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Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews
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it was amazing

I haven’t met a Mimi Matthews book that I didn’t love and Gentleman Jim is no exception! I absolutely loved this one! Mimi Matthews is an auto-buy author for me. She always writes such wonderful romances with heart, chemistry, and they always leave me satisfied with a smile.

I will say that I didn’t love the title of the book but when I read the author’s notes about why she went with Jim instead of Jack, I could understand but I still liked Gentleman Jack better.

But no matter, Gentleman Jim is a large part of the story but not necessarily a principal character. If you love The Count of Monte Cristo and Wuthering Heights, this is the book you have been waiting for!

I read The Count of Monte Cristo in 2008 and to be honest, I didn’t love it. I adore the film and will watch that all day ever day but the book was just ok for me. But the film has so much to love and I was thrilled to see that Matthews wanted to incorporate some of the things that I loved most about the film. A wronged hero, a mysterious fortune, fake identity, a bold heroine who cannot forget the man who stole her heart, and of course villain you cannot wait to get their come-upping.

I couldn’t read this one fast enough. I was fully invested in Nicholas and Maggie’s romance and I loved how it had a little bit of Cathy and Heathcliff to it without all the angsty moodiness that their romance if so famous for. It had all the passion and ‘soul mates’ feels of Wuthering Heights which I loved. I also liked that Nicholas didn’t try and keep his identity a secret for too long. She wore him down fairly quickly and I appreciated that and thought it was fitting for their rekindled romance.

On the flip side, I absolutely hated Fred and was on pins and needles for him to get what was coming his way in the end. I liked how the book resolved that aspect of the story but I would have liked to have seen Fred suffer a little more than he did because I just hate bullies so much.

The only thing I would have liked to have seen elaborated on more was Maggie’s passion for her estate. I wasn’t entirely convinced that she loved the estate enough to not marry Nicholas or to even consider it. I would have liked to have seen that played up more than it was but overall it was a minor thing that didn’t take away from the story for me. I still ended up giving this one 5 stars and easily put it on my ‘books to give for Christmas’ list because I just loved it that much! Great read and as per usual I am eager to see what Matthews comes up with next! Swoon!

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Reading Progress

October 31, 2020 – Started Reading
October 31, 2020 – Shelved
October 31, 2020 –
26.0% "A little bit Wuthering Heights, a little bit the count of monte cristo and a whole lotta love for this one right now"
November 1, 2020 –
November 2, 2020 – Finished Reading

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