Book Review: The Lily of Ludgate Hill by Mimi Matthews

Posted January 21, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, clean, historical, Mimi Matthews, romance / 5 Comments


The Lily of Ludgate Hill book review

The Lily of Ludgate Hill by Mimi MatthewsTHE LILY OF LUDGATE HILL by Mimi Matthews
SERIES:
Belles of London #3

GENRE: Historical/Victorian Romance (Clean with mild language)
PUBLISHER: Berkley
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2024
PAGES: 428

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.

 

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When you pick up a Mimi Matthews book, you are always in for a richly immersive reading experience. The Lily of Ludgate Hill is no exception. From the vibrant, layered characters to the vividly drawn setting to the delicious romance – oh the romance! – every pitch-perfect element makes the story come alive so that you feel as though you’re right there in the middle of it.

I have been looking forward to Lady Anne’s story because I knew it would be as striking as she is, and I was right. She’s fiercely loyal to her friends (and I loved getting to see some events from The Belle of Belgrave Square again through Anne’s perspective this time) and simultaneously stronger and more vulnerable than she appears (I absolutely adored this dichotomy in her character – so unique). She is a force to be reckoned with, the friend you want in your corner, and a spine of steel struggling to stay upright against warring factions of grief, love, duty, and control. And when it comes to Felix Hartford, well… the line between ‘I love you’ and ‘I hate you’ is a very fine one indeed. On either side of that line there is passion, though, and ooo boy do some delightful sparks fly!

Hart is as beautifully layered a hero as I’ve met in some time. On the surface he is all humor and no substance but with her usual brilliance, Matthews gives even his humor depth. I adored his wit and flirtatious banter when it comes to Anne, too, especially in the hidden meaning he tucks away in his writings for her to find. Not only that, but the author imbues him with such profound longing and an inherent decency that will have you swooning in no time. Like Anne, he too is caught in a battle between love, grief, and duty, and the added dimension these elements added to his character made him all the more swoonworthy and compelling. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Hart, and I can’t wait for you to discover him for yourself.

Bottom Line: The Lily of Ludgate Hill is yet another prime example of Mimi Matthews’ unparalleled ability to immerse readers into the Victorian era while entertaining them with a story that engages all the senses. Lady Anne and Felix’s second chance romance is deliciously passionate (while remaining chaste) and their individual characters are masterfully layered. Add in an endearing parrot-kitten, some compelling subplots, and the power of friendship, and you have a treat you won’t want to put down. The hints we get about Stella’s upcoming story are icing on the proverbial cake, and I cannot wait for book four!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers of this blog may want to be aware that there are some mild curse words scattered throughout this novel, as well as the word God as an occasional expletive and a subplot involving the spiritualism movement of the era.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fabulous book!

KissingBook Level: 4+ / imperative to keep a fan or fainting couch handy

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Mimi Matthews

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and Shelf Awareness, 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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5 responses to “Book Review: The Lily of Ludgate Hill by Mimi Matthews

  1. Patty

    This is one of the few series/boojs that I have paid the full $10.99 Kindle price for! I have this one waiting on my Kindle for me right now.

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