The Winter Companion – Mimi Matthews

the-winter-companion_blog-tour-bannerHello Everyone! Welcome to my stop today on the Blog Tour for this fabulous book, The Winter Companion by Mimi Matthews and allowing me to share my review with you! There’s also a fabulous Giveaway of a signed copy of The Winter Companion, so make sure to enter below! First as always a thank you goes out to Amy at HF Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to participate and a thank you to Mimi Matthews for giving me the privilege to read and review her book. Now to find out more about this book…

The Winter Companion

(Parish Orphans of Devon #4)

Mimi Matthews

Neville Cross/Clara Hartwright


5 star
My Rating: 5/5


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 remain invisible. But when her new employer is invited to a month-long holiday at a remote coastal abbey, Clara discovers that she may not be as invisible as she’d hoped. At least, not as far as one gentleman is concerned.

He Wanted to be Heard…

Neville Cross has always been more comfortable with animals than people. An accident in his youth has left him with a brain injury that affects his speech. Forming the words to speak to his childhood friends is difficult enough. Finding the right things to say to a lovely young lady’s companion seems downright impossible. But Miss Hartwright is no ordinary companion. In fact, there may not be anything ordinary about her at all.

During a bleak Devon winter, two sensitive souls forge an unexpected friendship. But when Clara needs him most, will Neville find the courage to face his fears? Or is saying goodbye to her the most heroic thing he can do?


The Winter Companion is the fourth book in Mimi Matthews’s series the “Parish Orphans of Devon”. This is actually the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading from Ms. Matthews. I’ve heard so many positive things about her books and am now kicking myself for not picking up her books before now! 😉 I truly was impressed with this story and am definitely going back to read her previous books! So happy to have found a new author to read and follow!

Neville Cross along with his three friends, the heroes from the previous books in this series were parish orphans. When a childhood accident leaves Neville with a speech impediment, he retreats to the care of animals where he feels more comfortable.

Clara Hartwright is a lady’s companion and finds herself at Greyfriar’s Abbey at Christmas time with her new employer. Clara has big dreams and is only working as a companion temporarily to help fund her brother’s education.

I absolutely loved Clara and Neville, they were such fabulous characters! They are kind, sweet, loving people who have personalities that hold them back. Clara holds herself back because of an incident in her past and Neville’s speech impediment has him fearful of moving forward. As these two become friends, they form a bond and wish for something more. There is an attraction and they are drawn to each other, but their paths seem to be going in different directions.

What a beautifully written story of two people who truly deserved to find love! I was truly impressed with Ms. Matthews’s writing style and the detailed descriptions of the settings. I loved that she gave Clara and Neville time to know each other and to allow their friendship to grow into love. Their storyline with the Dartmoor ponies and Bertie the pug was absolutely perfect for them and a joy to read. They were such a special couple and they truly stole my heart! I loved getting glimpses of the previous characters from the series and I can’t wait to go back and read their individual stories.

Words can’t describe how much I enjoyed this book! As I mentioned earlier, I have not read the previous books in this series, but had no problem keeping up with the storyline and felt this book could easily be read as a standalone. But after meeting all the fascinating characters from the previous books, I am definitely going back to read their stories! Highly recommend this book and author!

~ Rose


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Mimi Matthews

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and BeautyThe Matrimonial Advertisement) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional 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 her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

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Do check out the other stops on this blog tour!


Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, February 11
Review at Bookish Rantings
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, February 12
Review at Rose is Reading
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Review & Interview at The Green Mockingbird

Thursday, February 13
Review at Heidi Reads
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at Lost in a Book Reviewer

Friday, February 14
Review at Bookish Bellee
Review at Historical Graffiti
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Feature at View from the Birdhouse

Saturday, February 15
Feature at YA, It’s Lit
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at Donna’s Book Blog

Sunday, February 16
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, February 17
Review at Robin Loves Reading

Tuesday, February 18
Review at The Lit Bitch



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