Appointment in Bath
Somerset Stories, Book 4
by Mimi Matthews
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Pub Date 27 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2023
A chance meeting between the sheltered daughter and the forward-thinking son of rival Victorian families sparks a forbidden romance in USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews’s fourth book in her acclaimed Somerset Stories series.
Shy and stammering Meg Burton-Smythe has spent the whole of her life living on the fringes of local society. She’s more comfortable with her daydreams than she is with people. But when a dashing, golden-haired hero rides to her rescue one morning, she dares to hope that her dreams might finally come true. There’s only one problem: her handsome rescuer is the son of her father’s sworn enemy.
Ivo Beresford doesn’t believe in clinging to the past. Freshly returned from a lengthy grand tour, he’s looking to the future, eager to spearhead the building of a new railway extension in Somersetshire. But an unexpected encounter with Meg Burton-Smythe, the isolated only daughter of his parents’ oldest foe, sets the past and the future colliding.
Resolved to put ancient grudges to rest—at least where innocent young ladies are concerned—Ivo encourages lonely Meg to embark on a secret friendship. After all, what harm can a friendship do? It isn’t as though there’s any danger of the two of them falling in love…
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Praise for the Novels of Mimi Matthews
"Mimi Matthews never disappoints." —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author (The Belle of Belgrave Square)
"Julian Fellowes fans will rejoice!"—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author (The Belle of Belgrave Square)
"Mimi Matthews just doesn't miss."—Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author (The Belle of Belgrave Square)
"Matthews brings the Victorian era to vivid life..." —Booklist, starred review (The Siren of Sussex)
"A masterclass in using fashion history to build character." —BookRiot (The Siren of Sussex)
"This page-turner shouldn't be missed."—Publishers Weekly, starred review (Gentleman Jim)
"An absorbing love story. Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end."—Library Journal, starred review (The Work of Art)
"Tartly elegant...A vigorous, sparkling, and entertaining love story with plenty of Austen-ite wit." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Gentleman Jim)
"Readers who love lots of intrigue and historicals that sound properly historical will savor this one." —NPR (Gentleman Jim)
Average rating from 107 members
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Mimi Matthews is one of the greatest historical romances authors writing today. All of her books are unputdownable, and this one is no different.
And wow! Was this good! An excellent Victorian romance that I didn't know how much I was craving until I began this story. This gorgeously written historical novel was amazing. It was absolutely lovely! Think Jane Austen, Mary Balogh, Julie Klassen - that level of quality of writing. There are so many books in the market nowadays, and one can only read so much, so use your precious time in reading this! This one stands out from the rest because of its unique plot, and the wonderful atmosphere of the novel. Every phrase was poetry, and the descriptions were so vivid it was like I was there. It short, it was unputdownable.
This book was everything I had been wanting and missing. Excellent dialogue, solid world building, an independent, likeable heroine, a perfect romance. I just savored each page and was very sorry when it ended. I will definitely be buying this book in print! TEN STARS!
Absolutely everything I love about Mimi Mathew's writing rolled into one book.
This did not disappoint. In fact, I can't wait for the release so that I can purchase a copy for my bookshelf.
It's romantic, the pacing is perfect and did I mention it's hopelessly romantic. Lovers of Romeo and Juliet - this one is for you!
Can't recommend enough!
Anyone picking up this gorgeous book and having their first experience reading a Mimi Matthews story will be swept away by this charming romance, with it's secret meetings, feuding families, and even a little adventure before a sweet conclusion. This is a Mimi Matthews book and she delivers when it comes to swoon-worthy stories. Those lucky enough to have read the first three books in the Somerset Stories series will be absolutely delighted to see the full details of Meg and Ivo's relationship develop after getting just a glimpse of the couple in the third book. (Hint hint, new reader, circle back to the beginning and enjoy!)
In Appointment in Bath, the acrimony between the Beresfords and the Burton-Smythes is now decades old, as the characters in the second book were their conflict started are now in their 50s and their children have become the main characters. Ivo Beresford and Meg Burton-Smythe meet while riding their horses in the woods and develop a friendship as their meetings become habit. Soon, deeper feelings form, but the conflict between the families, as well as Meg's difficult home life and Ivo's business ambitions get in the way of their relationship. The two appealing characters had me rooting for a happily ever after and while the book obviously delivers, it's not without heartache and angst.
This is yet another reminder of why Mimi Matthews is a "must read" for romance readers.