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Mimi Matthews · 1W ago

The Vulnerable Victorian Governess

A governess occupied a unique position in a Victorian household. She was neither servant, nor family member. She existed in a sort of in-between world which often left her feeling isolated a...
Mimi Matthews · 3W ago

Feline Dress Improvers: The Victorian Fashion in Bustle Baskets for Cats

“As the basket was padded and lined with satin, and bedizened with fringe and ribbons, pussy did not object to being a prisoner therein, and to being placed on the lady’s bustle as a pack.” ...
Mimi Matthews · 4W ago

The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter Blog Tour, Giveaway, and More!

It’s release day for my new Victorian romance novel The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter! To celebrate, there’s a blog tour with excerpts, reviews, and interviews. I’m also hosting a specia...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

The Lost Letter is ON SALE for $0.99

Dear Readers, Tomorrow is release day for my new Victorian romance novel The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter! I’ll be over at USA Today this morning with an exclusive excerpt. To further m...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty: Cover Reveal!

At long last, I can reveal the beautiful cover of my upcoming book A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty. It was designed by Jon Wilkinson at Pen and Sword Books (UK) and features o...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

The Truth About Reformed Rakes: Victorian Views on Marrying a Scoundrel

If you’ve ever read a historical romance novel, you’ll likely be familiar with the oft-quoted belief that “reformed rakes make the best husbands.” This matrimonial maxim did not, however, or...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

A Brief History of Victorian Veils…for Babies

When taking a baby out of the house, many Victorian mothers first covered the baby’s face with a veil. These veils were believed to protect infants’ faces from extremes of weather, as well a...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter: Goodreads Giveaway

As many of you know, my next Victorian romance, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter, will be released on January 23, 2018. Thus far, advance reviews have been fantastic. Kirkus Reviews say...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon eBook Worldwide Release Day!

It’s release day for the eBook version of my non-fiction animal history book The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries! The eBook is available worldwide and can b...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Cleaning Dresses of Muslin, Silk, Velvet, and Lace

In the Victorian era, women’s clothing was just as likely to spot, stain, and soil as it is today. For fine fabrics, this posed a particular dilemma. Ladies couldn’t simply throw their print...