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 ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    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 las...
  • Holly
    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 duri...
  • 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
  • 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 Antoinette
    ****#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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Karen
    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 k...
  • Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
    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 findi...
  • Justine
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Amy (literatiloves)
    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. Thi...
  • 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 ...
  • Debbie Brown
    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. S...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    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 p...
  • Teresa
    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.
  • 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”...
  • Lindsay
    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 apar...
  • Mary
    A sweet story,dotted with shades of N&S, centred on the love story between Ned and Sophie.
  • Veronique
    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 n...
  • 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...
  • Courtney Clark
    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 t...
  • Robyn
    A very festive romance with two strong practical leads.
  • Giedre
    3.5/5A solid Christmas historical that pays homage to Gaskell's North and South. I always end up reading at least a couple of Christmas romances, despite being ambivalent about them in general. This one was a rather pleasant surprise.
  • 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...