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The Winter Companion

(Parish Orphans of Devon #4)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  45 reviews
A winter reunion for the orphans brings romance for Neville Cross in Book 4 of Mimi Matthews' USA Today bestselling Parish Orphans of Devon series.

She Needed to be Seen...

As a lady’s companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that’s precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past, and an unconventional plan for her future, it’s far safer to
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Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Perfectly Proper Press
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Courtney Clark
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I say Mimi should write all the Victorian romances forevermore.

A FANTASTIC conclusion to the series! Once again, I was swept away by the romance, the atmosphere, and the wonderfully complex character development of a Mimi Matthews story. Neville and Clara are meant for each other. At the heart of this story is a tale of identity, the worth of dreams, and the courage it takes to overcome. I turned the last page with a happy smile and maybe a few tears. :)

Longer review to come!
Rachel McMillan
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
GUESS WHAT it is Neville's turn!! Oh Neville, you bunny rabbit. Anyone who has followed the Parish Orphans of Devon quartet knows that Neville has played a strong and present role in each. Unofficial ward/friend/brother to Justin, a tragic accident has left him with a speech impediment despite the sharpness of his mind and ( most importantly) the tenderness of his heart.

Neville's strong, silent and stable presence since book 1 has been a balm amidst the four very different childhood friends and
Sarah Monzon
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you need me, I’ll be in a pile of mush over here. I knew from the previous Parrish Orphans book that I would love Neville and I was not wrong. I honestly don’t think Matthews can write a hero that I don’t love, but Neville is special guys. You HAVE to meet him for yourself. That being said, I can’t believe the series is over. What am I going to do now? Need. More. Books.
A man with a speech disability meets a woman in search of her place in the world. A lovely Victorian tale of love and fulfillment

“The Winter Companion” brings Mimi Mathew’s Parish Orphans of Devon series to a sweet and thought-provoking close. The book is standalone, but the whole series is excellent and I recommend reading them all.

Confined to an orphanage, friends Justin, Tom, Alex and Neville faced a traumatic childhood deprived of almost everything but found in each other strength to cope
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clara Hartwright has spent the last few years working as a lady's companion, sending her wages to support her brother's education at Cambridge. But a life of keeping her opinions and observations to herself is not a position to which she is well suited. Clara wants a life spent enriching her education and feeling useful. In fact her greatest dream is to work as her brother's secretary when he begins his career as a natural scientist.

Neville's life has been one of routine. A childhood head injury
Amy Bruno
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as wishlist
Shelves: pre-ordered
Mimi Matthews will be on Blog Tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for THE WINTER COMPANION, Feb 11-18!!
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Winter Companion
Parish Orphans of Devon Series #4
Mimi Matthews
Release date 02/11/2020
Publisher Perfectly Proper Press

Blurb :
She Needed to be Seen...

As a lady's companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that's precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past, and an unconventional plan for her future, it's far safer to remain invisible. But when her new employer is invited to a month-long holiday at a remote coastal
Laura J.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neville is one of four friends who grew up together in a harsh orphanage. Due to an accident as a child, Neville has a speech impediment which causes people to assume he is slow witted, which in turn, causes Neville to be anxious around strangers. Even his friends feel he needs protecting. However Neville is the best kind of hero: intelligent, kind, thoughtful (as well as handsome!). Clara is a paid companion to an elderly lady who is visiting, along with her family, the home of Neville’s friend ...more
It was a terrible thing to be alone in the world. To be dismissed and discarded. To never belong anywhere. What was a dog to do in his old age if no one wanted him? More to the point, what was a woman to do?

