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A Holiday by Gaslight

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  977 ratings  ·  303 reviews

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.

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ebook, 175 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Perfectly Proper Press
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 Victorian stars to a Holiday by Gaslight! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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 titled a
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to destiny ♡⚔♡ by: Sionna
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 simple beginnings. Unfortunately, Sophie and Edward won't ever stand a chance if Edward doesn't learn to stop taking advice from a Gentleman's Etiquette book. After a falling out, Sophie offers him one last chance during her family's Christmas party.

Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I rarely read "holiday" books during the holidays. I think it's because usually I am stressed out about the holidays and thus do not want to be reminded of them while I am doing the one thing that de-stresses me: reading. But, this year I am happily ahead of the decorating/gift giving game and so I gave this one a go - and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Granted, the plot is really not that much about Christmas, it just takes place during that time and the main characters do some Chris ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
I woke up to snow this October 20th morning and decided to turn to this Christmas novella. Well, Sophie and Ned won me over and I was highly entertained. I picked up on the Elizabeth Gaskell North and South undertones which the author acknowledges in her afterword. This little gem is soon leaving NetGalley. Type fast to request!

Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Expected publications November 2018
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Can anyone guess what made me pick up this lovely little historical Christmas romance? If you guessed the stunning cover then you would be very much correct. And I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but I always hope when I catch one like this that it does live up to it’s beauty.

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
Mellie Antoinette
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
****#earc thanks to #netgalley in exchange for a fair review***

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 Dorsetshire
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) Most HR Christmas novellas written in recent years are worthy neither of the H (historical) nor the R (romance) of the genre. They should instead be classified as AL for Anachronistic Lustfests. Some authors, such as Anna Campbell, used to write some good holiday fare but her last few Christmas novellas have been tailored to readers who like a little bit of hackneyed plot with a lot of lusty thoughts and pages of sex. For my Christmas reading fix, I have to reread my old Mary Balogh, ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
4.5 Stars

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
Do you see that cover? The beauty and atmosphere perfectly showcases the romance inside!

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
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a little gem. Loved this! I would have read it in one sitting, had I had the time. This was my first time reading this author, and I will definitely be looking into her other books!
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Lovely and charming!

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
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a charming, heart-warming romance – just the perfect start to my Christmas reading.

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
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful little Victorian romance. This was very well written with lots of wonderful historical details. The main characters were both extremely likable and had me on their side from the start.

I will be checking out more of Mathews' work!
Amy Bruno
After having read The Matrimonial Advertisement recently, I knew I needed another Mimi Matthews book STAT! Lucky for me Mimi released her novella, A Holiday by Gaslight, and happier I could not be to dive in.

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
I had to chuckle when I finished this lovely, sweet Victorian historical romance because from the beginning I got a North & South vibe from it (and I do love that classic by Elizabeth Gaskell) and, there, in the author's end remarks, she mentioned putting several N&S Easter eggs into the story. This reader was certainly delighted by the story and its tribute to a classic.

A Holiday By Gaslight was a lovely and swiftly read class difference romance that took place at a holiday country esta
Amy (literatiloves)
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great holiday readt! I love that in this historical romance novella, the characters actually talk to each other. They aren’t left brooding over misunderstandings for the majority of the book as in so many historical romance novels. The main female character, Sophie, was delightful and smart and it was refreshing that the main male character, Ned, wasn’t a jerk...again something that seems to be pretty common in this genre. This was such a good story. It wasn’t smutty but there wa ...more
What does a daughter of a nearly bankrupt baronet do when her father uses her dowry to make expensive improvements to the family country estate? Rather than encourage a courtship with a rich trademan she hardly knows, she breaks with the staid, handsome man saying that they do not suit! But after just a few days, she begins to second guess her rash decision and wonder if she hadn’t given the gentlemanly man an even chance. A Christmas party at her father’s estate sprinkled with a sweet conversat ...more
Debbie Brown
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, not-jaff
Such a delightful romance! Love Ned Sharpe, a wealthy manufacturer who works so hard to behave like a perfect gentleman as he courts a baronet's daughter. Love Sophie Appersett, the aforementioned daughter, who has been willing to entertain the idea of marrying this oddly silent man, knowing her father spent her dowry money on paying off estate debts and modernizing it by installing gas lines for lighting.

The book begins with Sophie telling Mr. Sharpe they don't seem to suit, and didn't he agree
Scarllet ✦ Underrated Lit Warrior
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
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, read-2018
This Victorian, Christmas novella takes place in London, England, during the Christmas holidays in 1861. If you can't picture the time period, think Queen Victoria, and the year Prince Albert passed away at a young age of forty-two years old. It was a time when progress was being pushed for, a time when railroads were cutting through countrysides and new inventions and commodities were being implemented into households at great costs, thus, the premise for this story: A Holiday by Gaslight.
I re
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely sweet romance set at Christmas time, perfect for a Christmas read.
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.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, christmas
I gave this 5 bright Christmas stars! This story was wonderful. I’m completely in love with MM writing and I hope she never stops.

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
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Victorian Romance between a dutiful young and impoverished noblewoman and an wealthy up-and-coming merchant with humble origins who's taking all the wrong advice.

The courtship between Sophie Appersett and Edward Sharpe is faltering towards a failure, when the two resolve a last chance with a Christmas house party at Sophie's family estate. Sophie's efforts to protect her family has Edward falling for her while everything looks like falling apart.

Sophie and Edward are such practical people that
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A sweet story,dotted with shades of N&S, centred on the love story between Ned and Sophie.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2018
Hadn’t read anything from Matthews before but this cover totally reeled me in :O)

As it happens, this novella proved to be a perfect little historical romance. The characters were well drawn, their voices capturing my interest. There are also quite a few shades of Gaskell’s North and South (one of my favourites!). It is however the setting that I really enjoyed. Matthews obviously likes her History and she portrays the Victorian era of 1861 nicely, paying extra attention to the bombshell that wa
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What better way to get yourself into the holiday spirit than with a Victorian themed Christmas romance. Set in the Dickensian London of the 1860’s, and in Mr. Darcy territory of Derbyshire, A Holiday by Gaslight, by Mimi Matthews offers everything that a Victorian-era Christmas love story should. A snowy Palladian country manor house to set the idyllic scene: holiday traditions of bringing family and friends together to celebrate by decking the halls, sleigh rides, and yule logs—all culminating ...more
Courtney Clark
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
A delight of a novella! Mimi Matthews combines the opulent traditions of the era (Christmas trees! Mistletoe! Sleigh Rides! Country mansions with gaslight!) with two lead characters whose initial misperceptions set up a lovely romantic match with depth. With nods to one of my favorite classics, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, this story transcends classes and the bounds of familial expectations all through the discovery of two persons and their common values. I appreciate how Ned's attract ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A very festive romance with two strong practical leads.
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~*Review first appeared on The Bent Bookworm!*~

I saw this book and wanted it. Instantly. THAT COVER. Who doesn’t want to dress up in a sweeping, rich red gown with Christmas green trim? Clearly I was born in the wrong century. I had never heard of Mimi Matthews and while I am typically suspicious of historical romance books, my lovely experience with Someone to Trust (by Mary Balogh) made me willing to give this one a try as well.

The premise was intriguing enough – a woman willing to sacrifice h
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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews 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 ...more
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