing.
Courtney Clark
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter has the makings of a scandalous-type romance but what is found between its pages is a sweet romance and story of friendship. Tristan and Valentine have an unconventional beginning, but as their identities tie them together and more is revealed about their characters, an intriguing story of romance and second chances unfolds. Mimi’s subtle style of weaving all story elements together shines through in this novel, particularly where Valentine’s surprising hist ...more
Judy Lesley
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not often I come across a romance novel that delivers a couple of main characters I can easily enjoy. Author Mimi Matthews set her story in1861 England to feature the polar opposites of a jaded rake and a vicar's daughter. That isn't a new situation in romance novels, but it certainly was refreshing to read about a heroine who wasn't afraid to stand up to people who were trying to keep her in the place they thought she should inhabit. This vicar's daughter might be alone in the world after ...more
Meghan V
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like with Ms. Roger's previous book, "The Lost Letter", this is a easy to devour Victorian era romance with deeply thought out characters, fantastic dialogue, enough historical details to make the story realistic but not too much to make it frustrating and a completely lovely, tender romantic arc. Our hero is a wearied rake (and while that word can be so over used in this genre, I appreciated the author's interpretation of the term. He spent years really engage in bacchanalian behavior) but ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I want first to thanks to the Publisher and the Author for allow me to read this book.
3.5☆ rounder up 4☆

I have to say that I enjoy the book, even when this book wasn't what I was expecting, I think those who like novels with rake characters will enjoy this book better than I. I will recommend this book as well to those who like a clean story, (there's only mentions of the past life of the H (rake) and one passionate kiss with the h). The story were well developed in general and
Caitlyn Lynch
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s a rake to do when all his vices have lost their appeal? Tristan Sinclair is tired of living up to everyone else’s low expectations. His father’s dour predictions have become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy; after all, if nobody expects you to do anything good, you might as well just be bad.

Stumbling across a young woman sobbing her heart out in the woods, though, Tristan has no audience to play to, and he’s touched by her plight. He can’t quite get her out of his mind, even
Candy Briggs
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton, had a very bad reputation as a Rake and worse. But after ten years of debauchery, he needed more. Valentine March was a vicar's daughter and her mother died in childbirth. She was able to procure a companion's job and ended up at a house party.
This was a delightful story. The descriptions were nice, the dialogue matched the action going on. The Characters were imaginative, lush and realistic. It turned into a you do like her or you don't type of camp.
Hunter R.
A captivating piece, but I wish it was expanded upon and had more depth to it. Some characters were set aside without proper exploration their nature. Events were unrealistically hasty in their nature, and conversations lacked some of English politeness that one would know from works of that time. Otherwise I was pretty captured by the story as it was a fast and English kind of steamy read.
Anne Morgan
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance about two people who discover that being seemingly opposite on the outside doesn't mean you aren't alike on the inside.
4,5 stars. I finished it in a day and I loved it just like "The lost letter".
This was a wonderful romance, and a story of reclamation. One was a rake,who had been accused of something he did not do. This left him turning even more to drink, and carousing. She is a vicar' s daughter, whose mother died in birth. The vicar had taken the lady in, and married her then raised the child as his own. Now with no other choice she is a companion to a lady, and her spoiled daughter. A chance meeting in the house party garden, when he hears her crying starts everything in motion. A s ...more
Meghan Lloyd
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a charming book of a reformed rake and the woman who stole his heart! It was a quick read that drew me in quickly and left me with a smile on my face by the end of the story. I love bad boy redemption stories, and this one, while a bit predictable, was nonetheless highly enjoyable. This will be the second book I have read by this author, and she has yet to fail in delighting me with her storytelling.

Miss Valentine March is horrified to learn that her new position as companion to
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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical non-fiction and proper historical romances set in Victorian England. 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. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with he ...more
“I enjoyed our time together today very much. Truly I did. But no one can make anyone else happy. Not really. We all of us are responsible for our own happiness. Our own contentment. We can’t seek it in other people.” 0 likes
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