Mimi Matthews | Author of the Month (Historical Romance) – MAY

Hi there! I’m here with my first Author of the Month post. I’m hoping to do one or two such post every month, either for historical romance, contemporary romance or for fantasy/sci-fi romance authors. These posts will feature my favorite authors who write books that I love to read. So let’s get to it.

One of my favorite historical romance authors is Mimi Matthews, and I decided to highlight her as the very first author in my feature post of ‘Author of the Month’, because I believe that Ms. Matthews is very much an underrated author. There should be more hype surrounding her work, social media should be buzzing with her amazing books. She writes historically accurate, clean and wonderful Victorian and Regency romances with some 19th century author vibes, like Jane Austen, Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas and others. If you consider yourself a lover of Victorian and Regency romances and love the writers of 19th century, then you have to read at least one of Mimi Matthews books. She writes authentic, realistic and detailed novels that will completely transport you to another time and place.

About Mimi Matthews

Mimi Matthews is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of proper historical romances. Her works include The Siren of Sussex, one of Oprah Daily’s Most Anticipated Romances of 2022; Fair as a Star, a Library Journal Best Romance of 2020; Gentleman Jim, a Kirkus Best Book of 2020; and The Work of Art, winner of the 2020 HOLT Medallion and a 2021 Daphne du Maurier Award nominee.

Mimi’s novels have received starred reviews in Publishers WeeklyLibrary JournalBooklistKirkus, and Shelf Awareness, and have been featured at Oprah DailyNPRUSA TodayPopSugar, and Book Riot. They have been translated into six languages.

When not writing historical romance, Mimi authors nonfiction books and articles on all aspects of nineteenth century history—from animals, art, and etiquette to fashion, beauty, feminism, and law. Her nonfiction history books (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty and The Pug Who Bit Napoleon) are published by Pen and Sword Books UK. Her articles are available at various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and can also be found at BUST Magazine.

In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.

From Mimi Matthews website: https://www.mimimatthews.com

You can find her on Social Media:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest | BookBub

Mimi Matthews’ books

To find out more about each book, click the name of the book under its cover image, the link will take you to the author’s website to the page dedicated to the book.

Nonfiction History

Parish Orphans of Devon Series of Interconnected Standalone Victorian Romances

A Standalone Victorian Romances

A Standalone Regency Romances & a Gothic Supernatural Victorian Romance

Book series with interconnected standalone romances

I have loved each of her books that I have read so far. My favorite one is a Regency second chance romance Gentlemen Jim: A Tale of Romance and Revenge (this says a lot about the talent of Ms. Matthews, as she made one of the tropes that I dislike into one of my all time favorite books), also I have reread like ten times the Victorian Holiday novella A Holiday by Gaslight. I read it during every single Holiday since 2018 and then once or twice more during the year. Parish Orphans of Devon series were excellent and each of the standalone books as well. I loved them all! I still need to read her new Belles of London series and John Eyre. I hope it will happen soon, as all three books are on my this year’s TBR.

I recommend all of her books, so if you haven’t read any yet, then just choose one that speaks to you the most and start reading!

  • If you enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo by by Alexandre Dumas, then you should start with the Regency friends-to-lovers second chance romance – Gentlemen Jim.

“He was still the love of her life. Her best friend and soul mate.”

– Mimi Matthews, Gentleman Jim
  • If you loved Jane Eyre, then the supernatural Victorian gothic retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s timeless classic – John Eyre – will be perfect for you. Note that this is a historical paranormal romance.
  • If you are looking for a second chance romance with a brooding and tormented ex-soldier, then this Victorian Beauty and the Beast love story of The Lost Letter could be the book to start your reading journey of Ms. Matthews’s books.
  • If you are looking for a tale where a beauty is in need of a hero with a bit of mystery and suspense, then this Regency marriage of convenience romance – The Work of Art – is the way to go.
  • If you like romance stories with two people from opposite ends of society, a redemption story and a love at first site, then give a reformed rake a chance in this Victorian Holiday romance – The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter.
  • If you are looking for a short Holiday read with a bit of Dickens’ vibe, a sweet last chance at love and a courtship of convenience romance, then look no father than A Holiday By Gaslight.

“I value your intelligence and your strength. I’d rather you stood at my side than in my shadow.”

― Mimi Matthews, A Holiday By Gaslight
  • If you are looking for a mental health representation in historical romance, then you should give an chance to this Victorian friends-to-lovers romance – Fair as a Star. (Represents depression and forbidden love of falling in love with your fiancés brother / brother’s fiancé.)
  • If you are looking for an own voices book with half-Indian character, for a bluestocking heroine who fights for her own independence, for a story full of love for horses and fashion, a cross-class romance and a look at racial and gender discrimination in Victorian London, then start the Belles of London Series with The Siren of Sussex. Afterwards dive into the next instalment in the series – The Belle of Belgrave Square. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in a Victorian marriage of convenience romance coming in October, 2022.
  • However, maybe it’s best to start with Parish Orphans of Devon Series with heart-warming standalone romances of four childhood friends and a chance to follow the orphaned boys’ journeys to finding their true love. The first book in the series, The Matrimonial Advertisement, is a Victorian Romance with some darker gothic atmosphere, a bit of Beauty and the Beast vibe, a marriage of convenience and mail-order brides tropes, and it tackles some of the social issues of the time. Juts a riveting slow-burn romance with great chemistry, sparks and 19th century romantic innocence. I would recommend to read the Parish Orphans of Devon series in order, so after enjoying The Matrimonial Advertisement grab your copy of A Modest Independence, then A Convenient Fiction, and lastly The Winter Companion. You won’t regret a second spent in this Victorian Romance world, you will get a chance to see 19th century England, India and France, and to live trough four beautiful love stories.

“Yes. And because you’re you. A lady who makes me smile. Who’s kind and thoughtful and loyal as all hell. A lady whose hand fits perfectly in mine. And who returns my kisses so very sweetly. For all of those reasons, yes. I’d go to the ends of the earth for you, Helena. You must know that.”

― Mimi Matthews, The Matrimonial Advertisement

All Mimi Matthews books are sweet, swoon-worthy and clean romances with perfectly accurate details of life in 19th century. If you are a true fan of historical romances, then you have to read at least a few Mimi Matthews books.

Please feel free to tell me your thoughts on this post or Mimi Matthews and her books in the comments bellow. Have you read any of Mimi Matthews’ books or are you planning to read any? How do you like her writing? Would you recommend her books? Which is your favorite Mimi Matthews’ book? Do you enjoy reading clean, no spice historical romances?

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