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The story opens as Beryl is returning from Paris with her Aunt Hortensia. Beryl has been gone for a year and her homecoming means she will soon be getting married to Sir Henry Rivenhall. Beryl and Henry are a compatible match but without much love. Beryl has known the Rivenhall brothers for many years and has a close friendship with Henry’s younger brother, Mark, the town curate. Beryl is suffering from depression, a problem that they do not know much about in 1864. Mark is the only person who seems to understand Beryl’s pain and tries to be supportive and there for her. Mark has silently loved Beryl for a very long time, being careful to keep his love a secret from her. As the days grow closer to the wedding, there are several events that cause changes for Beryl and the Rivenhall brothers.
The year is 1864; the place is Shepton Worthy, a small English village, and the main character is Beryl Burnham in Fair as a Star: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews. Fair as a Star is a well-told Victorian romance that is historically correct and a sweet love story. Mimi Matthews is a gifted author who made the characters jump out of the book and come alive, making me feel as though I was back in the Victorian era days. Beryl, Henry, and Mark had an outstanding supporting cast of players adding to the enjoyment of the story. Fair as a Star is a must-read for all Victorian historical romance fans. It was hard to put down and kept me up late into the night.