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  • Entertaining story

    March 1862 London. Evelyn Maltravers, knows she has nothing to offer a rich well-connected husband but her horsemanship. Naively believing this will be enough to overcome her lack of accomplishments and her scandalous connections. So to marry well she must shine as a horse-rider while wearing haute couture. To this end she visits tailor Ahmad Malik, half-Indian. The designer of riding habits for the infamous Pretty Horsebreakers of Rotten Row. To suceed he needs a patron to launch his designs on society. But what is he prepared to do to obtain this end. And what of the attraction between Evelyn and Ahmad, and all the obstacles they must face individually, and as a partnership. An entertaining and well-written Victorian romance with its cast of varied and likeable characters. A good start to this series.

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  • Great story and beginning to a series as well

    Mimi Matthews as an author has always been able to draw me into a story and hold my interest to the very end. I love the rich historical detail added into the story. The writing is very descriptive and I can imagine myself there. I feel this adds so much to the depth and realness of a story and makes it come to life. I felt the h's indignation of Stephen's treatement and attitude toward her. What arrogance! We do get a glimpse of all levels of society of the time without a sermon, which I appreciated. There is such great dynamics between the characters and excellent dialogue. I absolutely love the H of this story was a spin off character from the Parish Orphans on Devon series. The ending was wonderful and sweet to me. I thought the wrap was well done. I loved the line "But wonderful things didn't happen because one was cautious. They happened because one dared." I'm so happy this will be a series following the friends Evelyn made in London. I can hardly wait for the next one! *Thank you very much to Netgalley for an advenced copy of this book. All opinons are 100% my own.*

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  • Inventive and fun

    Bluestocking Evelyn is in town for her first season, hoping to make a match that will help her and her younger sisters find financial security. But the men she meets don't stir her interest—except for Ahmad, the tailor who creates her riding habit. Not only is he the wrong class, many in society refuse to look beyond his half-Indian heritage. Will choosing love put her sisters' futures at risk? I'm always wary of historical romance featuring characters from different classes. But I love Mimi Matthews and I love this cover, so I gave the book a chance. :) It's very well done. It ends up being quite believable (I didn't roll my eyes once). Evelyn is courageous and determined, while Ahmad is cautious but ambitious. I loved them both separately and together. Including elements of Spiritualism and tying those themes to Prince Albert's death made the plot inventive and a lot of fun. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Lovely

    Love her writing, her character development and ability to transport you to another time and place

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  • Fell in love with the characters

    Loved the characters but wasn’t my favourite book of Matthews. Very tender love story.

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