What is your favorite fairy tale? My
two favorite fairy tales growing up were Beauty and the Beast and The Twelve
Dancing Princesses. I loved fairy tales
and reading all of the different versions of them. I still love them.
I was excited to review The Belle of Belgrave Square
and discover it was a Beauty and the Beast story. I loved, loved, loved The Siren of Sussex and
I felt the same way about The Belle of Belgrave Square. Although this is a series, these are standalone
novels. The characters were first introduced
in The Siren of Sussex, but The Belle of Belgrave Square is its own independent
Julia Wychwood is a sheltered heiress who has never
left London. Her parents are always on
their sickbed and her only escape is through reading novels or riding her horse,
Cossex. When Captain Jasper Blunt starts
to take notice in her, Julia is not sure what to do. He is hailed as a hero from the Crimea, but
the tales of his treatment of his soldiers is horrifying. Since his return, the stories of his haunted
estate and illegitimate children do not paint a better picture. As Julia gets to know him thought, she believes
maybe he has changed. After her parents take
bloodletting too far on her, she realizes she needs to make a change. Would marrying Captain Blunt be just the
change she needs? What secrets is he
I felt like this was a perfect book for the fall. It had perfect Gothic vibes. Matthews had wonderful notes at the end to
fill in the history of the Victorian times discussed in the novel. I also loved that she said it was also based
not only on Beauty and the Beast, but also The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery which
is another one of my favorite novels.
After I read that, I connected the dots and saw how much it was inspired
by The Blue Castle. I was able to figure
out the twists in The Belle of Belgrave Square ahead of time, but that probably
was because it was inspired by some of my favorite works. I enjoyed it just the same. My favorite scene was Jasper showing Julia
his library for the first time. Now that
I liked the inner look into Julia and Jasper as
well. For Julia she had to deal with
anxiety, especially at social events that she was required to attend. She was constantly working on ways to deal
with her anxiety. Jasper is dealing with
both the internal and external scars from being a soldier in the Crimea as well
as a traumatic childhood. I love how
they both had to build trust with each other and understanding through the
This book has a very low level of spice at the end. It is a marriage of convenience trope – which
I can’t wait for the next book, The Lily of Ludgate
Hill, which is previewed at the end of this book!
Review Copy from Berkley
Romance and Netgalley as part of the Austenprose PR Book Tour. Thank-you! I received a complimentary copy of
this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Title: The Belle of Belgrave Square
Series: Belles of London (Book 2)
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical
Publisher: Berkley Romance (October
Length: (432) pages
· Format: Trade
paperback, eBook, & audiobook
· ISBN: 978-0593337158
Tour Dates: October 3 - 23, 2022
BookBub Best Romance of 2022
A London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a
marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.
Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a
military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate
in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated
ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.
For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety,
navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any
degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady
can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous
decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.
In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her
freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine
interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his
own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and
snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former
hero, the more intrigued she becomes…
“A grand cross-class romance, a twisty mystery, and emotional internal struggles combine to excellent effect…fans and new readers alike will root for this well-earned love story.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[C]ombines deception, risk, and a resourceful heroine to create an intoxicating, suspenseful romance. Highly recommended.”— Library Journal (starred review)
“If you’re a fan of Beauty and the Beast, this regency romance will rapidly become a new favorite of yours. Wallflower meets an infamous war hero in this fascinating and intriguing love story.”— BuzzFeed
“Mimi Matthews never disappoints, with richly drawn characters and couples whose individual shortcomings become strengths, when paired together. In this Beauty and the Beast retelling, we get to root for two underdogs who get to rewrite their own stories.”— Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here
“The Belle of Belgrave Square is such tremendous, good fun: a heroine with a big horse, an even bigger novel-reading habit, and a hidden anxiety; a hero with a crumbling estate, a trio of wary children, and a literary secret—what's not to love? Mimi Matthews paints Victorian England with vivid humor, and her Belles of London is set to go on for at least a few more much-anticipated installments. Julian Fellowes fans will rejoice!”— Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye
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Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal,
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