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Alone shoot a pistol What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good nameCan a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her and her heart in danger than ever? Mimi Matthews has done it again With every new book of Mimi's that I read I think to myself clearly she can't top this oneand yet she does Every dang timeThe Work of Art is actually one of Mimi's earliest books but was never released until now It makes me so sad to think of this beautiful book sitting all alone but now it's getting the love it deserves and I could not be thrilled for that When Phyllida Satterthwaite's beloved grandfather and only guardian passes away her Uncle moves her to London so that she might make her debut and find a husband Her beauty and uniue eyes grab the attention of the men in town including the scandalous Duke of Moreland who is known as a collector of rare and uniue items Now he wants Phyllidaand he is used to getting what he wantsCaptain Arthur Heywood was injured in the Peninsular War and can only walk with the assistance of a cane While he prefers to stay at home in his country estate away from society business brings him to London and the home of Phyllida's Uncle Her beauty is not lost on Arthur and they soon become friends When the dangerous Duke of Moreland sets his sights on Phyllida despite her not being interested Arthur steps in with an offer to helpI have to say that Phyllida and Arthur are my most favorite fictional couple ever I'm not the easiest reader of romances I've never been one for the lovey dovey stuff but I swear Mimi is converting me If any book can be called swoon worthy it's The Work of Art Not only is this a book for romance fans but also a book for animal lovers Phyllida's love for her dogs and animals was my favorite thing about her As someone that drove an hour away last week to save an injured chipmunk I can totally relate to her Mimi's books always bring a smile to my face and I was totally grinning ear to ear when I finished The Work of Art I could not love it and will be shouting about this book to anyone who will listenI do believe that The Work of Art is my favorite Mimi Matthews bookthat is until the next one releases The Opposite Shore use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good nameCan a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her and her heart in danger than ever? Mimi Matthews has done it again With every new book of Mimi's that I read I think to myself clearly she can't top this oneand yet she does Every dang timeThe Work of Art is actually one of Mimi's earliest books but was never released Ace the Technical Interview until now It makes me so sad to think of this beautiful book sitting all alone but now it's getting the love it deserves and I could not be thrilled for that When Phyllida Satterthwaite's beloved grandfather and only guardian passes away her Uncle moves her to London so that she might make her debut and find a husband Her beauty and Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing uniue eyes grab the attention of the men in town including the scandalous Duke of Moreland who is known as a collector of rare and Great Speeches of the 20th Century (Rhino Word Beat) uniue items Now he wants Phyllidaand he is My Mind on Trial used to getting what he wantsCaptain Arthur Heywood was injured in the Peninsular War and can only walk with the assistance of a cane While he prefers to stay at home in his country estate away from society business brings him to London and the home of Phyllida's Uncle Her beauty is not lost on Arthur and they soon become friends When the dangerous Duke of Moreland sets his sights on Phyllida despite her not being interested Arthur steps in with an offer to helpI have to say that Phyllida and Arthur are my most favorite fictional couple ever I'm not the easiest reader of romances I've never been one for the lovey dovey stuff but I swear Mimi is converting me If any book can be called swoon worthy it's The Work of Art Not only is this a book for romance fans but also a book for animal lovers Phyllida's love for her dogs and animals was my favorite thing about her As someone that drove an hour away last week to save an injured chipmunk I can totally relate to her Mimi's books always bring a smile to my face and I was totally grinning ear to ear when I finished The Work of Art I could not love it and will be shouting about this book to anyone who will listenI do believe that The Work of Art is my favorite Mimi Matthews bookthat is Baby until the next one releases

