From USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews comes a Victorian tale of love and longing in a quaint English village.
A Secret Burden…
After a mysterious sojourn in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the village of Shepton Worthy ready to resume the life she left behind. Betrothed to the wealthy Sir Henry Rivenhall, she has no reason to be unhappy—or so people keep reminding her. But Beryl’s life isn’t as perfect as everyone believes.
A Longstanding Love…
As village curate, Mark Rivenhall is known for his compassionate understanding. When his older brother’s intended needs a shoulder to lean on, Mark’s more than willing to provide one. There’s no danger of losing his heart. He already lost that to Beryl a long time ago.
During an idyllic Victorian summer, friends and family gather in anticipation of Beryl and Sir Henry’s wedding. But in her darkest moment, it’s Mark who comes to Beryl’s aid. Can he help her without revealing his feelings—or betraying his brother?
My Rating: 4 Stars!
I discovered this author earlier this year and so happy I did. Her writing is absolutely exquisite. I have loved every book I’ve read of hers and still am trying to catch up! This one is a bit shorter than her others, but no less full because of the word count. It deals with a subject that was thought quite odd in Victorian times: clinical depression. Even the ‘treatments’ at that time would render the sufferer even more pain. I was so impressed with Matthews’ handling of this subject. The hero in the story was just completely amazing. I loved this book so much. Highly recommended.
*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is my own.
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Publication Date: July 12, 2020