She becomes a lady's companion. Well actually, Clara is not quite over the hill yet, but she is certainly quite alone without a home to call her own and she knows how it feels to be dismissed and discarded. Arriving at an isolated abbey with her new employer for a winter house party, she
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review

“«I don’t need things to be different. And I certainly don’t need you to be different. I love you exactly as you are.»” (Clara to Neville, quote from ARC)

4.5 stars.
This is such a lovely, beautifully written historical novel about a wounded hero, afflicted by a seldom fictionalized condition, and the heroine whom he befriends and falls head over heels in love with.
Neville is such a delight to read, his blond good looks and big size
Dana Michael
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Winter Companion is the fourth book in the series and unfortunately the last. I have devoured each page anticipating what happens next. This author is the best at writing romance. She knows how to evoke emotion from the characters and make the reader feel a part of the story. The hero, Neville is now my new book boyfriend. Oh how I loved how he treated and treasured the heroine, Clara. That first kiss was probably the sweetest and most precious kiss I have ever read. Sigh and swoon. This ...more
Randi | randiloves2read
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Following an accident as a child, Neville Cross is speech impaired and that holds him back from fulfilling his dreams of a good life. When he meets Clara Hartwright, lady’s companion with a shockingly unladylike secret, he feels forced to challenge his low self-esteem to forge an independent life.

In the Parish Orphans of Devon Series we follow the orphan boys Justin Thornhill, Tom Finchley, Alex Archer and Neville Cross. Installment #4 is featuring Neville Cross, who is apprentice steward at
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘ “I never dared dream in all my life that I would get a happy ending of my very own.” He drew her back into his arms. “My dear love…..” His words were slow but sure. “This is only the beginning.” ‘

Picking up a Mimi Matthews book is like holding a decadent dessert. A beautifully exquisite cover that beckons to you. Inside, it’s filled with the most captivating and delicious story. One in which you find yourself closing your eyes and sighing often. Savoring every page. The Winter Companion was
Brit Andrews
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Until just before this past Christmas I hadn’t ever heard of Mimi Matthews never saw her books but then I came across one and now I’ve read ALL of her books in the last few weeks... so naturally I was excited for this one too...

The story goes... once upon a very unhappy time there were 4 orphaned boys living a hard and difficult life in a terrible place. They were all the family each other had and then circumstance separated them. After nearly losing one of their number the other 3 were sent off
Sarah Perchikoff
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It feels like an end of something since this is the last book in this series. It's probably why I cried so much while reading. This series has meant so much to me and I don't think I realized it until now. I feel like I know these characters in real life and I kind of wish I did. Full review to come.
Rosanne Lortz
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lady's companion ought to blend in with her surroundings, but it's impossible for Clara Hartwright to remain invisible. Forced into genteel service in order to support her brother's studies at Cambridge, Clara yearns to be a student of natural philosophy in her own right. When her position takes her to the freezing winterscape of Greyfriar's Abbey in Devon, she forms a connection with Neville Cross, the tongue-tied Nordic giant who is a perplexing mix of gentleman and stablehand.

Abashed by his
Patti Wolff
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'dIn the fourth and final installment of Mimi Matthews' Parish Orphans of Devon series, "The Winter Companion", Neville Cross finds love. Although Nigel considers himself an unlikely candidate for romantic love, Clara Hartright sees beyond his speech impediment to the wonderful person he is. An event in Clara's past has distorted her belief in herself and her judgment of men's motives. Nigel is a swoon-worthy hero, and Clara is a delightful heroine.

The four orphans are celebrating Christmas at
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fourth in the Parish Orphans of Devon series, The Winter Companion can absolutely be enjoyed as a stand-alone, but your reading experience will be so much more enriched if you read them all in order. The entire series pretty much revolves around Neville's accident when the boys were young, and how the accident affected the trajectory of each of their lives. So here we finally get Neville's story and come to understand not only how the accident affected his life, but how his three friends dealt ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo good!

Truly a beautiful love story! I have looked forward to reading Neville's story after reading the first three books. I wasn't certain he would be a typical romantic lead who would touch my heart--but he was. In the previous books (which I loved) Neville was in the background, but I always felt sorry for him due to his inability to speak like everyone else (due to an accident). Mimi Matthews portrayed him brilliantly. She didn't change his character to make him more appealing to her
Margaret Pinard
I enjoyed this love story so much I finished it in one sitting! I would say the setting and characters give the story tinges of Little Women, but that may be because I just saw the film and loved it. The married couples have both a Meg-level of smugness and a vein of sadness from living through trauma that makes them cozy background characters, although I did have a bit of trouble sorting out who was who in the first few chapters, since I hadn't read any of the series before.
No matter. The main
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy for review!