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An Uncommon BeautyHidden away in rural Devonshire Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered 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 SWEET HEARTFELT AND WONDERFUL 🌷🌷Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for historical romance Therefore it is unusual for me to find an author I didn't know about in advance With Mimi Matthews that was the case but now I want to read from her hand because this was just wonderful Without a pitying look or a word of sympathy Miss Satterthwaite had lent him her support And she'd done it in just such a way as to spare his foolish pride THE THINGS I LIKEDPhilly and Arthur The most important thing with any historical romance novel is definitely a strong leading couple Usually however historical romance authors tend to build a relationship for their leading couples around lust and physicality Honestly it's getting boring to me Mimi Matthews did not fall into that trap Instead she build a true deep and very emotional connection between Arthur and Philly and that made the entire book so specialFeeling As the relationship between the two MC's the entire feeling of the book was so light heartfelt and sweet While I don't mind mystery or hardship which this book had it was nice that most of it was just sweet and romanticArthur Another annoying cliché in historical romance is the hunky buff hero who somehow is all muscles even though he doesn't really do anything at all Arthur was no hunk at least he wasn't described as one And that was so great Also he was not a douche a player or a rogue That was great tooTHE THING I DISLIKEDMa'am Maybe this is just me but calling the unmarried woman 'ma'am' seemed sort of misplaced I mean wouldn't 'miss' be accurate? ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review FOLLOW MY BLOG FOR MORE BOOK GOODNESS Tales From The Darkside Vol. 1 unusual for me to find an author I didn't know about in advance With Mimi Matthews that was the case but now I want to read from her hand because this was just wonderful Without a pitying look or a word of sympathy Miss Satterthwaite had lent him her support And she'd done it in just such a way as to spare his foolish pride THE THINGS I LIKEDPhilly and Arthur The most important thing with any historical romance novel is definitely a strong leading couple Usually however historical romance authors tend to build a relationship for their leading couples around lust and physicality Honestly it's getting boring to me Mimi Matthews did not fall into that trap Instead she build a true deep and very emotional connection between Arthur and Philly and that made the entire book so specialFeeling As the relationship between the two MC's the entire feeling of the book was so light heartfelt and sweet While I don't mind mystery or hardship which this book had it was nice that most of it was just sweet and romanticArthur Another annoying cliché in historical romance is the hunky buff hero who somehow is all muscles even though he doesn't really do anything at all Arthur was no hunk at least he wasn't described as one And that was so great Also he was not a douche a player or a rogue That was great tooTHE THING I DISLIKEDMa'am Maybe this is just me but calling the Stained Glass Pattern Book unmarried woman 'ma'am' seemed sort of misplaced I mean wouldn't 'miss' be accurate? ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review FOLLOW MY BLOG FOR MORE BOOK GOODNESS

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Obsessed with acuiring one of a kind treasures To escape the duke's clutches she's going to need a little help An Unlikely HeroCaptain Arthur Heywood's days of heroism are long past Grievously injured in the Peninsular War he can no longer walk unaided let 45 stars Regency Historical RomanceThis is a touching heartwarming and beautifully tender slow burn historical romance between a kind heroine and an honorable emotionally and physically scarred and disabled war hero both in need of saving I've read and enjoyed every romance by Mimi Matthews and The Work of Art is my favorite I listened to the audiobook and Alex Wyndham did a great job with the narration Figment (Insanity, unaided let 45 stars Regency Historical RomanceThis is a touching heartwarming and beautifully tender slow burn historical romance between a kind heroine and an honorable emotionally and physically scarred and disabled war hero both in need of saving I've read and enjoyed every romance by Mimi Matthews and The Work of Art is my favorite I listened to the audiobook and Alex Wyndham did a great job with the narration


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  1. says:

    SWEET HEARTFELT AND WONDERFUL 🌷🌷Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for historical romance Therefore it is unusual for me to find an author I didn't know about in advance With Mimi Matthews that was the case but now I want to read from her hand because this was just wonderful Without a pitying look or a word of sympathy Miss Satterthwaite had lent him her support And she'd done it in just such a way as to spare his foolish pride THE THINGS I LIKEDPhilly and Arthur The most important thing with any historical romance novel is definitely a strong leading couple Usually however historical romance authors tend to build a relationship for their leading couples around lust and physicality Honestly it's getting boring to me Mimi Matthews did not fall into that trap Instead she build a true deep and very emotional connection between Arthur and Philly and that made the entire book so specialFeeling As the relationship between the two MC's the entire feeling of the book was so light heartfelt and sweet While I don't mind mystery or hardship which this book had it was nice that most of it was just sweet and romanticArthur Another annoying cliché in historical romance is the hunky buff hero who somehow is all muscles even though he doesn't really do anything at all Arthur was no hunk at least he wasn't described as one And that was so great Also he was not a douche a player or a rogue That was great tooTHE THING I DISLIKEDMa'am Maybe this is just me but calling the unmarried woman 'ma'am' seemed sort of misplaced I mean wouldn't 'miss' be accurate? ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review FOLLOW MY BLOG FOR MORE BOOK GOODNESS


