Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews

The Lily of Ludgate Hill

Book 3: Belles of London

About the Book

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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Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden and Samuel Roukin
Format: Unabridged
Runtime: 15 hrs


“No one writes Victorian romance like Mimi Matthews, and her Belles of London series just keeps getting better! No-nonsense Lady Anne has renounced marriage and devoted herself to two things—her band of equestrienne friends, and her widowed mother still locked in deepest crepe-veiled mourning. But a dashing former suitor blasts back into Anne’s shuttered world bringing passion and change in his wake, and Anne must decide if she will embrace life or remain safe in her chrysalis. THE LILY OF LUDGATE made me smile from beginning to end.”

—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye

“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 of What the River Knows

“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, but it sits lightly on the page, never interfering with her memorable and sympathetically drawn characters. I loved Anne and Hart, was instantly and completely consumed by their tangled past and seemingly impossible future, and I’ve added their story to my keeper shelf along with the rest of Mimi Matthews’s novels. She really is that good!”

—Jennifer Robson, International bestselling author of Coronation Year

“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 (The Siren of Sussex, 2022) and the second (The Belle of Belgrave Square, 2022) . . . The Victorian era, in the years following the death of Prince Albert, with all its social restrictions, prejudices, and technological innovations, is an intriguing background for this lovely story of secrets and love lost and found.”

Booklist (starred review)

“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. The plot dovetails nicely with the previous two books while standing alone enough to be appreciated by newcomers. Historical romance fans are sure to be moved.”

Publishers Weekly

“In this third installment of her Belles of London series, 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

“An engaging series installment offering a second chance at love to a spunky heroine and a hero with hidden depths.”

Library Journal 

“In The Lily of Ludgate Hill, the warm and witty third installment in her Belles of London series, historical romance author Mimi Matthews explores the tension between duty and love–and the allure of taking risks in both areas…Matthews deftly skewers the deep prejudices of Victorian London society, while still acknowledging what her characters stand to lose if they break too many rules. Readers of Matthews’s previous novels will enjoy cameos by Julia, Stella, and Evelyn, Anne’s fellow equestriennes, as well as whip-smart banter and crackling romantic tension. Ultimately, Matthews’s characters must face their own fears as well as society’s criticisms. The leaps they take–on horseback and off–prove rewarding as well as entertaining.

Shelf Awareness

Book Club Kit

Considering The Lily of Ludgate Hill for your next book club? My publisher Berkley Romance has created a gorgeous book club kit for you to use, including discussion questions and a special letter from me to you! 

The Details

Published: January 16, 2024
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 430
Formats: EbookPaperbackAudiobook
ISBN-13: 9780593337189 ASIN: B0C2P68LJS
Genres & Tropes
Victorian Romance, Historical Romance, Horses, Second-Chance, Enemies to Lovers

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