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The Belle of Belgrave Square Release Day & Giveaways!

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I’m celebrating Belle’s release day Julia Wychwood-style with a sensation romance and a huge box of chocolates!
Copyright Ⓒ 2022 by Mimi Matthews

My Beauty and the Beast inspired Victorian romance novel The Belle of Belgrave Square (Belles of London, Book 2) is out today from Berkley/Penguin Random House! To celebrate, I’m giving away a signed, personally annotated paperback copy of the novel. There’s also a book tour, a bonus giveaway for international readers, and other special treats!

Belle is the story of bookish Victorian equestrienne Julia Wychwood. Cursed by a crippling social anxiety, Julia’s never felt at home in fashionable society. When not riding her horse, the only place she truly feels alive is in the pages of a book. Julia devours sensation novels (thrilling tales filled with sinister secrets, locked rooms, and an ever-present sense of danger). Little does she know, her own life—and that of Captain Jasper Blunt, the mysterious, battle-scarred soldier who enters it—will soon be as exciting as any story!

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A PopSugar Best Book of 2022
A BookBub Best Romance of 2022
A Bookish Most Anticipated Book of October

A London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.

Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.

For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety, navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.

In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former hero, the more intrigued she becomes…

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Praise for The Belle of Belgrave Square

“A grand cross-class romance, a twisty mystery, and emotional internal struggles combine to excellent effect in Matthews’s effervescent second Belles of London romance.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Matthews’s second installment in the ‘Belles of London’ series combines deception, risk, and a resourceful heroine to create an intoxicating, suspenseful romance. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Irresistible… The feel of a story from Heyer or even Austen. A swoony Victorian romance that celebrates the genre.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Mimi Matthews never disappoints, with richly drawn characters and couples whose individual shortcomings become strengths, when paired together.”
—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Such tremendous good fun: a heroine with a big horse, an even bigger novel-reading habit, and a hidden anxiety; a hero with a crumbling estate, a trio of wary children, and a literary secret—what’s not to love?”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author

“Romantic, well-researched and intriguing…If you love bookish people, this book is for you.”
All About Romance (Desert Isle Keeper)

The Belle of Belgrave Square: U.S. Giveaway

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This giveaway is for one signed, personally annotated paperback copy of The Belle of Belgrave Square. It’s open exclusively to readers residing in the United States. The giveaway runs through October 30, 2022. The winner will be notified via email.

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Giveaway hosted by Mimi Matthews. No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Open to US residents only. Void where prohibited.

The Belle of Belgrave Square: International Giveaway

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This giveaway is for one signed paperback copy of The Belle of Belgrave Square. It’s open exclusively to International readers. The giveaway runs through October 30, 2022. The winner will be notified via email.

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Giveaway hosted by Mimi Matthews. No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Open to International residents only. Void where prohibited.

Virtual Book Tour

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The Belle of Belgrave Square is on tour with Austenprose! Follow along at the stops below for reviews, spotlights, excerpts, and interviews. The tour runs through October 23rd.

