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The Lily of Ludgate Hill Release Day & Giveaways!

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My new Victorian romance The Lily of Ludgate Hill (Belles of London, Book 3) is out today from Berkley/Penguin Random House! To celebrate, I’m giving away a a signed set of the first three books in the series, along with some amazing Belles of London bookmarks and notecards. There’s also a book tour, a bonus giveaway for international readers, and other special treats!

Lily is a sweet second-chance romance between strong-willed Victorian equestrienne Lady Anne Deveril and her roguish former sweetheart, Mr. Felix “Hart” Hartford. Expect lots of fun banter, swoony kisses, strong female friendships, and plenty of family drama (both poignant and comical). You’ll also get to revisit Julia and Jasper Blunt in Yorkshire, attend Evie and Ahmad’s wedding in London, and witness Stella Hobhouse’s first meeting with irreverent pre-Impressionist artist Teddy Hayes!

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A BookBub Best Romance of Winter 2024!

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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Praise for The Lily of Ludgate Hill

“No one writes Victorian romance like Mimi Matthews, and her Belles of London series just keeps getting better! The Lily of Ludgate Hill made me smile from beginning to end.”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author

“Mimi is truly a national treasure. All of her books are filled with such delicious chemistry and heart, and her writing is superb. This one is another winner. Highly recommend.”
—Isabel Ibañez, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I’ve long been a devoted fan of Mimi Matthews, and with The Lily of Ludgate Hill, the delightful continuation of her Belles of London series, my admiration of her work has only increased. Her command of historical detail is faultless…I loved Anne and Hart, was instantly and completely consumed by their tangled past and seemingly impossible future.”
Jennifer Robson, International bestselling author

“Mimi Matthews is a master at combining rich, historical detail with an emotionally tender love story. Watching Anne come into her own while Hart’s long denied flame for her nearly burns him alive was absolutely delightful. I loved The Lily of Ludgate Hill and I hope this series never ends.”
—Harper St. George, author of The Stranger I Wed

“It is truly a wonder how Matthews can consistently craft fresh romances featuring unique, multidimensional characters who face huge obstacles to their relationships. The third book in her best-selling Belles of London series is as fresh and exciting as the first and the second.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“Matthews delivers another richly detailed and emotionally tender closed-door romance. The lovingly crafted leads are both trying to do the right thing for their loved ones. The beauty and complexity in this story is that there isn’t always one right answer to every dilemma. Anne and Felix try, and they err, and they try again. It’s this realness that makes these characters interesting and their relationship captivating. A lovely romance with sophisticated emotions.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Grief and familial duty separate a couple, but a road trip brings them back together in Matthews’s sparkling third Belles of London Victorian romance…Their beautifully fleshed out arcs offer a poignant portrait of the destabilizing effects of loss and the strength in forging a new life with the help of loved ones. Historical romance fans are sure to be moved.”
—Publishers Weekly


The Lily of Ludgate Hill: U.S. Giveaway

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Enter to win a signed set of the first three Belles of London books: The Siren of Sussex, The Belle of Belgrave Square, and The Lily of Ludgate Hill! I’m also throwing in some Siren and Belle bookmarks and postcards, designed by Farjana Yasmin!! This giveaway is open exclusively to readers residing in the United States. The giveaway runs through January 26th. The winner will be notified via email.

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Terms & Conditions:

Giveaway hosted by Mimi Matthews. No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Open to US residents only. All information will remain confidential and will not be sold or otherwise used, except to notify the winner and to facilitate postage of the book to the winner. Void where prohibited.

The Lily of Ludgate Hill Celebration Giveaway:

1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following:

One paperback copy of The Siren of Sussex
One paperback copy of The Belle of Belgrave Square
One paperback copy of The Lily of Ludgate Hill

All three books will be signed and personalized to the winner by Mimi Matthews.

Giveaway is open from 12.01 am Pacific time 1/16/24 until 11.59pm Pacific time on 1/26/24.

The winner will be announced on Mimi Matthews’ blog on 1/29/24.


The Lily of Ludgate Hill: International Giveaway

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This giveaway is for one signed paperback copy of The Lily of Ludgate Hill and a set of Siren and Belle bookmarks and postcards. It’s open exclusively to international readers. The giveaway runs through January 26th. The winner will be notified via email. 

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Terms & Conditions:

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

The Lily of Ludgate Hill INTERNATIONAL Giveaway:

1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following:

Signed copy of The Lily of Ludgate Hill<br />
A set of The Siren of Sussex and The Belle of Belgrave Square postcards and bookmarks

Giveaway is open from 12.01 am Pacific time 1/16/24 until 11.59pm Pacific time on 1/26/24.

The winner will be announced on Mimi’s blog – mimimatthews.com – on 1/29/24. 


Virtual Book Tour

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The Lily of Ludgate Hill is on tour with Austenprose! You can follow along at the stops. The tour runs through January 29th.


FAQ

Q: Is this a “clean” romance?

A: Lily is a “closed door” romance. This means there’s no sex on the page. There is, however, plenty of emotional passion.  

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

A: Not at all! Lily works perfectly well as a standalone story. However, you may enjoy some of the secondary storylines a bit more if you’ve read The Siren of Sussex and The Belle of Belgrave Square.

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

A:Yes! Alex Archer and Teddy Hayes from A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 3) both make an appearance. You also get to see Ahmad Malik from A Modest Independence (Parish Orphans of Devon, Book 2).


A Few Extra Goodies

The Lily of Ludgate Hill 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

Lily Pinterest BoardBelles of London Rag Dolls
My amazingly talented mom made Belles of London rag dolls! There’s one for each of the four horsewomen: Evie, Julia, Anne, and Stella. She designed the riding habits herself, using fashion prints from the 1860s as her guide. The doll’s bodies are made from Ann Wood’s ‘Elegant Rag Doll’ pattern. Here are two pics from Lily’s release day celebration, one with Anne and her pink macarons and one with all the Belles supporting each other. ❤️ (There are more pics on my Instagram!)

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My Andalusian Horses
My Belles of London series 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!

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I’ll be checking my social media throughout the day, so if you purchase a copy of Lily (or any of my books!), do stop by my FacebookTwitter, or Instagram and let me know so I can thank you personally. And please don’t forget to leave a review at Goodreads and/or Amazon. I truly hope you enjoy Anne and Hart’s love story! ❤️

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UPDATE!!

Congratulations to the winners of the U.S. and International Giveaways! My assistant has reached out privately to arrange shipment of your prizes.

Lily winners

About 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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