Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews

About the Book

An Uncommon Beauty…

Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it’s caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland—a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the duke’s clutches, she’s going to need a little help.

An Unlikely Hero…

Captain Arthur Heywood’s days of heroism are long past. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name.

Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her—and her heart—in more danger than ever?

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The Work of Art audiobook by Mimi Matthews


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Narrator: Alex Wyndham
Format: Unabridged
Runtime: 9h 28m


One of Barnes & Noble’s 21 Romances to Love This Fall

One of Bookstr’s Five of the Hottest Romance Novels this Side of the Web

“In her sixth historical romance, Matthews weaves suspense and mystery within an absorbing love story. Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end. Highly recommended to historical romance and/or mystery buffs and especially animal lovers.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“The author seamlessly combines a suspenseful tale and a soaring romance, the plot by turns sweetly moving and dramatically stirring.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Strongly recommended.”

Historical Novel Society

“Mimi Matthews pens a thrilling novel of a young lady at the mercy of distant relations who do not have her best interests at heart…a deliciously enchanting novel which was a delight to read.”

Readers’ Favorite

“A story as beautiful, atmospheric, and arresting as its haunting cover…In its pages are romance, adventure, bravery, and humor…and my absolute favorite—the universal themes of courage, loss, and restoration. I highly recommend this enchanting and thought-provoking novel for your Summer 2019 to-read list.”


“Truly a work of art…when it comes to this book, romance and suspense are a match made in heaven.”

Bookstr (Five of the Hottest Romance Novels this Side of the Web)

“If all Regency Romances were written as well as ‘The Work of Art,’ I would read them all…[Matthews] has a true gift for storytelling.”

The Herald-Dispatch

The Work of Art is a marvel of Regency romance writing… a charming, beautifully written, character driven romance, with a dash of intrigue, I cannot recommend this more, it is utterly perfect.”

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

“I crave well written historical romances and this fit the bill perfectly. A fantastic story. Highly recommend!”

Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Just as the title suggests, this book was a work of art…I strongly encourage readers to pick up this book. It left an everlasting impact in my heart.”

Long and Short Reviews

The Work of Art is a beautifully written and emotionally satisfying story of two people who discover that they are their best selves when together…A definite must read for romance lovers, and one of the best Mimi Matthews books I’ve read in ages!”

BookWyrm Reader

“A sweet testament to the healing power of love, this story is perfection.”

Love at 1st Read

“Wonderfully, thoroughly immersing…This book is definitely on my ‘Best of 2019’ list!”

The Compulsive Reader

“What a page turner…Excellent intrigue that you don’t want to miss!”

Christina Boyd, The Quill Ink

“Each new foray into historical England (and beyond!) with author Mimi Matthews is an immersive cultural and literary experience, brimming with historical accuracy to make any history nerd happy and a swoony romance to satisfy the heart…The Work of Art is a Regency masterpiece to be appreciated.”

The Green Mockingbird

“You will not be able to put this book down. It is totally engrossing, romantic, beautifully written and full of intrigue…I highly recommend this one to all HR readers. It will go on my Best Reads of 2019 list.”

La Deetda Reads

“In true Mimi Matthews fashion, this story is full of broken heroes, damsels in distress, and clean but breathtaking romance…As with all other titles by this author, this book is highly recommended.”

Rosanne Lortz, NetGalley

Contests and Awards

  • 2020 HOLT Medallion Award 
  • 2020 Carla Crown Jewel of Books Award
  • 2020 NJRW Golden Leaf Award — Finalist
  • 2021 Daphne du Maurier Award — Finalist

The Details

Published: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Formats: EbookPaperbackAudiobook
ISBN-10: 1733056912 ISBN-13: 978-1733056915 ASIN: B07SJM7XF6
Genres & Tropes
Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery and Suspense, Clean & Wholesome, Marriage of Convenience

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