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Mimi Matthews · 3d ago

The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter: Exclusive Cover Reveal at USA Today

Today, I’m thrilled to be over at USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog with Joyce Lamb for the exclusive cover reveal of my next Victorian romance novel, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter. ...
Mimi Matthews · 1w ago

The Spinster’s Numeration Table: A Guide for Nineteenth Century Men

Recently, while researching, I came across a “Spinster’s Numeration Table” printed in the 1837 edition of the New Monthly Magazine. This table lists out the various ages of an unmarried woma...
Mimi Matthews · 2W ago

Victorian Handcuff Bracelets for Engagement and Marriage

Gold bracelets and bangles were popular throughout the Victorian era. They came in a variety of styles, including thin bracelets, heavy bracelets, and bracelets adorned with jewels. Most wer...
Mimi Matthews · 2W ago

Winners of The Lost Letter Release Day Giveaway!

Last week, I offered a Victorian-themed letter writing giveaway to celebrate the release of my debut historical romance novel The Lost Letter. This giveaway was open to all my subscribers. T...
Mimi Matthews · 3W ago

The Lost Letter: The Story Behind the Story

I don’t usually blog about my writing process. However, since this is launch week for my debut Victorian romance The Lost Letter, I thought I’d share with you a little bit about how the stor...
Mimi Matthews · 3W ago

The Lost Letter Release Day, with Victorian-Themed Gift Giveaways & More!

It’s release day for my debut Victorian romance novel The Lost Letter! To celebrate, I’ll be visiting a different website or blog every day this week. There will be interviews, history artic...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

A Simple Coiffure: Basic Hairstyles for Victorian Women of Moderate Means

For balls and other formal events, fashionable women of the early 1860s often arranged their hair in elaborate styles with artificial tufts, pads, and false plaits. On a day-to-day basis, ho...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

The Etiquette of the Victorian Handshake: Advice on Opposite Sex Greetings

“Among friends the shaking of the hand is the most genuine and cordial expression of good-will.” The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Etiquette, 1877. When we think of nineteenth century greetings, m...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

Winners of My Victorian-Themed Letter Writing Giveaway!

In my last author newsletter, I offered an exclusive, Victorian-themed letter writing giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of my debut historical romance novel The Lost Letter. This ve...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

Fashionable Frocks of 1860

When it comes to Victorian fashion, it is often difficult to choose a favourite year—or even a favourite decade.  The romantic gowns of the 1830s vie with the enormous crinolines of the 1860...