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A Convenient Fiction

(Parish Orphans of Devon #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  116 reviews
She Needed a Husband...

It’s been three years since Laura Hayes’s father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family’s failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. A noble gentleman who can rescue them all from penury. When a mysterious stranger arrives in the village, he seems a perfect can
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Perfectly Proper Press
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Mimi Matthews Hi Sarah! It will be out in paperback, and audiobook, too. The paperback should be up on pre-order by the end of the month. Audible will be releasing…moreHi Sarah! It will be out in paperback, and audiobook, too. The paperback should be up on pre-order by the end of the month. Audible will be releasing the audiobook sometime in Nov/Dec (I think). Hope that helps! xx(less)

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Sarah Monzon
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this book. Mimi Matthews is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite romance authors. Characters that don’t hide behind vulnerability but communicate. Delicious, swoon worthy dialogue. Heroes who are strong, protective, and simply put, just make you fall in love with them.
I’d looked forward to reading this installment after reading the first two books and I have to say, this one might be my favorite. The chemistry between the characters was undeniable and even though
Courtney Clark
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED it. Everything I wanted in this third book! We finally get to know the enigmatic Alex Archer -- and he's met his match with Laura Hayes.

Every book Mimi Matthews writes has a Midas-like touch of Victorian perfection. Exquisite historical detail, endearing and layered characters, the perfect touches of humor, and swoon-worthy romances — sometimes began in surprising ways — all combine in her novels for an immersive and simply DELIGHTFUL reading experience.

A Convenient Fiction
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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After the death of her father, Laura has served as head of the family and kept them afloat through careful planning and sheer determination. Now that her brother is about to turn 21, and legally able to take charge of the family's former business things should be taking a turn for the better. But when legal troubles prevent this from this from going through, Laura must look for an alternative if she hopes to keep her family from destitution. The altenative available to her? Marriage.

Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"No mistakes are irreversible."

Loved it! Just as I have loved every book in this series so far. It seems I just can't get enough of Mimi Matthews. And I have to say I am quite intrigued by the next book. I'm wondering just how she's going to pull it off.

These four orphan boys are proving to be such dashing young men. It appears that nothing feeds the soul quite like hard times and hopeleclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
Rachel McMillan
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sumptuous and instantly readable addition to what has become one of my favourite series as two people highly wary of attachment and love find in each other the match they need. Brimming with intelligence and pitch-perfect dialogue, Alex Archer’s troubled past intersects his promising present with the alluring and independent Laura. Matthews fills her characters and setting with painstaking historical detail, personality and warmth. Characters familiar to readers of previous instalments play ge ...more
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for reviewing!

Mimi has done it again. I think this is my favorite of the orphan series so far, and it has everything. Daring rescues, references to Victorian beauty routines, extensive seaside information and even swimming. In the Victorian era! It was so good.

Laura, our lady protagonist, is stubborn, resilient, crafty with money, and stressed out of her mind trying to keep a roof over the family's head. In other words, relatable as heck, and exerting
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I have no idea how to start this review. Everything I write sounds boring, pretentious or convoluted. The opposite of this story. I don't know where to start, really ...

In little less than a year this author has become one of my favorites. Her prose is attractive, her characters complex, the plot interesting and the historical background impressively realistic. Historical accuracy is one of her strengths.

This time it was
Amy Bruno
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I had to plan a perfect evening, it would be settling into bed with comfy pajamas, a super soft blanket, a glass of wine and a Mimi Matthews book. And for the past few nights I've been living the dream!

In A Convenient Fiction, we meet Laura Hayes who is living with her disabled brother and Aunt after her father's passing. Her mother died when she was young so it's up to Laura to take care of them all. But when their family money is threatened to be taken away she must find a way t
Dana Michael
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author knows how to write romance. She just does. She gets it. I want a clean romance that has me swooning because of the manly hero. That has a heroine who I would want to be best friends with. That has a page turning story line with a happily ever after. This book has all of that. Well done Ms. Matthews! My only complaint is I'm going to have to wait until February to read the next book in the series.
*I was given a copy of this book by the author and this is my honest opinion.
A betrayer(of friends), a blackmailer and a fortune hunter but much more than that!

