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The Work of Art

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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"Matthews weaves suspense and mystery within an absorbing love story. Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end." (Library Journal, starred review) 

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?

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

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Keeps you Guessing

This was a lovely book. The story of a girl who is being forced into a marriage by her evil conniving uncle. She is rescued by a man who has lots of issues. But with her help and their love they start to make a life for themselves.
This book keeps you guessing till the end to who the villain is that is out to get Philly.
Loved this book.

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  • Lori Dykes
  • 30-11-2019

The Best!!!

Perfection. Yes, that describes this story of the heart that won me over quickly. This is the third story by this author I have read and listened to in audible and I truly did not think it could top the others. But I am beginning to understand her writing has so much depth in her characters and insight into the emotions she builds on, I will always read her stories going forward! The narration of Alex Wyndham just brings the characters alive, with all of the angst, emotions and love that makes him one of my very favorite narrators. I could listen to him endlessly.
A lady that needs saving from a marriage to an evil man and a hero who at first thinks he is not good enough for anyone. A washed up wounded soldier who could not possible come to the aid of a lady. But oh, he does and an amazing friendship develops which smoothly falls into a romance for the heart.
A stunning, emotional dance filled with suspense, a marriage of convenience and a sigh worthy couple that exhibit all that is good in matters of the heart. I highly recommend this book and am listening to every audible by Mimi Matthews.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-2019

The Work of Art

Loved it. Listened to it twice in 3 days. Alex Wyndham is my favorite narrator.

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  • A+D
  • 01-12-2019

Great Listen!

I liked Phyllida from the beginning. She did seem a bit naive about a few things but she was used to country life and not that of London. I did not care for her uncle at all, nor her cousin Elizabeth. Phyllida has such a big heart and feels things deeply. I loved how she helped Captain Heywood without anyone noticing.
I really liked Captain Heywood! He is a great hero, perhaps a bit too protective at times but his heart was in the right place.
The communication between the characters was excellent. This author writes great communication and great kisses. There are many fun little moments between Heywood and Philly, I loved the last page.

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  • Sarah Morgan
  • 07-12-2019

Loved it!

Great, intriguing plot, wonderful love story, strong but feminine heroine, fabulous narration! This novel was thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • GMALR
  • 22-11-2019

A Classic in the Making

Wonderful story with perfect narration. This audiobook is a permanent entry on my "go-to" list.

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  • caanddh
  • 02-01-2020

My heart is a flutter!

Absolutely loved this - especially the open communication amongst the protagonists. Really, it gets “roll your eyes” irritating when there’s so much miscommunication in many of historical romances these days, this is so very refreshing and has the feel of an Austin novel. As for the narrator, he was amazing when he spoke/performed as the characters (especially the deep rasp of the hero) but was slightly monotonous when he was - well - narrating, but a solid performance over all.

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  • Betselu
  • 01-12-2019

Compelling

I couldn’t stop listening. The story was well done, the circumstances of the marriage believable and the characters did not hide behind ill-constructed misunderstandings. I liked it.

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  • Veronica Idrovo
  • 22-02-2020

I absolutely love these books

this one I think by far as my favorite of the series. this was a great book

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  • Bianca
  • 12-02-2020

loved it

Mimi Matthews never fails to impress, she writes the sweetest historical romances with the perfect amount of intrigue. Alex Wyndham was perfect as always

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-2020

An enjoyable read

Mimi Matthews writes amazing Regency romance books with interesting characters that develop as the book progresses. There are so many badly written Regency romance books available that focus on sex and misunderstandings... this is not one of those. And of course, Alex Wyndham's narration is perfect.

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  • Angela Whitear
  • 01-02-2020

A new author

This is the first book I have listened to by this author and I couldn’t put it down.I had never heard Alex Wyndham read before and I warmed to him as the book progressed.
I shall certainly look for another book by Mimi A

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  • sammie
  • 29-01-2020

A slow start but gets better.....🙂

Although I enjoyed this book it did take awhile before it peaked my interest, it is worth a listen if you like the author....xx

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  • Hkerr
  • 14-01-2020

A most enjoyable book

I originally bought the kindle version last year and enjoyed the story so much that I wanted to try the audio book. Alex Wyndham was an excellent narrator, simply brilliant. He brought the story and characters to life with such passion. I read a lot, mostly regency romance and Mimi Matthews is one of my favourite authors.

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  • Morgan Windle
  • 01-12-2019

Such a wonderful saving of love and mystery

Never sure if or who the villain is, you subtly fear the passionate love that the two main characters have for one another is constantly being threatened. Whether it be through Arthur’s protectiveness of Philly or the other sinister men who want her I was guessing till the very end.

I don’t think I’ve encountered two characters I liked more really. Philly is sweet, true, and humble and Arthur is strong of will, honorable and kind. It is such a sweet and real love story. Matthews weaves together an excellent story of possession and love, mystery and intrigue, and depicts two characters to perfection and Wyndham brings it to life impeccably (as he always does). Truly Philly’s voice is so feminine and gentle, it’s hard to leave it isn’t a ladies! Highly recommend and can’t wait for more Matthews x Wyndham collabs. More more more!

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  • Sarah
  • 20-11-2019

Good story

Good story which kept me guessing. It flagged a bit at 3/4s but the characters kept me interested.

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  • Book addict
  • 08-12-2019

Really enjoyed this

I don’t listen to many historical romances because they’re usually a bit rubbish, but thought I’d give this one a go. So glad I did! It’s brilliant! Only one small niggle about how the plot goes towards the end, but it’s not enough for me to mark it down. The subtleties and romance were so well done that it felt really genuine. It doesn’t have sex scenes, but the book doesn’t really need them. You still feel the attraction and building closeness with those scenes off page. Well worth a listen.