  2. says:

    It's becoming harder and harder to find really good freshly written HRs A shame because HRs are my chosen escape from reality read something I'm needing and lately whenever I crawl out from under that rock where I've been hiding to escape the never ending depressing news cycles So hallelujah and thanks Ms Matthews For a brief moment I was lost in the world of a delightful Regency romance with really charming main characters and a heartwarming love storyThe plot is not anything new Lovely innocent young woman from Devonshire alone in the world after the death of her grandparents is brought to London by distant and unaffectionate relatives who are hoping to get her married off ASAP She is uncomfortable with their choice an older cold and uncharismatic duke known as The Collector because of his obsession with acuiring uniue treasures And our heroine Phyllida is just such a uniue treasure She's lovely But than that she's heterochromatic with one blue eye and one amber She has been given the nickname The Work of Art because of this and the duke is set on her for his new wife And her relatives are looking forward to the money they will receive for this marriage transactionThen we have our hero Captain Arthur Heywood He's a Peninsular War hero wounded so badly that he can no longer walk without a cane is never free of pain and suffers from PTSD He's almost a recluse but has been forced to London by his father to check out a possible business investment with Phyllida's uncle So he and Philly meet and become friends I'll not say about this because it pretty much goes along as you would expect with perhaps only a few surprisesThe plot's not really the thing anyway It's the romance It's the truly appealing hero and heroine It's the way their friendship develops into love These two characters were perhaps too good to be true but I needed to meet some really good people at the moment even if they were fictional And they are perfect for each other Philly is a kindhearted country girl at heart She's not fond of the social life in London Arthur especially since his injuries is not interested in the city and its social life eitherPhilly has a compassionate heart She can't stand by if she sees a way to give help or support in any way as is evidenced by her motley crew of dogs who came to London with her most formerly abused one with only three legs Captain Heywood is an honorable man albeit a reticent reclusive one So I sat back Kindle in hand to see how these two would deal with each other Both need a rescue Philly from her unkind family and that unwanted marriage and Arthur needs healing to feel like a whole man in spite of the limitations of his injuries To take a line from the movie Jerry Maguire these two complete each other And they communicate Yes there is actual communication There are misunderstandings but author Matthews doesn't allow these to fester They are almost immediately addressed in conversations Nicely doneI can't uite say that this is a 5 star book I did not appreciate the heroine's TSTL moment near the end It was necessary I suppose so that the hero could do what he did to remedy the situation But stillI'm not fond of TSTL actions Nonetheless this is a great little romance and hit the spot for me


  3. says:

    5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heartfelt stars This cover is gorgeous ♥️♥️♥️This was such a romantic story that I can’t uit smiling I LOVED it This book made me so happy that I’ll be thinking about it for weeks Mimi Matthews is one of my favorite authors and I get so excited when she writes a new book SIGHIt’s about a lady and her pets and a gentleman who was wounded in the war Both are lost in their new surroundings and became friends under the most unlikely circumstances Their story is very very sweet and precious It also had a bit of mystery that kept me guessing and I’ll have to say that this is my favorite book of hers so far If you want a wonderful story with romance and mystery then this is your book What I loved • The Romance • The Chemistry • Arthur whose my new book boyfriend • Philly sweet precious girl • The time period • HEA This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own


  4. says:

    I enjoyed this one You know it didn't have the real drama that I usually love in my Historicals It didn't have the overbearing ass of a hero the brooding Mr Darcy or the Westland I know and love so well a returned war hero and a strong heroine were enough to carry this story for me Arthur Heywood is the second son of the Earl of Gordon He was horribly hurt in the war An injured tortured hero one of my favourites themes Arthur had never seen her look so vulnerable nor so very beautiful You think me very silly don't you?I think you very sweet There had been no lady to weep for him when he was away fighting on the peninsula The apple trees were in full bloom I have read another book by this author and I did enjoy it but not as much as I did this one I will definitely read by Ms Matthews And I will definitely be checking out the TV series Victoria where I took the images from Arthur retuned her smile with a rare smile of his own