I wish Mimi could write ten books a year!
Alex Archer is a villain. He betrayed his friends, he blackmailed a young weak man, he pursued a country Miss just for her money. He meets Laura when he jumps into the pond to “rescue” her from drowning, but she did not need any rescue.
Laura is entrancing but poor and he is enchanted but cannot loose view of his goal. He needs to get a estate in the country to ca
The Lit Bitch
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Mimi Matthews, you have my heart when it comes to historical romances. I absolutely love all of her books and I can’t rave about them enough.

I have been eager to read this latest installment of her Parish Orphans of Devon series for the last few weeks and finally cracked it open and as predicted, I read it in like one sitting.

I was most eager to read Alex’s story and see how his romance evolved. In the other books he is the most mysterious and I love a mysterious rogue
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Convenient Fiction
Parish Orphans of Devon Series #3
Mimi Matthews
Release date 10/22/2019
Publisher Perfectly Proper Press


She Needed A Husband...

It's been three years since Laura Hayes's father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family's failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. A noble gentleman who can rescue them all from penury. When a mysterio
Well that was awesome. I was so hoping Alex's story would be a good one! And it was! All of the books in this series have been different and good. I have enjoyed them. This one was fun from the very start. The dark brooding hero is so fun to read and Mathews does a good job of it. Now I just need Nevils story and it will be complete:}
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is #3 in Matthews' Parish Orphans of Devon series. The previous two, THE MATRIMONIAL ADVERTISEMENT and A MODEST INDEPENDENCE, featured Justin Thornhill and Tom Finchley, respectively, and this third one has as its MC Alex Archer. These three men, plus Neville Cross, whose story is still to come, shared a childhood friendship as orphans at Abbot's Holcombe in North Devon. All but Alex have stayed in touch, but Alex disappeared years ago never to be seen or heard from again. He's the mystery ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mimi Matthews might be my favorite historical romance author. Her settings are so thoroughly and deftly rendered, so immersive-- and she treats her characters with such care. This book is dense with interpersonal and individual nuance, as well as several enjoyable changes of scenery, and the reader is sold on the eventual romance basically from the first pages. I have loved every book in this series so far-- this might be my favorite-- but I can't wait to return to the seaside cliffs of Devon fo ...more
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
It has taken me an age to write this review, as there are so many things that I want to say about this, yet every word I write seems a little redundant and doesn’t do this stunning book justice. I have written and deleted and banged my head on the desk in frustration because I can’t begin to describe just how beautiful this book is.
This is the third book in the Parish Orphan’s of Devon series and by Jove, have I been looking forward to this book. Each of these beautiful books can be read v
Toni Shiloh
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Matthews has a way of bringing history to life. Of placing the reader right smack dab in the middle of the action, quickly establishing the heroine and hero and letting you pick which one to route for. Now I must admit, I’ve been wanting Alex’s story since I read book one (which is totally swoon worthy).

And he didn’t disappoint. There were a few times in his scenes that I wanted to tear up or just plain ol give him a hug. I’m so glad he was able to meet a deserving heroine.
Jayne Fresina
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Mimi's work and this has to be my favourite so far. Her characters are multi-dimensional, truly likeable, memorable, and have great chemistry. Dropped into situations that don't feel forced or unlikely, you can't help but cheer for them to get their happy ending. Of course, I adore the Victorian era and Mimi writes it like no one else, with perfect little details that put the reader right back in time. For those of you wondering why I always give Mimi 5-stars, read her books and then you' ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There are so many books one looks forward to for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, not many books live up to expectations. However, A Convenient Fiction lived up to and exceeded my expectations.

Was that why such a man had come to their village? Not as the hero of the story, but as the villain?

A Convenient Fiction is the third book in Mimi Matthew's Parish Orphans of Devon series. It can be read by itself but as this is a series about four friends it would make more of an impact to read the previ
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"I wonder if there is such a thing as fate. Some force that drew me to you, across continents, and across the sea. I think I knew you the moment I laid eyes on you. My love. My Laura. "

Another fabulous edition to this Parish Orphans of Devon series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. These men Justin, Tom, Alex and Neville have a strong bond that no one could break. Tethered together in a way that no matter how much time spent apart they would always find a way back together again.

