A Holiday by Gaslight
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.
When I saw that gorgeous cover, I wondered if the words inside would suit, and I’m thrilled to report they did. A Holiday by Gaslight is a delightful Victorian novella perfect for the holidays.
It’s no secret during Victorian times one had to marry within her class, and not doing so came with some risks. So is the story of industrious Sophie Appersett as she is courted by Mr. Edward Sharpe. Sophie’s baggage is that, while her family is titl ...more
After Sophie's father has spent all of their family's money (including her dowry) on renovating his family home, her parents encourage a courtship between Sophie and Edward Sharpe, a merchant who has worked hard to build a wealthy empire out of simp...more
Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Expected publications November 2018
Sophie Appersett comes from an upper class family however Sophie’s father has overspent the family fortune upgrading with the inventions of the times. Who could resist gas lines to your own homes or running w ...more
This! This novella! ♥️ ♥️ ♥️. Reading stories like this makes me appreciate what netgalley brings to the literary community - access to new, talented authors anxiously introducing new works into the reading world in the hopes your eyes will catch on that beautiful cover long enough to read the summary and hit request. (Boy, sounds a lot like eHarmony for books!!). Do it! Request this book! It’s a lovely holiday fling in the Dorsetshi ...more
"Unless you strenuously object, I intend to kiss you this Christmas."It took me a bit to warm up to the characters, but it was definitely well-written. It ended on a very romantic note, so I'm rounding up. :-)
The book opens with Sophie breaking her courtship with Edward, because in the two months they’ve courting he’s show little or no emotion and she can’t be with someone seemingly void of personality. But upon thinking on it (with the careful nudges of her mother) did Sophie perhaps make a hasty decision? What if there is more to Edward than he let her see?
They decide to put the breakup on hold and try to get to know each, being more open and honest. They’d already planned for Edward to co ...more
I saw the cover of this book and knew instantly I wanted to read it. I read the blurb and the Victorian Christmas story intrigued me. It's a novella so the book is pretty short and easy to read. It's a cute novel and very light hearted to read for the holiday season. The writing was nice and I enjoyed the odd references to popular Victorian people of the time.
Sophie is a Baronet's daughter. Her family is in need of money to fund her country estate. Her father has used her dowry so he co ...more
Like any dutiful, Victorian era daughter, Sophie is willing to marry for the financial assistance her family needs, but the handsome Edward Sharpe is too grim, too serious and too quiet for her. Sophie does what any strong-willed young lady would do, she breaks off their courtship, but was that a wise decision? Could there be more to Edward than she gave him credit for? Did she even give him a chance?
A simple ...more
Sir William Appersett is virtually bankrupt, having squandered most of the family fortune, together with his eldest daughter Sophie’s dowry, on modernisations to Appersett House. With no male heir, he regards the house as his only enduring legacy. Now he and his wife have brought Sophie and her younger sister, Emily, to London in the hope of finding them wealthy husbands.
Edward (Ned) Sharpe, a draper ...more
Ned and Sophie have been spending time together for a while. It's assumed he'll officially ask for her hand sometime soon - most likely at the Christmas house party her parents are hosting shortly. Unfortunately, Sophie's got other ideas and ...more
I will be checking out more of Mathews' work!
I adore well researched and accurate historical romance and A Holiday by Gaslight was so well done that I have already read it twice and purchased another book by the author and read that twice as well.
This is a story about love overcoming social boundaries and personal prejudice. It isn't a rewrite of Pride and Prejudice though where the man is rude and stiff but rather an exploration of two individuals attempting to get to know each other in a society dictated by strict rul ...more
When you read a Mimi Matthews book it's a given that you're going to get a fabulous story line, characters that will charm your socks off, and a sweet romance that will make you believe in love again. When it comes to romances in books I'm a pretty tough critic, but Mimi can write love bette ...more
A Holiday By Gaslight was a lovely and swiftly read class difference romance that took place at a holiday country estate party ...more
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I loved Sophie who was determined to do right for her family but turned down her suitor at the beginning of the story because she thinks they won't suit.
Mr Sharpe, or Ned, as he becomes, goes the wrong way about winning her because of his consultation of a book of manners.
What happens between them is enjoyable and heart warming.
A clean romance which is very enjoyable.
This was such a short and sweet romance and I was all on board for this book and boy the Christmas traditions that came into play here were just short of perfection. I got such a kick out of this author and how she portrayed the setting here and she did such a job well done especially for a novella. Probably one of the best novellas I have read in a while to be honest. This story begins with our heroine and hero, who have been courting for ...more
The Alex Wyndham narration is just the cherry on the sundae, along with true historical tidbits and cameo mentions of ...more
Sophie, on the other hand, is looking for a man who sees her as something more than an object to be obtained—someone who actually sees and likes her for herself. After several months of her suitor ...more
The book begins with Sophie telling Mr. Sharpe they don't seem to suit, and didn't he agree ...more
Because it didn’t matter to you. You weren’t cringing with shame. You weren’t putting on airs. You were simply…you. A lady through and through. And one I very much wished to know better.
All the stars, honestly!!! What a charming way to spend my Christmas day: with this romantic and warm holiday read.
The brilliance of the Victorian era combined with the luscious Christmas cover invited me into A Holiday By Gaslight - plus a very favorable review by Destiny from destiny ♎ [howling libraries] had ...more
This is my first read by this author, and I liked her writing style. The romance between the H/h was sweet and engaging. I didn't care for the secondary characters because I thought the hero's and heroine's families were both rather awful. But I enjoyed the story, and I'll definitely read more by this author.
Oh, what a delightful Dickens Christmas feel I got when I sat down in front of my fake fireplace reading this. This was a very Victorian Christmas and it was sooo romantic. I loved all the characters in this one.
It very much reminded me of a Austin story. And of course MM writing is the best of “Chaste Romance” of any author I’ve read! I simply can not get enough. H ...more
A HOLIDAY BY GASLIGHT: A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS NOVELLA by Mimi Matthews is a beautifully written Christmas historical romance. The cover is gorgeous and the novella within will warm your heart and is perfect for the season.
Sophie Appersett is ever the dutiful eldest daughter. Sophie and her mother work hard to economize to keep the household running and her younger sister happy. Both have gone to London for the season. Sophie’s fathe ...more