It’s release day for my new Regency romance Gentleman Jim!! To celebrate, I’m embarking on an epic virtual book tour, complete with reviews, excerpts, and a giveaway. There’s also a special Reader FAQ, and a Gentleman Jim Pinterest board with images of how I imagine the characters!
The early response to Gentleman Jim has been amazing. So far, it’s received starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus. The Historical Novel Society calls it “an utter delight,” and NPR says that “Readers who love lots of intrigue and historicals that sound properly historical will savor this one.” Best of all, many advance readers have told me that this was the book that broke their pandemic reader’s block!
Gentleman Jim was inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) and Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749). It was also inspired by my love for Georgette Heyer novels, and is probably the most Heyer-esque of all of my historical romances. It’s going to be my last for a while, so I’m hoping to go out with a bang!
Advance Praise for Gentleman Jim
“Tartly elegant. . . . A vigorous, sparkling, and entertaining love story with plenty of Austen-ite wit.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance, filled with scheming and betrayals, and featuring a courageous heroine in fragile health paired with a hero bent on retribution who isn’t too good to be true.” -Library Journal, starred review
“Readers who love lots of intrigue and historicals that sound properly historical will savor this one.” -NPR
“Matthews demonstrates that even a frothy Regency romp can carry rewarding emotional heft. Gentleman Jim is an utter delight.” -Historical Novel Society
Gentleman Jim Blog Tour Schedule
You can enter to win a signed paperback copy of Gentleman Jim at Relz Reviewz HERE.
- Nov 09 Relz Reviewz (Character Spotlight)
- Nov 09 Life of Literature (Review)
- Nov 09 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
- Nov 10 Savvy Verse and Wit (Interview)
- Nov 10 Greenish Bookshelf (Review)
- Nov 11 Library of Clean Reads (Review)
- Nov 11 Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt)
- Nov 12 Bookworm Lisa (Review)
- Nov 12 Heidi Reads (Review)
- Nov 13 Lu’s Reviews (Review)
- Nov 14 The Green Mockingbird (Review)
- Nov 15 Bookish Rantings (Review)
- Nov 15 The Lit Bitch (Review)
- Nov 16 The Historical Fiction Reader (Review)
- Nov 16 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
- Nov 17 Inkwell Inspirations (Review)
- Nov 17 Robin Loves Reading (Review)
- Nov 18 Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)
- Nov 18 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt)
- Nov 19 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
- Nov 20 Jorie Loves a Story (Spotlight)
- Nov 20 Foxes and Fairy Tales (Review)
- Nov 21 Gwendalyn’s Books (Excerpt)
- Nov 22 Romantically Inclined Reviews (Review)
- Nov 22 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
- Nov 22 Vesper’s Place (Spotlight)
- Nov 23 Fiction Aficionado (Review)
- Nov 23 Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)
- Nov 24 Let Them Read Books (Interview)
- Nov 25 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)
- Nov 25 So Little Time… (Spotlight)
- Nov 27 Among the Reads (Review)
- Nov 28 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)
- Nov 29 Book Bustle (Review)
- Nov 30 Cup of Tea with that Book Please (Review)
- Dec 01 Nurse Bookie (Review)
- Dec 02 Confessions of a Book Addict (Review)
- Dec 02 Impressions in Ink (Review)
- Dec 03 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
- Dec 04 Relz Reviewz (Review)
- Dec 04 Rosanne E. Lortz (Review)
- Dec 05 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)
- Dec 05 Probably at the Library (Review)
- Dec 06 The Calico Critic (Excerpt)
Gentleman Jim FAQ
Q: Is this a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas?
A: No, but The Count of Monte Cristo definitely served as inspiration. To that end, there’s a section of the story that could be interpreted as gaslighting. If this is a trigger for you as a reader, you may want to avoid this one.
Q: Is this a “clean” romance?
A: Gentleman Jim is still closed door as far as sex is concerned. However, I would consider this novel to be a bit hotter than the rest of my books.
Q: Who is the character on the cover?
A: I imagine the man on the cover to be Gentleman Jim, the eponymous highwayman. You’ll notice that he’s wearing a Georgian-style coat and hat.
Q: Will there be a sequel?
A: Very possibly! I do plan to eventually link up my two Regency romances. Philly and Arthur were expecting a child at the end of The Work of Art, and I think their serious, quiet son would be a great match for Maggie and St. Clare’s hellion of a daughter.
A Few Extra Goodies
If you’d like to see some of the visuals that inspired me while I was writing this story (including who I’d cast in each of the roles), you can click through to the Gentleman Jim Pinterest Board.
Want to learn more about St. Clare and Maggie Honeywell, the hero and heroine of Gentleman Jim? Stop by Relz Reviewz for a character spotlight and giveaway!
If you purchase a copy of Gentleman Jim (or any of my books!) this week, please do stop by my Facebook or Twitter page and let me know so that I can thank you personally. And please don’t forget to leave a review at Goodreads and/or Amazon. I truly hope you all enjoy St. Clare and Maggie’s love story!
Advance Praise for John Eyre
“In this thrilling remix of Charlotte Brontë’s work, Matthews skillfully transforms a well-known story into a truly original tale.” -Kirkus Reviews
“[Matthews] retells Charlotte Bronte’s classic story in a way that will keep fans of the original novel totally gripped from cover to cover… Fresh and dynamic… Fast-paced and spellbinding…a book you will have a hard time putting down.” -Readers Favorite
“One of the most moving, suspenseful, innovative and remarkable retellings of a classic in the history of, well, ever… Every page is sheer rapture as [Matthews] moulds popular source material into a spell-binding creation so wholly her own.” -Rachel McMillan, bestselling author of The London Restoration
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