Return to Satterthwaite Court by Mimi Matthews Review

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If you have never read a book by Mimi Matthews before, I urge you to go get one. She is such a fantastic author and I wish I had time to read all of her backlist that I haven’t gotten to yet. Sigh. There’s just not enough time in a day!

About the Book

Return to Satterthwaite Court by Mimi Matthews ReviewReturn to Satterthwaite Court
Author Mimi Matthews
Published by Perfectly Proper Press
on April 11, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Romance / Historical, Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome, Fiction / Romance / Historical / General, Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency, Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian, Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Pages: 270

A reckless Victorian heiress sets her sights on a dashing ex-naval lieutenant, determined to win his heart as the two of them embark on a quest to solve a decades-old mystery in USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews’s sequel to her critically acclaimed novels The Work of Art and Gentleman Jim.

Lieutenant Charles Heywood has had his fill of adventure. Battle-weary and disillusioned, he returns to England, resolved to settle down to a quiet, uneventful life on an estate of his own. But arranging to purchase the property he desires is more difficult than Charles ever imagined. The place is mired in secrets, some of which may prove deadly. If he’s going to unravel them, he’ll need the assistance of someone as daring as he is.

At only twenty, Lady Katherine Beresford has already earned a scandalous reputation. As skilled with pistols as she is on horseback, she’s never met an obstacle she can’t surmount—or a man she can’t win. That is, until she encounters the infuriatingly somber Lieutenant Heywood. But Kate refuses to be deterred by the raven-haired soldier’s strong, silent facade. After all, faint heart never won handsome gentleman.

From the wilds of rural Somersetshire to the glittering ballrooms of early-Victorian London, Charles and Kate embark on a cross-country quest to solve a decades’ old mystery. Will the greatest danger be to their hearts—or to their lives?

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My Perspective

Oh my stars this book is good. I mean, Mimi Matthews could write one sentence on a table napkin and it would be amazing – that’s how good of an author she is. She always knows how to keep the perfect pace, write the most interesting characters, and how to just completely memorize me with her story telling.

Charles and Kate are just what I want in a couple. They are strong willed, which sometimes having two strong willed characters together can be a little rough around the edges, but Matthews makes it work. They have banter – something I absolutely adore in romance novels. Charles has this almost grumpy like demeanor, which I think may be mistaken at times for him just wanting to do what he thinks is “proper” so to speak. But I found him to be delightfully charming. They just worked so well together, and honestly I didn’t want to say goodbye to them.

Matthews also has the ability to make me feel as if I’m part of the story. I was invested in these characters, and in my mind I had on all my Victorian era clothing on and was talking as I should lol. But really, it makes it so fun to read when you are just totally focused on the story and feel like you’re right there with the characters.

Mimi Matthews is an author that I know I am going to enjoy anything that she releases. I am already excited about the next book in this series, and even beyond that. In the meantime, I need to work on my backlist and enjoy the rest of her stories! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances, including Fair as a Star, a Library Journal Best Romance of 2020; Gentleman Jim, a Kirkus Best Book of 2020; and The Work of Art, winner of the 2020 HOLT Medallion. Mimi’s novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and Shelf Awareness, 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. To learn more, please visit

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