What a ride! Literally, as this book is full of horses.
Our thanks to the author, Austenprose, Berkley Publishing, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.
Lenght : 430 pages
Publisher: Berkley (January 11, 2022)
Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.
Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she’s worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she’ll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London’s attention she’ll need a habit-maker who’s not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.
Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row’s infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.
But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?
From the Publisher’s Blurb
Mimi Matthews is one of my auto-read authors, and I know, from her posts on social media, about her love for everything equestrian.
Her profound knowledge of horses and the Victorian Period shows through every page in this book. As always, everything is impeccably researched and flawlessly written.
For those who have read her previous books, the hero is Ahmad, the servant who accompanied Jenny to India in A Modest Independence. Back in England, he was struggling to start his own dress-making establishment.
Being half-Indian, half-English, he was not accepted by either society and counted only on his undeniable talent and relentless work to achieve his dreams.
The heroine, Evelyn, carried her family on her shoulders and only found solace in her horse and their time together. She needed to find a suitable husband but believed she had no talent apart from being a remarkable equestrienne.
This unlikely pair met, and their chemistry was off-the-charts despite their many differences (or maybe because of them)!
Fashion enthusiasts will love this book! Ahmad’s creations were simply dazzling. I’m no horse-rider, but I want one of those riding habits!
I loved all side characters, but especially Captain Blunt. I can’t resist a brooding, scarred hero who reads novels! Luck me, he is the hero of the next installment in the series.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
Yay, a Giveaway!
Timeframe: Jan 4 – Feb 7, 2022
Terms & Conditions:
Giveaway hosted by Mimi Matthews.
No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Open to US residents only. Void where prohibited.
The Giveaway Package:
1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following:
Signed print copy of The Siren of Sussex
Pewter sidesaddle brooch (made in Sussex, England!)
The Siren of Sussex tote bag
Three candles in scents: Fresh Hay, New Saddle, and Winter Ride
Box of Ahmad Tea (60 count, assorted flavors)
The Siren of Sussex bookmark
The giveaway is open from 12:01 am Pacific time 1/4/22 until 11:59pm Pacific time on 2/7/22.
The winner will be announced on Mimi’s blog – mimimatthews.com – at 8:00 pm Pacific time on 2/8/22.
This giveaway is brought to you by the author/ publisher and is in no way sponsored or administered by this blog.
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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 from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, 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.