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A Holiday By Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella by [Mimi Matthews]
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"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

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

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 resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07GTCFPWS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Perfectly Proper Press (13 November 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4493 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 174 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0999036475
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully satisfying
By Fiction Aficionado on 14 November 2018
I discovered Mimi Matthews when a friend gushed about her recent release, A Matrimonial Advertisement. I read it straight away and loved it so much that I searched for her other books and found this little gem of a Christmas novella was soon to release. And here it is. Yipeee! And it was every bit as good as I was hoping it would be.

I still have some of Ms Matthews’ backlist to read (and make no mistake; I will definitely be reading them) so I’m only going by the two novels I’ve read so far, but one of the things that hooked me right from the start was the fact that her characters don’t have that glossy patina that so many romance novel characters have.

And her heroes! They’re they kind of men that don’t always present in the best light on first meeting—often taciturn and even a little forbidding—but if you take the time to mine their characters, you’ll find the mother lode of all the most important hero qualities: integrity, sincerity, protectiveness, and deep affection. In Edward Sharpe’s own words: “I’m not a man given to great expressions of emotion. It’s not how I was raised. It’s not how I’ve lived my life. But I do feel things deeply. I may not always show it, but I do.”

It certainly didn’t hurt that this novella also had several winks, nudges, and nods to Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. If you love John Thornton, then you are likely to be very well pleased with Edward Sharpe.

To put it simply, this was a thoroughly satisfying Christmas novella for this history lover.

I received a copy of this novel from via Netgalley. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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Carol Cork
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, entertaining and heart-warming novella
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sleigh rides????
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Jess Gofton
3.0 out of 5 stars A sweet romance that will appeal to any fans of North and South
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2019
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Janet Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2018
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