And here I was, thinking the third book would be my favorite of the Orphans series – I was mistaken! This takes a place among my favorites of Mimi’s books. A veritable giant of a man who treats animals kindly and is pretty to look at, and a studious, determined, progressive Victorian lady protagonist who just wants to catalog flora and fauna? I was so in. And interestingly enough, the afterword was one of the best parts of the book?

I’m not
Meghan Lloyd
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Each time I read a book by Mimi Matthews, I learn something about human nature that is both refreshing and comforting. Yes, she includes the negative in her stories too, like greed, arrogance, and ignorance. However, she also includes things like compassion, courage, and strength. What I loved most about this story was the lesson of overcoming fear and putting others ahead of yourself. It was rewarding to read about characters who had a difficult past, found each other, and overcame their ...more
Jessica (the naptime writer)
3.5 stars

After thoroughly enjoying Mimi Matthew’s The Matrimonial Advertisement a couple of weeks ago I was really looking forward to seeing how things worked out for the group of four orphans in the final book of the series. The Winter Companion offers a stirring romance centered on Neville Cross—a groom/reluctantly-aspiring steward who has difficulty communicating verbally since a horrific childhood accident—and companion/aspiring scientist’s assistant Clara Hartwright, who accompanies her
Yet again, Mimi Matthews delivers a deliciously addictive and wonderfully written love story. This time, we delve into the lives of Neville Cross and Clara Hartwright. If you've been following the Parish Orphans of Devon series, then you've already had glimpses of Neville. Of all the boys (now men) who'd grown up together in the orphanage, I was always most curious about Neville, especially considering the injury he'd sustained from his fall from the cliffs. We get more insight into his life and ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
If you are following me on Facebook, Instagram or Goodreads, you will know that Mimi Matthews is my new author obsession. I started with the first book in this series and then worked my way forward and back. I have loved all the books. Did you know that this author does a serial novel- releasing a chapter at a time- in her newsletter? It's SO good and it's also driving me nuts because one chapter per month is a horrible way to read a novel by this author!! I lack patience.

This is the fourth
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Clara Hartwright tried ever so hard to fade into the background as a good lady’s companion should. She avoided poetry and anything that could be thought to spark her romantic tendencies to life. Until a very serious and silent man makes her want to be seen. Neville Cross doesn’t talk if he can help it and even when he does - it is a struggle. After the accident that caused his speech to be ruined, he has not dreamed or thought about what he might want. Until a young woman comes for the holiday. ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great conclusion to the series!

I must confess I underestimated Neville in the first book. I didn't think he'd have a story of his own and get a chance to play the hero, but I'm so glad he did.

With each book in the series, we've seen the role Neville plays in the group and especially to Justin. His accident has affected his speech and he's not confident in social situations. He's much more at easy with animals, who understand his kindness and don't expect anything from him.

Clara is a
Diane Secchiaroli
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a romance novel which is not my genre but I found it to be quite good. There was a lot of history utilized in the story telling which in retrospect made it close to a historical novel which is my genre. The story was about Clara, a woman’s companion who is working to help support her brother at Cambridge. She meets a tall, mysterious blond gentleman who she thinks is a groomsman at an estate but turns out to be a wealthy gentleman who has a speech disorder from a TBI. They’re instantly ...more
Bethany Swafford
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clara Hartwright's main goal as a lady's companion is to make sure no one takes notice of her and she uses her spare time to study the notes her brother sends her from school. Neville Cross is more at ease with animals than people, but the new lady's companion makes him long to say the right things. Their paths do not seem to be going the same way, but love may change both of their paths.

As a newcomer to this series, I really enjoyed this book. Neville's struggles to speak and his tendency to
Laura J.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Neville is one of four friends who grew up together in a harsh orphanage. Due to an accident as a child, Neville has a speech impediment which causes people to assume he is slow witted, which in turn, causes Neville to be anxious around strangers. Even his friends feel he needs protecting. However Neville is the best kind of hero: intelligent, kind, thoughtful (as well as handsome!). Clara is a paid companion to an elderly lady who is visiting, along with her family, the home of Neville’s friend ...more
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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning 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 at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. ...more

Other books in the series

Parish Orphans of Devon (4 books)
  • The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon #1)
  • A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon, #2)
  • A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon, #3)