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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 l
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Expected publication: July 23rd 2019 by Perfectly Proper Press
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Christina
Easy to recommend this soon-to-be released Regency Romance by Mimi Matthews. Chocked full of characters I liked very much—an animal-loving yet orphaned female protagonist and the injured war hero meet in London where her greedy uncle is trying to marry her off to one of the richest yet mysterious men in England. What a page turner as Philly and the captain elope and escape to his estate in the country — though all is not as it seems when a cryptic message arrives, claiming the captain has “stole ...more
Elodie
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It will be an impossible task to convey the emotions this very book made me feel.
I do not know why Mrs Mimi Matthews’ name clicked right for me as I’m sure it is my first reading of her work.
Whatever, it was such a marvelous read, I lost myself in Philly and Arthur’s tale and cursed my daily cores as they kept me from reading a big part of the day, with I read it late this night and wake up earlier to finish it as my eyes decided to have a will of their own to shut me down.
I found no fault in Mr
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Maria
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
4.5 stars.
A solid, well-written historical novel, very emotional and romantic, with a solemn, honorable, wounded hero and a wonderful, smart heroine, “The Work of Art”, by Mimi Matthews, is a pleasure to read.
Arthur and Philly’s relationship is so tender and sweet, full of embracing, kissing and lap sitting. I loved that they’re so candid and honest with each other from the beginning, and that they really communicate. And the way t
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Victoria
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

this was SO cute but regency novels are not my stuff, I prefer the victorian era. you're probably wondering aren't they the same thing? THEY ARE NOT if you know you know lol.

anyways I think Mimi Matthews is my favourite historical romance author.

arc by Netgalley.
Sarah
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phyllida (Philly) Satterthwaite's entire life has chnged since the death of her grandfather. Now she must rely on the hospitality of others, she has been taken into her uncle's household. But she soon begins to realize that he cares nothing for her happiness or safety, merely his own business schemes. She has been feeling isolated and stifled, the only person around her she can feel safe or understood around is Arthur Heywood and so she turns to him for help.

Captain Arthur Heywood's life changed
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Suzannah
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews is an incredible story. I fell in love with the characters from the start. Captain Arthur Heywood is a wounded warrior returned home from the war with Napoleon. He is a man with hidden inner pain as well as an injured leg. “He was much taller than the other gentlemen, with broad shoulders and a lean, athletic build that seemed at odds with his use of a cane. Whatever had happened to him in the war, he still had the proud, upright carriage of a soldier. His hair w ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the remarkable Phyllida Satterthwaite comes to town to stay with her uncle, she has the modest expectation of being treated to a London season and falling in love with a good man who won't mind her lack of fortune. What she doesn't expect is to be the talk of the ton on account of her unusually-colored eyes and unparalleled beauty. As the season begins, the lords and ladies of high society wait with bated breath for Phyllida to be snapped up by "the Collector." The Duke of Moreland, a cruel ...more
Andrex
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Take a trip back in time to London, England in 1814. There you will meet Captain Arthur Heywood, a war veteran. This young man of 32 was injured in the battle of Albuera in 1811 and for the last 3 years has kept himself pretty much isolated. In today's world he would have been diagnosed with PTSD as the nightmare of war continues to rear its ugly head once in a while. Although his estate is in Somersetshire, Arthur is in London on a business trip at the home of Edgar Townsend. Here he meets Town ...more
Patti Wolff
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Work of Art" is a wonderful Regency novel featuring a unique plot and fascinating characters. The heroine, Phillida Satterthwaite (what a name!) is pursued by the creepy Duke of Moreland (The Collector) solely on account of her dual-colored eyes. Philly's new friend Captain Arthur Heywood proposes a marriage of convenience to spare her an unpleasant fate as the Duke's wife.