  • Oct 03    Always with a Book (Excerpt)  
  • Oct 03    Amanda’s Book Corner (Review)
  • Oct 03    Books and Socks Rock (Review)
  • Oct 03    Hiding in the Pages (Review)
  • Oct 04    The Quill Ink (Review)
  • Oct 04    Books, Writing & More (Review)
  • Oct 04    Amy’s Booket List (Review)
  • Oct 04    Reading Ladies Book Club (Review)      
  • Oct 05    The Reading Frenzy (Review)
  • Oct 05    Reading Reality (Review)
  • Oct 05    Rosanne Lortz (Review)
  • Oct 06    Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)                
  • Oct 06    Reading is My Superpower (Review)                 
  • Oct 06    Lady with a Quill (Review)       
  • Oct 07    The Bookish Bird (Review)                     
  • Oct 07    History Lizzie (Review)
  • Oct 07    Rendzvous with Reading (Review)
  • Oct 08    Heidi Reads (Review)
  • Oct 08    Book Talk & More (Review)                   
  • Oct 08    Read with Princess 1204 (Review)        
  • Oct 09    The Green Mockingbird (Review)         
  • Oct 09    A Proper Reader (Review)
  • Oct 09    Charlotte Brentwood (Review)
  • Oct 09    A Darn Good Read (Review)    
  • Oct 10    The Readathon (Review)
  • Oct 10    Eleanor Lynn (Review)
  • Oct 10    Austenesque Reviews (Review)            
  • Oct 10    Reading with Emily (Review)   
  • Oct 10    Jocelyne Reads Romance (Review)      
  • Oct 11    All About Romance (Interview)             
  • Oct 11    Let Molly Read (Review)
  • Oct 11    Getting Your Read On (Review)            
  • Oct 11    The Culturess (Interview)                      
  • Oct 11    Calico Critic (Review)
  • Oct 12    Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)                  
  • Oct 12    Between the Lines (Review)
  • Oct 12    The Bashful Bookworm (Review)          
  • Oct 12    Books, Teacups & Review (Review)      
  • Oct 13    What’s that Book About (Excerpt)        
  • Oct 13    All the Lovely Pages (Review)
  • Oct 13    All of a Kind Mom (Review)
  • Oct 13    Bookmarkingit (Review)
  • Oct 14    Bringing Up Books (Review)    
  • Oct 14    Wishful Endings (Review)
  • Oct 14    Confessions of a Book Addict (Review)
  • Oct 15    Novel Kicks (Excerpt)  
  • Oct 15    Eli’s Novel Reviews (Review)                 
  • Oct 15    A Girl Reads Books (Review)
  • Oct 15    Wilde Book Garden (Review)  
  • Oct 16    Becky on Books (Review)
  • Oct 16    Bonnie Reads and Writes (Review)                    
  • Oct 16    Robin Loves Reading (Review)
  • Oct 17    Nurse Bookie (Review)
  • Oct 17    From Pemberley to Milton (Review)    
  • Oct 17    Beauty’s Library Book Blog (Review)
  • Oct 17    Literary Time Out (Review)
  • Oct 17    Lis Loves Reading (Review)      
  • Oct 18    BooknAround (Review)
  • Oct 18    Greenish Bookshelf (Review)  
  • Oct 18    Novels Alive (Review)
  • Oct 18    Celtic Lady Reviews (Excerpt) 
  • Oct 18    A Bookish Way of Life (Review)                          
  • Oct 19    Melissa’s Bookshelf (Review)
  • Oct 19    The Lit Bitch (Review)
  • Oct 19    One Book More (Review)
  • Oct 20    Furr the Love of Reading (Review)                     
  • Oct 20    Bookworm Lisa (Review)
  • Oct 20    Captivated Reading (Review)  
  • Oct 20    Roaming the Pages (Review)
  • Oct 21    Library of Clean Reads (Review)
  • Oct 21    Tar Heel Reader (Review)
  • Oct 21    Birdhouse Books (Review)       
  • Oct 21    Laura’s Reviews (Review)
  • Oct 22    Stacy’s Books (Review)
  • Oct 22    The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)                     
  • Oct 22    CozyNookBooks (Review)
  • Oct 23    The Literature Chick Book Blog (Review)                         
  • Oct 23    The Contented Reader (Review)           
  • Oct 23    Inkwell Inspirations (Review)
  • Oct 23    Lu’s Reviews (Review)
  • Oct 23    The Grateful Reader (Review)         


Q: Is this a “clean” romance?

A: The Belle of Belgrave Square is a “closed door” romance. This means there is no sex on the page. There is, however, plenty of emotional passion.  

Q: Do you have to read the first book in the series to understand this story?

A: Not at all! Belle works perfectly well as a standalone story.

Q: Are any of the characters from your Parish Orphans of Devon series in this novel?

A: Yes! Tom and Jenny Finchley from A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 2) appear in this story. 

A Few Extra Goodies

The Belle of Belgrave Square Pinterest Board

Want 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)? Click through to the Pinterest Board! Belle Pinterest IG 1

My article on the Enduring Appeal of Victorian Sensation Novels

If you’d like to learn more about the Victorian-era inspiration for The Belle of Belgrave Square, check out my article at Women Writers, Women’s Books! No spoilers, only lots of literary context.

My Andalusian Horses

The Belles of London was inspired by my own love of horses and riding. Click through to learn more about my late Andalusian dressage horse, Centelleo, who was my muse for the series. You can also learn about my new Andalusian filly, Asteria!

If you purchase a copy of The Belle of Belgrave Square (or any of my books!), please do stop by my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram 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 Julia and Captain Blunt’s love story!

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Mimi’s books are also available at Penguin Random House, IndieBound and Powell’s, and at Amazon in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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