From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:
I have great news to broadcast today. Bestselling historical romance author Mimi Matthews has a new book in the queue. We are thrilled to share with our readers everything we know about the novel and reveal the stunning cover!
Gentleman Jim arrives on November 3, 2020, continuing the author’s previous novels containing intriguing and endearing heroes and heroines set in Regency and Victorian England. This new novel was inspired by Mimi’s admiration of classic literature and the traditional Regency romance genre and features adventure, revenge, and of course romance. Here is a description of the book from the author, and then the big cover reveal.
A swashbuckling, second chance Regency romance, inspired by the author’s love of Georgette Heyer romances, and of Henry Fielding’s eighteenth century novel Tom Jones.
She couldn’t forget…
Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.
He wouldn’t forgive…
After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful—and entirely convinced he’s someone else.
As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain the other? Or with a little luck—and a lot of daring—will he find a way to have them both?
Now without further ado, here is the beautiful book cover design by artist James Egan of Gentleman Jim!
I have read the prologue and the first few chapters and must say that for me this is one of the most highly anticipated books of the Fall historical romance lineup.
For those of you who are new to Mimi’s novels, here are some impressive quotes and a feature highlighting her bestselling series, The Parish Orphans of Devon.
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF MIMI MATTHEWS
- “Matthews has a knack for creating slow-building chemistry and an intriguing plot with a social history twist.”—Library Journal
- “For this impressive Victorian romance, Matthews crafts a tale that sparkles with chemistry and impresses with strong character development.”—Publisher’s Weekly
- “As always, Matthews’s attention to historical accuracy is impeccable.”—Kirkus Reviews
- “Matthews is a bright, shining star in historical romance and I look forward to the next installment in the series.”—Austenprose
FEATURED BOOKS BY MIMI MATTHEWS
The Parish Orphans of Devon Series
The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon Book 1)
Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household–and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.
A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon Book 2)
Solicitor Tom Finchley has spent his life using his devious intellect to solve the problems of others. As for his own problems, they’re nothing that a bit of calculated vengeance can’t remedy. But that’s all over now. Former lady’s companion Jenny Holloway has just been given a modest independence. Now, all she wants is a bit of adventure. A chance to see the world and experience life far outside the restrictive limits of Victorian England. If she can discover the fate of the missing Earl of Castleton while she’s at it, so much the better.
A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon Book 3)
It’s been three years since Laura Hayes’s father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family’s failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. Alex has no tolerance for sentiment. He’s returned to England for one reason only: to find a wealthy wife. A country-bred heiress in Surrey seems the perfect target. But somewhere between the village railway station and the manor house, his mercenary plan begins to unravel. And it’s all the fault of Laura Hayes–a lady as unsuitable as she is enchanting.
The Winter Companion (Parish Orphans of Devon Book 4)
As a lady’s companion, Clara Hartwright never receives much attention from anyone. And that’s precisely how she likes it. With a stormy past and an unconventional plan for her future, it’s far safer to remain invisible. Neville Cross has always been more comfortable with animals than people. An accident in his youth has left him with a brain injury that affects his speech. Finding the right things to say to a lovely young lady’s companion seems downright impossible. But Miss Hartwright is no ordinary companion. In fact, there may not be anything ordinary about her at all.
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper historical romances set in Victorian and Regency England. Her articles on nineteenth-century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.
Gentleman Jim, by Mimi Matthews
Perfectly Proper Press (November 3, 2020)
Trade paperback, & eBook
Thank you so much for joining us today, and thank you to author Mimi Matthews for choosing Austenprose.com for her cover reveal of her latest novel.
Gentleman Jim is now available for pre-order at a reduced price. Visit these online retailers to secure the discount while it lasts.
Cover image, book description, author bio courtesy of Perfectly Proper Press © 2020; text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2020, austenprose.com