Thursday, 2 July 2020

Kathleen Kimmel

Author Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

The Birch Hall Romance Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
A Lady’s Guide to Ruin
A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal
A Debutante’s Guide to Rebellion (novella)



“[A] Regency-set debut … enhanced by the excellent character development.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Kimmel’s debut has plenty of plot, loads of action and a large cast of characters to keep readers interested. . .Kimmel demonstrates a talent for storytelling.”

—RT Book Reviews
4/4.5 stars!

“Birch Hall is a lovely setting for a romance, and Kimmel describes the place beautifully. A LADY’S GUIDE TO RUIN is filled with steamy romance, secretive adventures, and well-developed characters that will have readers anxiously awaiting the second book in the Birch Hall series.”

Fresh Fiction

“A fast pace, a surfeit of diverse characters, and a complex plot add up to an engaging story and a credible debut with a most satisfactory conclusion. “

Library Journal

“I love when historical fiction gives a great period story, interesting and complex characters and a plot that keeps the reader turning pages. Kathleen Kimmel has accomplished just that in A LADY’S GUIDE TO RUIN. . .A great read.”

Open Book Society

“The fact [that Joan] truly is such a different heroine makes for a fascinating aspect all on its own but when you add in all the elements of this story it was an adventure I couldn’t put down. . .I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys strong characters and solid stories.”

Night Owl Romance

“I found A Lady’s Guide to Ruin to be unique and intriguing. . .I’m excited to read more from this author!”

—Bad Ass Book Reviews

“I really enjoyed the way all the characters fitted together – not just the main cast, but all the supporting ones too.”

The Good, The Bad, and the Unread

“This book was extraordinary. . .She did extremely well with getting me excited, and at the end of the book I was freaking out that it was over. I am very excited to continue the series! So glad I tried this one out!”

Ramblings from this Chick

“I highly recommend Kathleen Kimmel’s A Lady’s Guide to Ruin. It is a Regency-era romance made special by the heroine, though the hero is delicious too and the plot engaging. . .I eagerly await the next in the series, A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal. It is, after all, lovely to discover a new author.”

Mary Balogh,
The New York Times bestselling author of Indiscreet
“Top Romance Authors Recommend New Writer’s That You’ll Love”

“Kimmel’s debut adds a new star to the romance galaxy—I loved this book.”

Madeline Hunter,
The New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Duchess

“A skillful tale replete with deception, intrigue, and a love that transcends it all. Kimmel writes characters that leap off the page and adventures that leave you breathless.”

Anna Randol,
RITA Finalist and author of Sins of a Wicked Princess

“An atypical romance… I enjoyed the character development in RUIN, and the anxiety of Joan that she not be revealed as fraudulent.”

Charlaine Harris,
The New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

“A LADY’S GUIDE TO RUIN delivered with an intriguing heroine.”

Susanne Lord,
author of In Search of Scandal


“The sizzling chemistry between Colin and Elinor is a driving force of this novel, which is complete with subtle suspense and a fearless heroine.”

Publishers Weekly

“The notion of scandal is everywhere in this charming novel, and at times the reader has the entertaining dilemma of wondering what the real scandal will be. The sex comes rather late but it doesn’t disappoint. Elinor and Colin are well-matched in wit, vulnerability, and awkward sexual desire, and the mystery of Marie’s death in India is resolved in a satisfying and surprising way. Great fun from start to finish.”


“Kimmel follows her debut with another unconventional Regency romance. Her strong, witty, intelligent heroine sparkles next to the comfortable, sometimes inept hero. The plot has a slightly dark side, yet the repartee keeps it light, and the sensuality allows a world of heat to rise from the pages. Kimmel is a delightful, fresh voice in the genre.”

RT Book Reviews
4/5 stars!

“This was a truly fabulous book filled with intrigue, and twists and turns galore.”

Buried Under Romance

“Kathleen Kimmel again has written a historical fiction that engages the reader from the beginning. Her ability to develop characters and use a setting that the reader can immerse themselves in is what drew me into this story.”

Open Book Society

“. . .the book was everything I look for in a historical romance.”

Ramblings From This Chick

“I honestly did not want to put this book down at the end of the night, it was that compelling.”

Historical Romance Reviews

“I really enjoyed this book… I’d also love to see what happens next for those characters whom we met as a result of their ties to Marie’s secrets.”

The Good, The Bad, and the Unread



1. A Lady’s Guide to Ruin (Berkley, 2015)
2. A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal (Berkley, 2016)