Library Journal Pick of the Month
An Amazon Best Romance of January
A Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated New Book Release of 2022
A PopSugar, Oprah Daily, and BookBub Most Anticipated Romance of 2022
A 2023 RUSA Reading List shortlist pick
Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.
Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she’s worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she’ll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London’s attention she’ll need a habit-maker who’s not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.
Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row’s infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.
But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?
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Praise for The Siren of Sussex
“Readers will delight in this paean to women’s fashion and horseback riding.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Matthews brings the Victorian era to vivid life with meticulously researched details and an impossible romance made believable and memorable.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Romance aficionados who love fashion and animals will delight in this tender romance and will be excited to see Evelyn’s friends in future installments.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Readers should expect emotional heft and fascinating historical detail…a tender, empowering love story.”
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Easily the best romance I’ve read so far this year, and is definitely one of my favorite romances of all time.”
—All About Romance (Desert Isle Keeper)
“A masterclass in using fashion history to build character.”