Arthur is a fabulous hero. Seriously injured in Spain during the Napoleonic Wars, he is often in pain, walks with a can
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Corinne
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I am pretty stingy with 5* on goodreads as 5* = "it was amazing." This certainly deserves 5 goodread stars in my book! I have greatly enjoyed other books by Mimi Matthews. This is just as fabulous as the others. Excellent. I read into the wee hours of the morning (fortunately on the weekend) as I could not put this down. Wow! Many an author of historical romance could take a lesson or two from Mimi.
I suffered not a moment of boredom, but rather was anxious to read the next page to discover what
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Becka
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God, I love Mimi Matthews!
I was so disappointed with myself because I just couldn't feel the same about her last book as I had all the others previously and I so desperately wanted to love the characters because Mimi's writing is amazing.
Luckily, this one is one of her best and I Loved Arthur and Philly. Her writing is so incredible and I was so glad to fall in love with her characters again. Honestly, one of my favourite authors right now. If you haven't read her, you are seriously missing out!
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Susan
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Phyllida Satterthwaite, twenty-three, has lead a quite life with her grandfather Sir Charles of Satterhwaite Court in Devonshire, but after her time of mourning his death is over in 1814 she is taken to London by the only relations she has left. Edgar Townsend has agreed to give her season as she stays with him and her cousins Elizabeth and Abigail.
But unknown to her the cruel and sinister Duke of Moreland, a collector of items, wants her for himself. Who can she turn to in her need.
A delightful
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Annie
Jun 15, 2019 added it
A wonderful Historical Romance!
This was a beautifully written Historical Romance, lots of twists & turns which kept you in suspense right to the very end. It was quite obvious between the lines right from the start that Arthur & Philly's marriage was not or never would be one of convenience! I truly enjoyed every chapter & will be recommending it to both some family members & friends too .Professional Reader
Meghan Lloyd
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a tale of two people who are underestimated - one for being a woman and the other being a wounded soldier. It was so inspiring to see these two overcome what life threw at them and take control of their lives. Mimi Matthews is such a talented writer, and this book is no exception. Expect a sweet romance that grabs you by the heart and makes you believe in true love again.

Phyllida Satterthwaite is a poor relation - beautiful in body, strong in spirit, but under the thumb of an ambitious u
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Samantha
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Mimi Matthews has done it again - another wonderfully written historical romance! The Work of Art is about a marriage of convenience between Phyllida Satterthwaite and Captain Arthur Heywood. Both characters were well-written and I always enjoy how true to the time period Matthews is in her writing whether that be during her usual Victorian era or the Regency era as in this book. The story moved along at a good pace, and there is
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Audrey
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This was the steamiest proper romance I've ever read and I did not mind one little bit. Phyllida, a uniquely beautiful and kind orphan, is shipped off to her Uncle in England to be groomed for her coming out season but she soon learns that those closest to her have alterer motives and interests. Captain Heywood, though gruff and bitter, immediately sees the compassion in Philly and offers her the quick solution of a convince marriage. But will that truly save her from her former fate? I loved Ph ...more
Nicki Markus
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-historical
The Work of Art was a delightful read. Arthur and Philly are engaging characters whom I got behind right from the start. The story moves at a good pace, with a perfect blend of action and romance, and the latter was nicely developed, the relationship progressing in a believable way. There was a twist in the tale I didn't see coming until the last moment, and overall I had great fun reading it. Recommended for fans of Regency romance who like solid characters and exciting plots.

I received this bo
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Alexandra Consolver
Matthews is quickly becoming a favorite author for me. She writes historically accurate and rich settings, characters you can’t help but adore, and so much romantic tension. This book did not disappoint! I just loved Philly and Arthur. I loved their plan and the drama. I also loved her sweet dogs. This book was adorable, and definitely the steamiest of what I’ve read for proper romances. Would highly recommend!! Full review to come!
Janette Mcmahon
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC copy: Interesting flawed characters, make this a romance that keeps your attention. While keeping in the style of Regency romance, it almost has a Gothic touch with the strange Duke as a "collector" of art and what that "art" also includes gives a dark feel to this book. I appreciated the bit different approach to a Regency romance.
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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical non-fiction and proper historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resi ...more