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The Work of Art

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  109 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Perfectly Proper Press
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for historical romance. Therefore, it is unusual for me to find an author, I didn't know about in advance. With Mimi Matthews that was the case - but now I want to read more from her hand because this was just wonderful!

"Without a pitying look or a word of sympathy, Miss Satterthwaite had lent him her support. And she'd done it in just such a way as to spare his foolish pride."


Philly and Arth
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Heartfelt stars!
This cover is gorgeous! ♥♥♥
This was such a romantic story that I can’t quit smiling. I LOVED it! This book made me so happy that I’ll be thinking about it for weeks. Mimi Matthews is one of my favorite authors and I get so excited when she writes a new book. *SIGH*
It’s about a lady and her pets and a gentleman who was wounded in the war. Both are lost in their new surroundings and became friends under the most unlikely circumstances. Their story is very, very sweet and p
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's becoming harder and harder to find really good freshly-written HRs. A shame, because HRs are my chosen escape-from-reality read, something I'm needing more and more lately whenever I crawl out from under that rock where I've been hiding to escape the never-ending depressing news cycles. So hallelujah, and thanks, Ms Matthews. For a brief moment I was lost in the world of a delightful Regency romance, with really charming main characters and a heartwarming love story.

The plot is not anything
Amy Bruno
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mimi Matthews has done it again! With every new book of Mimi's that I read, I think to myself, clearly, she can't top this one...and yet, she does. Every dang time!

The Work of Art is actually one of Mimi's earliest books but was never released until now. It makes me so sad to think of this beautiful book sitting all alone, but now it's getting the love it deserves and I could not be more thrilled for that.

When Phyllida Satterthwaite's beloved grandfather and only guardian passes away, her Uncle
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
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

“You’re so perfect that, when I look at you, I can scarcely believe you’re mine.” His voice roughened with tenderness. “But you are mine. By whatever miracle. And though I’m unworthy now, if it takes the rest of my life, I will endeavor to deserve you.”

LOVED LOVED LOVED this!!! Such a sweet romance. Two characters that I just adored. Of course there were the occasional moments of stupid misunderstanding, but they were indeed short-lived. Thank goodness. There was also a hint of myster
Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this delightful book!

Oh man, a regency romance boasting a handsome protagonist who has war wounds and can barely walk, and a girl with the rarity of different-colored eyes? A gross chauvinist villain who wishes to ‘obtain’ her for his collection of oddities? Hahahah count me IN.
I honestly got some Persuasion vibes in this book – maybe it was that the guy was Captain Arthur Heywood, or there was a Lady Eliot, or the regency era or…something else
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I've only recently discovered the stories of Mimi Matthews and I can't read them fast enough! I was thrilled to see that a new one was releasing this summer. I loved the vivid characters and the unique plot that made the story fresh and interesting. Marriage of convenience is one of my favorite tropes, and this one did not disappoint! There is an element of suspense as Arthur protects Philly from her mercenary uncle and the eccentric duke, which only continues as the danger follows them to their ...more
Dot Salvagin
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You will not be able to put this book down. It is totally engrossing, romantic, beautifully written and full of intrigue. Arthur and Philly hardly know each other when they are thrust into a marriage of convienence. They have angered a powerful Duke with a wicked reputation. I turned pages to see how our H & h would stay safe and fall in love. There are thriller aspects to this plot that make for rapid page turning. I highly recommend this one to all HR readers. It will go On my Best Reads o ...more
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
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love stories where the hero and heroine begin as friends. The romance develops differently. It awakens and builds slowly, and there’s nothing like that slow burn. Readers get to venture with the two characters on a journey of surprising discovery. And this journey of Arthur and Philly is truly a Work of Art.

Phyllida Satterthwaite spent her whole life being obedient and obliging, doing what was expected of her. That’s why after the loss of her grandfather and her beloved home, she found hersel
Courtney Clark
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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, Matthews’ first Regency novel, does this wonderfully as the unlikely friendship between Captain Arthur Heywood and Miss Philly Satterthwaite shifts into something more by necessity.

I absolutely loved witnessing these two characters shape each oth
The Lit Bitch
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At Christmas, I had the privilege of reading Mimi Matthews’ holiday novella, Holiday by Gaslight, and absolutely adored it. I read it in like one sitting and often thought about what a great story it was.

I wanted desperately to pick up her other books, but that the time I just couldn’t fit them in. Since then she has become a USA Today Best Selling Author, and I continue to see people raving about her books all over my social media.

When this book came up for review, I didn’t have room for it, bu
Carole (in Canada)
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Romance/Regency
"You have taken what is mine." (quote from the book)

What does a collector of rare one-of-a-kind objects, a manipulative uncle and a soldier still suffering from his war injuries have to do with an orphaned young woman and her four dogs? How does this story translate into a memorable, moving and exquisite love story? Two words...Mimi Matthews.

