About the Book
A BookBub Best Romance of Winter 2024!
Fortune favors the bold—but is a confirmed spinster daring enough to loosen the reins and accept a favor from the wicked gentleman who haunts her dreams?
Lady Anne Deveril doesn’t spook easily. A woman of lofty social standing known for her glacial beauty and starchy opinions, she’s the unofficial leader of her small group of equestriennes. Since her mother’s devastating plunge into mourning six years ago, Anne voluntarily renounced any fanciful notions of love and marriage. And yet, when fate puts Anne back into the entirely too enticing path of Mr. Felix Hartford, she’s tempted to run…right into his arms.
No one understands why Lady Anne withdrew into the shadows of society, Hart least of all. The youthful torch he once held for her has long since cooled. Or so he keeps telling himself. But now Anne needs a favor to help a friend. Hart will play along with her little ruse—on the condition that Anne attend a holiday house party at his grandfather’s country estate. No more mourning clothes. No more barriers. Only the two of them, unrequited feelings at last laid bare.
Finally free to gallop out on her own, Anne makes the tantalizing discovery that beneath the roguish exterior of her not-so-white knight is a man with hidden depths, scorching passions—and a tender heart.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication 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.
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From the turn of the first page, readers will adore this sweet and swoony second chance Victorian romance. The story is about Lady Anne Deveril, who is a beautiful and headstrong woman who withdrew from society due to her widowed mother, who is still mourning her father’s death. It’s about once again crossing paths with love interest Felix Hartford and him charming his way into her heart and enticing her to pull out of her mourning blacks and re-enter society, rather than remain a spinster. It’s about overcoming the hardships of life and getting not only a second chance at love, but a second chance at a relationship with her mother. This is such a powerful story about relationships and pushing through trials in life. An excellent installment to the Bells of London series that readers will not want to miss out on.
Series: Bells of London
Genre: Victorian, romance
Publication date: January 16, 2024
Number of pages: 432
Other books in the series:
1-The Siren of Sussex
2-The Belle of Belgrave Square
4-The Muse of Maiden Lane (coming October 2024)
Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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