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A Convenient Fiction

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The mysterious Alex Archer returns to England in Book 3 of Mimi Matthews' USA Today best-selling Parish Orphans of Devon series.  

She Needed a Husband....

It's been three years since Laura Hayes' 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 candidate. But Alex Archer is no hero. In fact, he just might be the opposite.  

He Wanted a Fortune....

Alex has no tolerance for sentiment. 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 manor house his mercenary plan begins to unravel. And it's all the fault of Laura Hayes - a lady as unsuitable as she is enchanting.  

From the beaches of Margate to the lavender fields of Provence, a grudging friendship slowly blossoms into something more. But when scandal threatens, can a man who has spent his entire life playing the villain finally become a hero? Or will the lure of easy riches once again outweigh the demands of his heart?

©2019 Mimi Matthews (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Couldn't finish

I really tried to listen to this book but I didn't get far because the narration was terrible. Make sure you listen to the sample first. This was my mistake.

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  • D. Fields
  • 19-12-2019

Mimi Matthews' Best Yet!

I have listened to all of Mimi Matthews' books on Audible, and "A Convenient Fiction" is her best yet. The story is immediately engaging, and the plot hums along. Ms. Matthews' writing has improved greatly, especially her use of dialogue. The most important quality to me in a romance novel is whether or not the author and narrator can convincingly relate not only how and why the hero and heroine fall in love, but also their feelings as they do so. Matthews and Wyndham do this particularly well in this book. As the third in the trilogy, previous threads are closed up while not subjecting the reader to too much tedious backstory. The main characters are compelling and well matched.

I cannot say enough good things about Alex Wyndham's narration. I am in love with his voice. I have also noticed that his narration has improved in his voicing of female characters. His voice is by turns seductive, romantic, shy, commanding, honest, and always enjoyable to listen to. Just listening to him makes me happy.

If I could make one suggestion to the author, it would be to be mindful that when certain phrases are used repeatedly, it becomes especially obvious while listening. In this book, there is too much stomach "clenching" and heart "flopping/flipping/skipping" and so forth.

Overall, this is a lovely and charming romance. Although more love scenes are intimated at than in previous Mimi Matthews books, this is still very clean. I look forward to more from Matthews and Wyndham.

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  • Jessica S.
  • 01-12-2019

Loved! (Spoilers below)

I fell for parish orphan #3 Alex Archer more than I expected! Being invested in this series I thought he wouldn’t be as sympathetic of a character for me, but I was wrong! Well done again Mimi Matthews, book 3 didn’t disappoint and I was inordinately excited to see the men and their lady loves all meeting and reunited at the end, the set up for our last parish orphan Neville to find his own HEA! Can’t wait for book #4
Side note: there is a little steam to this romance BUT Mimi Matthews always keeps it classy :-) perfect

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  • A Payne
  • 27-04-2020

Excellently done!!!

A Convenient Fiction is a beautifully romantic story with fabulous narration!! It was a pleasure to listen to. I loved it.

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  • Raymond
  • 16-04-2020

Enchanting

The woman of great character, the flawed hero, plans made and laid low. The power of love and forgiveness. Secrets revealed. Most important characters that are likeable and weill ,dislikable. I found it a joy.

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  • Nameerah
  • 09-01-2020

Absolutely Beautiful

The trilogy was beautiful, ended perfectly and was everything I needed it to be.. I was never into period pieces, but Mini Matthews has definitely changed that for me.. It was the right amount of humour, drama, romance and everything else in between.. Most importantly, the women are strong willed and independent, the characters are well loved and I'll cherish this series for a very long time

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  • Agatha Istanbul
  • 16-12-2019

Love this series!

I have read the first three books of the Parish Orphans of Devon series, and I hope it conitnues! I've loved all three books so far - - each orphan boy is now grown, and the story of their past lives as orphans and how it has affected their lives as men individually, is enthralling. I was especially glad that Alex "returned to the fold" through the love of his wife, and the resulting courage she brought out in him. He was so harsh on himself, not believing himself worthy of forgiveness. I hope that Ms. Matthews will continue this saga with Neville. It would be such an interesting conclusion to the series.

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  • PennyLou
  • 01-12-2019

Mimi and Alex - what's not to love?

Alex/s story....and just as good as the previous orphan's stories. Great story line, interesting and exciting characters. Alex Wyndham is the best of the best narrators. He brings the characters to life.

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  • GMALR
  • 22-11-2019

Mimi Matthews plus Alex Wyndham!!!

Pairing Mimi's extraordinary storytelling with Alex's stellar performance - it doesn't get much better than this! The third book in the Parish Orphans of Devon is a classic! All the "brothers" together again. Highly, highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-05-2020

Wonderful!

It's clean, so it loses a star. Yes, for some folks that adds a star, but not for me.

It's got a touch of angst, a touch of heartbreak, but the love story overrides all of it!

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  • Patricia Durbin
  • 14-05-2020

Why does the narrator do this weird thing?!

Alex Wyndham habitually ends sentences with an upward inflection, for no apparent reason. He does this especially when reading female parts. It isn’t interesting, clever, or sexy. But it IS puzzling, distracting,irritating, annoying....I often have to read the books he narrates on Kindle so I can really enjoy them.

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  • Coconut
  • 13-05-2020

Delightful

A lovely story beautifully narrated. I wish Alex Wyndham could have narrated the first novel.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 05-02-2020

Outstanding

The whole series is really very good, each book is so different. I didn't know how Mimi was going to make Alex so lovely as I hadn't bought into his character in previous books, but she did.
I loved Laura strong but fragile as many of us are, I think she's my favorite female lead so far in these books but we haven't had Neville's story yet.
loved it.

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  • sammie
  • 27-01-2020

This one is the best so far... quite emotional!!😢

I really liked this book as its nice how the previous two books blend into this one towards the end!!..