Friday, August 2, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of THE WORK OF ART by Mimi Matthews

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of THE WORK OF ART by Mimi Matthews, published July 23, 2019.

Blurb for THE WORK OF ART:

An Uncommon Beauty...

Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it's caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland--a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the duke's clutches, she's going to need a little help.

An Unlikely Hero...

Captain Arthur Heywood's days of heroism are long past. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name.

Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her--and her heart--in more danger than ever?


Connie’s Review:

London - 1814

Captain Arthur Heywood, the second son of the Earl of Gordon, is visiting at the home of Mr. Edgar Townsend, a well-known financier. Suddenly, several large dogs come running through the room, causing an uproar. Mr. Townsend’s niece, Phillida (Philly) Satterthwaite, age 23, owns the dogs and rushes in to corral them while apologizing profusely for the disturbance. Mr. Townsend inherited Philly’s home when her grandfather passed away, so he brought her to live with his sister and his daughters, Elizabeth, 24, and Abigail, 18. Philly had insisted that she must bring her dogs with her. She is soon to make her debut.

Arthur Heywood has to rely upon his cane to get around He had been severely injured in the war. When he returned home from the war, he found his fiancé had married someone else. Now, he swears he will never marry.

When Philly is out walking her dogs, she meets Arthur sitting on a bench. Realizing his limitations, she is very kind to him and they enjoy chatting.

Philly’s uncle, Mr. Townsend, has big ideas for her. As she has one blue eye and one hazel eye, she is sometimes called The Work of Art by the arrogant, cold, and cruel Duke of Moreland, also known as The Collector. He wants Philly but she has no interest in him. To get away from him, Philly accepts Arthur’s proposal to marry him. They then go to live at his home in the country. They are perfect together and Arthur even starts to open up more and his walking improves. Ah, but the Duke of Moreland doesn’t take rejection easily and soon the evil man rears his ugly head. Will they be able to have a happy and safe marriage?

This is a sweet, clean romance with a great hero and heroine, both able to show one another how devoted they are to the other. It made me smile to see their love and happiness. I think readers will love this book and I look forward to reading more by this favorite author of mine.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

THE WORK OF ART by Mimi Matthews, Perfectly Proper Press, available now in print and ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

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