About the book:

A Courtship of Convenience
Sophie Appersett is quite willing to marry outside of her class to ensure the survival of her family. But the darkly handsome Mr. Edward Sharpe is no run-of-the-mill London merchant. He’s grim and silent. A man of little emotion—or perhaps no emotion at all. After two months of courtship, she’s ready to put an end to things.

A Last Chance for Love
But severing ties with her taciturn suitor isn’t as straightforward as Sophie envisioned. Her parents are outraged. And then there’s Charles Darwin, Prince Albert, and that dratted gaslight. What’s a girl to do except invite Mr. Sharpe to Appersett House for Christmas and give him one last chance to win her? Only this time there’ll be no false formality. This time they’ll get to know each other for who they really are.

My Thoughts:

The cover caught my attention and the description of the story drew me in. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a chance on reading this story from, new-to-me author, Mimi Matthews.

This delightful Victorian Christmas novella is sure to put you in the Christmas mood. I enjoyed this sweet romance, filled with emotion and Victorian charm. The characters are vibrant and realistic.

Sprinkled amid the glow of the new gaslights, you will find Historical tidbits, as well as, literary nods to Elisabeth Gaskel, Charles Darwin, and Charles Dickens.  With plenty of Christmas joy and traditions, this story is a delightful addition to your reading list!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

Mimi Matthews Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Lost Letter) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

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A Holiday by Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella



9 thoughts on “A Holiday by Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Mimi Matthews

  1. Oh, I’m glad to hear you liked this one! I have it on my TBR. I hope I can start reading Christmas stories late this month! I LOVED “The Matrimonial Advertisement” by Mimi!

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  2. This looks like such a fun Christmas read. I love the fact that it appears to be very well researched. I enjoy historical fiction but I really love it when the author does enough research to make the story come alive. Thanks for sharing!

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