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A Lady of Conscience by Mimi Matthews

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A Lady of Conscience

West Country beauty Hannah Heywood may be quiet with fashionable strangers, but when it comes to animals in need, she has no trouble finding her voice. Newly arrived in Bath for her very first season, all she desires is to find one like-minded gentleman. A man of warmth and compassion, as sensitive to animals as he is to people. But if such a man exists, he dare not approach her. Not with the tall, blond, and menacing Viscount St. Clare standing in the way.

James Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has often been described as a sentient block of ice. A man so cold and dispassionate, he would never suit a young lady of Hannah’s disposition. And she would certainly never suit him. Focused on repairing his family’s infamous reputation, James requires a diamond of the first water. The daughter of a duke or a marquess, at least, not a simple country girl with a passion for four-legged creatures.

And yet, there’s something about conscience-driven young Hannah that draws James, first to Bath, and then into one increasingly hare-brained scheme after another. She confounds him at every turn, subverting his expectations and threatening to do what no lady has succeeded in doing before—thawing his ice-cold heart.

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing A Lady of Conscience by Mimi Matthews. In this historical romance, we follow bluestocking, animal activist, Hannah Heywood, who is currently seeking a husband. After encountering the handsome, yet, a bit… standoffish, supercilious, aloof, (think Mr. Darcy before he meets Elizabeth Bennet) James Beresford, Viscount St. Clare, during an informal family gathering, Hannah can’t seem to not compare her encounters with him to those who seek her hand in marriage.

Review A Lady of Conscience

Mimi Matthews is back with her (maybe) final novel in the Somerset Series. I remember being so excited towards the end of Return to Satterthwaite Court, when Hannah dances with James, my thoughts immediately went to daydreaming about how these two will find their own happily ever after.

Matthews is one of my absolute favorite historical romance authors. She has this wholesome way of taking Victorian era characters and shaping them into people that feel fresh and modern.

As for A Lady of Conscience, there were a few sweet moments between Hannah and James (the donkey scene being one of them) that I absolutely loved. Where readers will crave more of these gem encounters, watching Hannah and James’ relationship build to a crescendo that melts your heart.

A Few Last Thoughts

My one draw back for this one was the length of the novel. It felt too short. James and Hannah’s story was wrapped up way to quickly. I needed more.😭

Otherwise, this one is a solid read.

Pride & Prejudice meets Beauty and the Beast, fans of Matthews’ previous novels will enjoy her latest story in the Somerset Series.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blot – Satisfyingly Inked

Author Photo: © Vickie Hahn

About the Author

Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library JournalBooklistKirkus, and Shelf Awareness, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine.

She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Visit her at

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Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
30-Jul-24978-1736080283246Perfectly Proper PressAdult NetGalley, Digital ARCJuly 1, 2024

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