"Matthews (The Matrimonial Advertisement) pays homage to Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South with her admirable portrayal of the Victorian era's historic advancements in addition to courtship struggles arising from societal castes...Readers will easily fall for Sophie and Ned in their gaslit surroundings." -Library Journal, starred review
"Matthews' novella is full of comfort and joy--a sweet treat for romance readers that's just in time for Christmas." -Kirkus Reviews
"A HOLIDAY BY GASLIGHT is a warm and captivating Christmas romance which showcases how people from two different worlds can find common ground and genuine love." -The Romance Reviews, top pick
“A graceful love story...and an authentic presentation of the 1860s that reads with the simplicity and visual gusto of a period movie." -Readers’ Favorite
"A HOLIDAY BY GASLIGHT is smart and clever, very romantic, quite illuminating in so many respects, and one of the best historical Christmas stories I have ever read; a treat not to be missed by historical romance aficionados." -Buried Under Romance
"[A] wonderfully charming and vividly rich romance, that will have the readers swooning with absolute delight. Perfect!" -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
"Swoon-worthy and captivating, this endearing story's protagonists are what enchant. Their love story is a teasing reminder of how powerful a backward glance, a silent pause, or gentle kiss can be. Only the most talented writers can conjure this elusive and bewitching spell." -Austenprose
"Historically rich and tenderly romantic! Lovely in every way." -Caroline Linden, USA Today bestselling author
"A lovely novella perfect for the Christmas Season. The writing is impeccable, as is the setting, and the characters are very appealing. I really liked the quiet but deeply felt relationship that developed between the hero and heroine." -Vanessa Kelly, USA Today bestselling author
“A perfect holiday treat for Victorian-loving romantics. Sophie and Ned’s sweet romance is sure to steal your heart.” -Lena Goldfinch, bestselling author of The Unexpected Bride
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.