  5. says:

    5 STARS “You’re so perfect that when I look at you I can scarcely believe you’re mine” His voice roughened with tenderness “But you are mine By whatever miracle And though I’m unworthy now if it takes the rest of my life I will endeavor to deserve you” LOVED LOVED LOVED this Such a sweet romance Two characters that I just adored Of course there were the occasional moments of stupid misunderstanding but they were indeed short lived Thank goodness There was also a hint of mystery that keeps you guessing up until the end I am so impressed with Matthews' writing I have put her on my pre order list Looking forward to her next one


  6. says:

    45 stars Regency Historical RomanceThis is a touching heartwarming and beautifully tender slow burn historical romance between a kind heroine and an honorable emotionally and physically scarred and disabled war hero both in need of saving I've read and enjoyed every romance by Mimi Matthews and The Work of Art is my favorite I listened to the audiobook and Alex Wyndham did a great job with the narration


  7. says:

    Mimi Matthews has done it again With every new book of Mimi's that I read I think to myself clearly she can't top this oneand yet she does Every dang timeThe Work of Art is actually one of Mimi's earliest books but was never released until now It makes me so sad to think of this beautiful book sitting all alone but now it's getting the love it deserves and I could not be thrilled for that When Phyllida Satterthwaite's beloved grandfather and only guardian passes away her Uncle moves her to London so that she might make her debut and find a husband Her beauty and uniue eyes grab the attention of the men in town including the scandalous Duke of Moreland who is known as a collector of rare and uniue items Now he wants Phyllidaand he is used to getting what he wantsCaptain Arthur Heywood was injured in the Peninsular War and can only walk with the assistance of a cane While he prefers to stay at home in his country estate away from society business brings him to London and the home of Phyllida's Uncle Her beauty is not lost on Arthur and they soon become friends When the dangerous Duke of Moreland sets his sights on Phyllida despite her not being interested Arthur steps in with an offer to helpI have to say that Phyllida and Arthur are my most favorite fictional couple ever I'm not the easiest reader of romances I've never been one for the lovey dovey stuff but I swear Mimi is converting me If any book can be called swoon worthy it's The Work of Art Not only is this a book for romance fans but also a book for animal lovers Phyllida's love for her dogs and animals was my favorite thing about her As someone that drove an hour away last week to save an injured chipmunk I can totally relate to her Mimi's books always bring a smile to my face and I was totally grinning ear to ear when I finished The Work of Art I could not love it and will be shouting about this book to anyone who will listenI do believe that The Work of Art is my favorite Mimi Matthews bookthat is until the next one releases


  8. says:

    I've only recently discovered the stories of Mimi Matthews and I can't read them fast enough I was thrilled to see that a new one was releasing this summer I loved the vivid characters and the uniue plot that made the story fresh and interesting Marriage of convenience is one of my favorite tropes and this one did not disappoint There is an element of suspense as Arthur protects Philly from her mercenary uncle and the eccentric duke which only continues as the danger follows them to their country estate The genuine friendship they share blossoms into attraction love and romance with lovely chemistry I appreciated that they share in each other's vulnerabilities and provide true encouragement and support Philly's dogs are a fun addition to the story and play a vital role in the plot as well as various society friends A vibrant well rounded RegencyI received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own


  9. says:

    Easy to recommend this soon to be released Regency Romance by Mimi Matthews Chocked full of characters I liked very much—an animal loving yet orphaned female protagonist and the injured war hero meet in London where her greedy uncle is trying to marry her off to one of the richest yet mysterious men in England What a page turner as Philly and the captain elope and escape to his estate in the country — though all is not as it seems when a cryptic message arrives claiming the captain has “stolen what belongs to me” Just when I thought things were coming to an unsatisfactory predictable ending Matthews pulled a rabbit out of a hat—and surprised me afterall Excellent intrigue that you don’t want to miss


  10. says:

    Such fun Romantic engaging just an all around winsome story I’m never sure about how a man is going to sound narrating a woman’s dialogue but Alex Wyndham does a great job