A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

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. A Last Chance for Love But severing ties with her taciturn suitor isn’t as ...

Details A Holiday by Gaslight

TitleA Holiday by Gaslight
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherPerfectly Proper Press
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Holiday, Christmas, Historical, Historical Fiction, Novella

Reviews A Holiday by Gaslight

  • 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 ...
  • Carrie
    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....
  • Mellie Antoinete
    ****#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 th...
  • Erin
    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
  • Dianne
    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 c...
  • OLT
    (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...
  • 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 ...
  • Christina
    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 ...
  • Sophia
    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...
  • Tina
    3.5 starsI 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 coun...
  • Jennifer
    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”...
  • Laurel
    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...
  • Dana Michael
    Christmas during the Victorian era. This novella was a fun read. The two main characters were from different sides of the social class. The heroine was of noble birth and the hero was a wealthy tradesman. I enjoyed seeing how their relationship developed and played out. I recommend for anyone who loves historical romance with a hea and appreciate a clean read as well. There are a few curse words in the story in case you are sensitive to that, but...
  • Flavia
    Sophie Appersett is in a bit of a bind, as the sensible elder daughter of Sir Appersett it is her duty to marry into wealth but wealth in the heyday of Victorian Britain does not exclusively mean a gentleman of her social standing. Enter Mr. Edward Sharpe, a man as reserved (taciturn, Sophie might say) as he is darkly handsome, Ned Sharpe is drawn to Sophie's elegance and simplicity and, knowing that there are those who'd see the match between th...
  • Paige
    This is a perfect Christmas novella! This is a charming, sweet, romantic historical romance to sink into. Set in Victorian England, the author notes that there are allusions to Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, North and South. Indeed, the hero, Ned, does give off some delicious John Thornton vibes. However, this is not a retelling and this story stands delightfully on its own. Readers will enjoy it whether or not they are aware of the nods to North and...
  • Jujubee
    What a delightful find! New-to-me author Mimi Matthews' writing style is a breath of fresh air in my beloved historical romance genre. I loved the opening chapters, which set the perfect tone, moodiness, and pacing of any classic Victorian-era doomed romance I've ever read *white-gloved, soft happy claps* Then with expertly exquisite tension, Ned and Sophie's voices bloomed across the pages in dual POVs as they begin to find if they truly could e...
  • Frankie Reviews
    My goodness, yet again I am blown away with the excellence that is Ms Mimi Matthews. I am a huge fan of her work – In fact, I have said that very sentence so many times, I’m sure that Mimi and everyone reading my reviews must be sick of hearing it, but I don’t care I am still going to shout it from the rooftops just how much I admire this fine lady’s work.A Holiday By Gaslight is a wonderfully seasonal novella that will definitly leave th...
  • Kate Olson
    An absolutely delightful and well-researched Victorian romance. Loved the technological and Darwin references.
  • Lori D
    This is a new author to me and when I saw the beautiful cover and title, I just had to read it! Set in Victorian England, we find our heroine, Sophie, knowing that she needs to marry for money. You see her father overspent trying to keep up with the times by putting in gas lines and running water in their home. I mean wouldn't you have done the same with these inventions to make life easier?Sophie began a courtship with a tradesman, Ned Sharpe. B...
  • Lena Goldfinch
    I have a fondness for Christmas novellas, especially ones set in Regency or Victorian England. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews may very well take the place as my favorite. A perfect holiday treat for Victorian-loving romantics. Sophie and Ned's sweet romance is sure to steal your heart.
  • Caroline
    Is there anything better than a Mimi Matthews novella? Maybe only a full-length novel, but I’m not complaining! Using Darwin, Prince Albert, domestic modernizations, and protagonists that actually speak honestly - candidly! - to one another, Matthews has created a beautifully inviting world that I wish to visit again. Such a world where characters can actually own up to their faults and humble themselves in apology is a lovely place, indeed.I r...
  • Carolyn
    I was smitten with Sophie and Ned from the beginning! Something about these unpretentious, straight-forward characters drew me in. The setting was just perfect for a Christmas romance with gaslight manors, evergreen, mistletoe, and a sleigh ride. And three holiday kisses to make a girl swoon. This is one of my favorite Christmas reads! I love the cover equally as much.
  • Dot Salvagin
    I don’t usually jump up and down getting all excited about a book but there is a time for everything, and so you can picture me jumping up and down. This novella is delightful!, wonderful!, and perfect for a spirited lift in the Holiday season.Sophie is not going to marry a man she doesn’t like and for the 2 months Ned Sharpe has been courting her, he has been uncommunicative and cold. So it is best to end it with Ned because he seems not to ...
  • Jane
    Mimi Matthews has fast become my favorite author of historical romance novels. She is an attorney as well as an author who researches and writes on all aspects of nineteenth century history—from animals, art, and etiquette to fashion, beauty, feminism, and law. Her attention to historical facts and detail really shows in her novels. Her books are published by Perfectly Proper Press and the courtship behaviors are true to the times – no jumpin...
  • Alisha
    If your fangirl heart desires something that is basically fanfiction inspired by North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell), you might like this.Sophie has been courted by the silent manufacturer Ned Sharpe for about two months, but she's tired of being the one to do all the talking. She hasn't learned a single thing about him in these two months, and can barely tell whether he likes her. She tells him that their courtship must end, since they have noth...
  • Clephiro (The Book Coven)
    A Holiday by Gaslight was a lovely novella that I obtained for review purposes from Netgalley. Mimi Mathews has been on my radar lately as a historical romance author to watch. I enjoyed her previous works immensely, and this one was no exception.Sophie needs to marry for money, and therefore, her parents intend her to take Mr. Sharpe as a husband. He's quiet and reticent, but when she becomes convinced that they can never be happy together, she ...
  • Amanda
    A Holiday by Gaslight marked my experience reading Mimi Matthews and I’m so glad it did because it was all of my catnip and just really good. Of course I loved the setup: starchy hero and no nonsense heroine falling in love at a Christmas party in the English countryside. Add that with the author’s delectable sprinklings of true to life Victorian history and of course there was the little fact that she herself states this story was inspired b...
  • Tanya Sridhar
    3.5/stars. I received this book from Netgalley and Perfectly Proper Press for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion of the book and it's characters.Mimi Matthews is a new author for me. Never having read her before I went in quite blind. The thing that caught my attention was the cover (which is so pretty) and the description. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Sophie is a wonderful character, I immidiately took a liking to her ...
  • Sally
    When I think of gaslight, I think of the 1944 Ingrid Bergman movie. I can’t help it. A Holiday by Gaslight sounds like it should be a mystery or suspense title, at least to me anyway. But read the cover blurb and a different type of scenario comes to mind. There’s nothing mysterious about this plot. A woman doesn’t care much for the man courting her, but her father is insistent. If she can get through the upcoming Christmas holiday at her f...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    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 ...