Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the wonderful blog tour for the utterly gorgeous; Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this book with your all, firstly I want to say thank you to Laurel Anne for the invite to this tour. Now, let’s have a look at this book.
Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews
Genre: Regency, Historical Romance
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
She Couldn’t Forget…
Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.
He Wouldn’t Forgive…
After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful–and entirely convinced he’s someone else.
As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain other? Or, with a little daring, will he find a way to have them both?
I have been an avid reader of Mimi Matthews’s work for a long time now, I never turn down the chance to read one of her books, and I have been hooked by each and everyone since the very first. I am so used to her classically Victorian romances, that Gentleman Jim was a little shocked by the system, it’s so different to what we are used to, especially as it is a Regency and not my beloved Victorian, but hey, that’s OK, I can cope with that and I certainly did more than cope with this beauty, I completely fell in love with it.
Set during the Regency era, Gentleman Jim tells the heart-warming story of finding love in the most unexpected places, Maggie is a landowner’s daughter raised to make a good marriage, her life has been set out for her and she is expected to marry a man of influence. But, our Maggie’s heart has already been stolen by Nicholas, a low-born groom; son of a maid and one notorious highwayman who goes by the name; Gentleman Jim – a character who for me stole the whole book – But life goes wrong and Nicholas is soon having to flee.
Years later a mysterious man by the name of St.Claire turns up wanting revenge, he is an enigma, a complex individual with secrets and more intrigues, as soon as Maggie sets eyes on him she knows that there is something about this man, she knows him, is he really who he claims to be or is there something more?
This book is all about love, it’s about finding true love and happiness, with two young sweethearts who are torn apart by social standing, but entwined within is the classic Mimi Matthews love story which is full of secrets, lies, revenge, mystery, intrigue and sadness.
As much as I loved this book, I will be honest and say I would have loved to actually ‘meet’ the notorious highwayman; Gentleman Jim, I did feel as though something was missing by not actually seeing the rogue, I was fascinated by him, I was hooked with his exploits and those whispers and rumours, the stories about him made him all the more compelling to me, I have to admit I did become a little addicted to this shadowy figure lurking in the back of the story but never shows his face – but that’s me, I d love a bad boy, highwayman!
Gentleman Jim is a beautiful, captivating, intriguing and wonderfully romantic story, all about love and loss, about finding happiness and it is a story that will take you on a richly textured journey and settle upon your heart. As always with Mimi Matthews, she will cast a spell around you with her wondrous words.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House.
Blog Tour Schedule
Join the virtual blog tour of GENTLEMAN JIM; A TALE OF ROMANCE AND REVENGE, Mimi Matthews’s highly acclaimed new historical romance novel, November 9 through December 6, 2020. Forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical fiction, historical romance, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with exclusive excerpts, interviews, spotlights, or reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Somerset, England.
Nov 13 Lu’s Reviews (Review)
Nov 14 The Green Mockingbird(Review)
Nov 19 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
Nov 21 Gwendalyn’s Books (Excerpt)
Nov 24 Let Them Read Books (Interview)
Nov 27 Among the Reads (Review)
Nov 28 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)
Nov 29 Book Bustle (Review)
Nov 30 Cup of Tea with that Book Please(Review)
Dec 01 Nurse Bookie (Review)
Dec 03 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
Dec 06 The Calico Critic (Excerpt)