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The Winter Companion

Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 4
Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Series: Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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"Fans of the Parish Orphans of Devon series will adore this final installment, reuniting the orphans and their loves." (Library Journal, starred review)

A USA Today best seller

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 monthlong 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?

©2020 Mimi Matthews (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
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Thoroughly Enjoyable

What an unexpected joy this story was. I can easily recommend it to those who enjoy a historical romance. The main two characters were refreshingly different and the narrator did a wonderful job of Neville's impediment. Loved it 5/5.

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  • Jessica S.
  • 06-05-2020

Loved the whole Parish Orphans series

Aaawe, this was such a sweet ending to the series. I will try not to give away any spoilers....
I fell in love with each of the Parish Orphans; Justin, Tom, Alex, and now Neville! A gentle giant, almost too dear and sweet to be true. ;-) Handsome and strong, protective and gentle, kind to animals, I mean, come on, what’s not to love?! I wanted a little more of the background and inner workings of Neville’s mind and heart because I just felt so fond of him before even getting to his story (since book 1)
The romance in this book was sweetly uncomplicated, (not as intense, passionate and fraught with drama as Helena and Justin’s story) though both Neville and Clara had their own set of obstacles to overcome to find their HEA. Their miscommunications were surprisingly easily overcome considering Neville’s speech difficulties, they were just so compatible and well suited to one another, and both rather guileless. Sweet is the word I keep using but it sums it up. Couldn’t give the book less than 5 stars as I’ve just developed such a fondness for all the characters in this series and of course I love Mimi Matthews’ writing! And Alex Wyndham is always in my top list of favorite male narrators, well done!

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  • mary
  • 12-05-2020

Very Sweet Story

Neville Cross's story is so very sweet. Because this is the end of the series, I wish that the epilogue was longer and maybe had more of a storyline on each of the Parish orphans. I have a sense that even though they have gone their separate ways, they will be integral to each other and maybe their offspring will marry within the orphan's family. My favorite storyline is Justin and Helena's. My favorite couple is Alex and Laura. Hate to see the end.

Alex Wyndham does an excellent job. But that is what one expects of him anyway.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2020

Good ending to a good series

I enjoyed all the books in this series and this book was a nice ending to the series. It felt a little serious at times but I think it needed to be because of who the characters were. Definitely read the other books before this one otherwise you'll be missing out.

Mimi Matthews is a must read and Alex Wyndham is always great to listen to.

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  • Caroline
  • 16-06-2020

Wonderful end to the series

Matthews is very good at character development. These aren’t sappy romances, but drag you in there with them. I really appreciate being immersed into the era. Alex Windham is an amazing narrator. I would look for books narrated by him on that alone.

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  • A Payne
  • 06-06-2020

Loved it!!!

I've enjoyed this series so much! Matthews created a lovely 'family'. Wyndham's narration is perfect! I'm sorry to see it end.

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  • 05-06-2020

Loved getting to know these men!

I accidently started with Alex and Laura's story. After which, I went back to start from the beginning. I fell in love with the Parish Orphans series, I waited excitedly to meet Neville Cross. Absolutely my favorite parts are the interactions between the Devon Brothers. Ms. Matthews also does an excellent job of depicting the private uphill battles we all fight and must overcome before we can be receptive to another's love for us.

These stories are a reminder that life can be more than difficult...even unfair. Then when you least expect it, love and beauty find you.

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  • 03-06-2020

Beautiful series, powerful men, strong women, love

a most enjoyable series, the combination of M.Matthew's writing and Alex Wyndham's narration has given me hours of delight.
Each one of the orphan's is different, each meeting the woman he needs, each story unique, each his and her own path. Nevil is by far the bravest, though they all are...but Neville has a determination all his own. Bravo!!! great reading/listening!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-05-2020

BEST ROMANCE EVER

Neville! Oh my goodness. He is my new book boyfriend. I am so in love with him. The narrator could not have done a better job. He portrayed Neville like I envisioned him to be. He did a great performance. Even with sweet Claire he did a great job. it must be hard for a man to adequately voice a female and yet he did a wonderful job. I loved everything about this audible presentation.

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  • Kerry
  • 23-05-2020

A lovely story

I really enjoyed this story of Nevil and Clara. It was lovely to see Nevil get his happy ending too. Superbly narrated by Alex Wyndham as well, I highly recommend

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  • A+D
  • 15-05-2020

Happiness!

Pure happiness is what I feel at the end of this book.
Seeing Neville become more of the man he was meant to be and have a happy ending, made my heart swoon.
Clara was the perfect match for him.
I loved reading this book and loved listening to Alex Wyndham's narration just as much if not more!

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  • Morgan Windle
  • 08-05-2020

My goodness what a sweet ending to a series

Bar none the best in the series, and probably rivals my other favourite by MM’s The Work of Art. There was such an intense sweetness that MM conveyed throughout that I felt on the verge of tears almost the entire time. I especially liked that the story was no melodramatic or complicated. There was no great twist or some villain. It was just, simply, a love story. I loved that.

Neville and Clara are wonderful, and it was so satisfying to see all four orphans together and happy.

Can’t wait to see what Matthews and Wyndham do together next.

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  • Susan
  • 19-06-2020

Sweet Sweet story

Love this book, I have listened to this a couple of times.It is such a sweet story of two souls that come together.
Alex Wyndhams narration is perfect and I can listen to his voice for a long time.

He goes from one character to another with ease, all very real.

I have given 5 stars everywhere and would gladly encourage anyone who loves romance to give this story a go and if you like this try the other three stories about the orphans of Devon.

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  • Coconut
  • 15-05-2020

Beautiful, gentle love story<br />

What a lovely ending to the series. Beautifully narrated by Alex Wyndham. I only wish he had narrated the first in the series as they are stories I could listen to again and again but I found the narrator of the first book utterly dreadful and although I loved the story I couldn't listen to it again.