Loved Al
Rosanne Lortz
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ever since her father's death, Laura Hayes has been forced to shoulder the burden of her invalid brother and the family finances. An unscrupulous lawyer holds the remnants of the family fortune, and in order to wrest control of her father's property from his oily fingers, Laura must marry. Husbands are scarce in rural Surrey, however. Dissolute neighbor George Wright is hardly a prime choice, and given their past history, Laura would never accept his advances...matrimonial or otherwise. 
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Convenient Fiction was an absolute pleasure to read. I loved everything about this book - the writing, the characters and how it was historically accurate to the time period. Mimi Matthews is now my go-to author for historical romances.

I loved reading Alex and Laura's story. It was a lovely romance that is filled with sweet and adorable moments. For a book with very few intimate scenes, the chemistry was crackling. A kiss on the hand can be quite an electrifying moment. Mimi Matthews shows us
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Alex returns to England with intentions to marry a wealthy heiress, but his plans begin to disrupt when he meets Laura Hayes, a lady who is in risk of penury and so unsuitable for him. They get enchanted with each other but try to restrain their feelings, until a scandal happens and Alex has to make the decision of marrying her or following up with his plans.
A delightful and sweet story, i adored the couple and when their happy ending finally happened it was amazing.
I received an free arc c
Debbie Brown
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it, not-jaff
The beginning of A Convenient Fiction immediately grabbed my attention. Laura Hayes is hiding away from everything that bothers her. She chooses a rather unorthodox method of escape, especially considering this is Victorian England: she swims below the surface of the pond at Talbot’s Wood, wishing it were the sea, and tries to remain underwater as long as possible without coming up to breathe. “There was nothing of the world underwater. No unmet expectations. No burdens too heavy to carry. Nothing, sav ...more
Robin Loves Reading
This delightful story by Mimi Matthews brings us the third story in the Parish Orphans of Devon series. Readers of this story have had Justin and Tom's story, now Alex Archer gets to find his future.

Alex's approach removes romance from the equation. He needs a rich wife and has found a way to settle a debt. George Wright is the man who has acquired the huge debt. He agreed to settle it with Alex by pretty much offering his childhood friend, Henrietta Talbot, in marriage to Alex. Howe
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been three years since Laura Hayes's father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family's failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. When a mysterious stranger arrives in the village, he seems a perfect candidate. He's returned to England for one reason only: to find a wealthy wife. A country-bred heiress in Surrey seems the perfect target. But somewhere between the village railway station and the ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alex and Laura

Ah, men and their ridiculous schemes and ideas! Speaking of which, here we meet Alex Archer and his bright idea to find and marry an heiress by nefarious means. Yes, of course, that would validate him. Too bad, Alex, that’s not how things work in Romancelandia!

Poor, nearly destitute, Miss Laura Hayes bursts on the scene like gang busters, at least that’s the way it seems in Alex’s poor feeble mind. The man can’t concentrate on his wicked fortune hunting. That’s what
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
3.5 stars.
A quote (from ARC):
“In the end, she’d dealt with the matter all on her own. Just as she dealt with every problem that came her way. She hadn’t the luxury of a champion. In the absence of one, she’d learned to champion herself.”
Well-written and researched and engaging, “A Convenient Fiction”, by Mimi Matthews (Perfectly Proper Press), features a tortured male protagonist who initially appears to be
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a captivating story! I just loved everything about it. The main characters of Laura and Alex were so engaging. Laura held herself responsible for her family, she was also,very astute. Alex had much more depth than at first meeting, he hadn’t had a happy childhood and this was revealed through a number of memory flashbacks. I enjoyed the bathing descriptions at Margate and had a chuckle at some of the aunt’s observations. Alex and Laura has an obvious connection but Alex needed to m ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Mimi Matthews knows how to draw the reader in from the very beginning of the story. Her writing is a joy to read. I did not want the story to end! Fortunately, there is to be a book #4 to transport me back in time.
I liked the dark and mysterious Alex Archer, although he is at first drawn as a fortune hunter. Laura Hayes is of strong character, protecting and keeping her small family of younger brother and aunt together. Laura is to serve as her friend Henrietta's chaperone when their child
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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

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