Book Review: The Siren of Sussex of Mimi Matthews

Format: Paperback

Pages: 432 pages

Published: January 11, 2022

Publisher: Berkley Romance

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction


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?

Have you been looking for that 2022 romance novel that brings the love excitement that is part Victorian and part “Bridgerton”? Bestselling novelist Mimi Matthews again brings the romance and magic that she always lovely depicts in her novels. And this latest one, The Siren of Sussex, is another winner and an excellent selection for the cozy winter nights.

Evelyn Maltravers may not be marriage material by Victorian-era standards, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to make a name for herself by entering horseback riding. But being called a “bluestocking” prevents her from getting a legitimate habit-maker and taking the chance to create a design that will really wow London society…that is until she meets Ahmad Malik.

Ahmad Malik’s designs have the incredible talent of making any woman feel beautiful. His brilliant designs give him a closer chance of being a tailor for social recognition. But his Indian heritage and the prejudices he faces because of it does not help matters. But his chance encounter with Evelyn Maltravers stirs a passion in himself that he believed was long gone. Evelyn and Ahmad face obstacles when trying to enter fashionable London society. Still, as they move up the ranks together, they begin to decide what matters the most: making their mark or following their hearts?

I always enjoy reading Mimi Matthews books. Her female protagonists are fierce, her secondary characters relatable, the setting is so well-researched. However, her books also make readers fans of the historical fiction genre feel like they are reading a classic from one of the greats. Matthews doesn’t leave anything out when she creates this atmospheric setting. As you read, you see the thorough and well-research she put into her stories, and this one is no different.
As I snuggled into my favorite reading chair and my hot cup of tea, I escaped into the Victorian era. I enjoyed the company of Evelyn and Ahmad for a couple of hours. You can’t help but immerse yourself in this moving love story. Evelyn and Ahmad’s trials become your trials; their joys become your joys. And, always the case with a good book, when the story ends, you are saddened when your friends have left.

Perfect read for the long winter nights and the upcoming summer, The Siren of Sussex is another winner by Mimi Matthews. From beginning to end, you can help but fall in love in the world that Matthews has created. Don’t miss you chance by not picking up this worthy read. You won’t be disappointed!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Giveaway Alert!

Mimi is giving her readers a chance to win a giveaway curated by her! Here are the details. 1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following:

The Giveaway Package:

  • Signed print copy of The Siren of Sussex
  • Horse scarf
  • 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 – – at 8:00 pm Pacific time on 2/8/22.

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.

Enter the Raffle Here!

Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, 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.



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Published by karma2015

I was born and raised in New York. I still live in New York but kind of sick of the city and one day I wish to move to the UK.I have a Masters degree in Library Science and I currently work in a special collections library. I loved books ever since I was a little girl. Through the hard times in my life, my love for books has always gotten me through. Just entering another world different from my own intrigues me. As long as I am entering in another universe, I like to create my own as well. I love to write and hopefully I will be able to complete a novel.

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