Ms. Matthews ability to breath life into her characters and her writing never ceases to amaze me. Phyllida (Philly) Satterthwaite is an observant, compassi
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a riveting read this was! I just had to keep reading until the end. The main characters were so likeable. Phyllida Satterthwaite, was such a kind hearted lady who loved her animals and put their comforts before her own. Captain Arthur Heywood has changed due to his war experiences and his injuries. I enjoyed the way they talked together and got to know each other. This was such an endearing romance and there was a mystery to solve. I will look for more books by this author. I received a cop ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I am a voracious reader of historical romance. I believe Mary Balogh, Grace Burrowes and Lisa Kleypas are the queens of this genre. And now Mimi Matthews has joined that exalted group. Her beautiful novels draw me right in and I can't get anything done until I'm finished reading. This book is particularly engaging and so, so romantic!

Phyllida Satterthwaite and her four beloved dogs now live in London with her stern uncle, hateful aunt and irritating cousins after the death of her grandfather. Sh
- 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
Dana Michael
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews is a beautifully written romance. Sigh! I'm still thinking about it. The heroine is a beautiful young woman inside and out. She was orphaned and had lived a relatively sheltered life until her uncle takes her in. The thing I love about her is she is not afraid to express her feelings to the hero. The hero, is a ruggedly handsome war hero who had some physical disabilities due to the war. He is a protector and came across as a hard man, but not when it came to Phi ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this story by Mimi Matthews. I like almost everything about it: her writing style, the clean content, a non-rake hero, the historical details, the dual povs, and the sweet romance. Her stories are always safe and I'm never afraid one of my kids is going to pick up my Kindle and read something that's too mature for them. All that being said, I couldn't stand the the heroine was still very naive by the end. The TSTL moment was just smack-my-forehead-able and I kind of wa
Oh my, this was fabulous. Sigh...
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read!! Except for the cussing that went on in the story. We could've done without that.
Philly and Arthur, well they were just an amazing couple! I loved that they ( especially him) didn't keep the truth from his wife except maybe just a teensy bit but I understand why.
Philly is just this amazing woman who doesn't let life get her down (not even the meanest woman in the story)!! Philly is all heart I just love her and I wanted to cry when she got hurt.
I could picture Arthur hands
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Well, I am lost for words (I’m sure some will think that a blessing) but really, I am struggling to express just how magical this book is. Everyone knows how much I adore Mimi Matthews work, I have so much respect for her as a writer and I always get a thrill whenever I open another of her books. Each time I read one of her stories I am always blown away, I read her work and as I do, I keep thinking; how can she possibly top what is the peak of perfection and then what happens? Boom; I am once a ...more
Rachel McMillan
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Proof that Matthews can work seamlessly in and out of every historical period, the Work of Art excells at painting a gorgeous regency portrait--from the barters and business of social marriages to the rambling hills surrounding a great estate. It is the latter that Matthews seems to so deftly enjoy as a canvas and fans of her excellent Devon-set Victorian series will find themselves at home in her lush descriptions.

I very much enjoyed a marriage of convenience (favourite trope) grounded in frien
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Without a pitying look or a word of sympathy, Miss Satterthwaite had lent him her support. And she’d done it in just such a way as to spare his foolish pride."

"The Work of Art" is Mimi Matthews' first Regency historical romance and it is as delightful as her Victorian romances.

The story starts off when Phyllida Satterthwaite (Philly) is brought to London to her Uncle Townsend after her grandfather's passing. Shortly after arriving there she is being touted as "the work of art" due to her dif
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.
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
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Work of Art is the story of "Philly" Phyllida Satterthwaite. After Philly's grandfather, who raised her, dies, she is sent to live with relatives in London. She has Heterochromia, two different color eyes - one blue, one amber. Her unusual and striking looks catch the attention of the Duke of Moreland, who is known as "The Collector" because he wants to collect anything unusual. Philly wants to escape an arranged marriage with the Duke, so she enters into a marriage of convenience with Arthu ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phyllida Satterthwaite is presented to us surrounded by a cacophony of misbehaving dogs, all of whom she owns and cares about. Insisting on bringing them to the London home of her uncle Edgar Townsend, she must soon find a husband to provide for her, now she is penniless. It is apparent that she puts animals before people and she seems unaware of her beauty, only thinking herself odd because of her mismatched eye colours. But for one person, the Duke of Moreland, she is a work of art, which he w ...more
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
Sarah Perchikoff
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
At this point, you all know I’m a Mimi Matthews fan. I’ve reviewed two of her books and a novella before this. I love them all and that did not change with The Work of Art. As with all of Mimi Matthews’s books, it’s incredibly well researched and the characters come to life in your head.

The Work of Art follows Phyllida (Philly) Southwaite, a girl without a home. Or at least not one she feels entirely comfortable in.

After her grandfather died, she agreed to go and live in London with her Uncle Ed
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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
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