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The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance Paperback – 18 June 2017

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“This sweet story is the perfect quick read for fans of Regency romances as well as Victorian happily-ever-afters, with shades of Austen and the Brontës that create an entertaining blend of drama and romance.” -RT Book Reviews

“Debut author Matthews adroitly captures the internal conflicts of her two main characters…The author’s prose is consistently refined and elegant, and she memorably builds the simmering attraction between Sylvia and Sebastian.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A fast and emotionally satisfying read, with two characters finding the happily-ever-after they had understandably given up on. A promising debut.” -Library Journal

“An extremely romantic and emotional story… The characters are so realistic and just walk off the page and into your heart. This love story will stay in my memory for some time to come. This is a definite keeper that I can highly recommend.” -The Romance Reviews

“Absolutely remarkable!…Right up there with the best books I have read this year…Beautiful, romantic and emotionally shattering…One of those books that you keep on the bookshelf forever…Flawless!” -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

“In a sweet Victorian setting, Beauty and the Beast is retold in a two and a half hour read that will have your heart doing somersaults the whole time.” -Book Ink Reviews

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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 resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Perfectly Proper Press (18 June 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0999036416
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0999036419
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 1.55 x 20.32 cm
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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances, including Fair as a Star, a Library Journal Best Romance of 2020; Gentleman Jim, a Kirkus Best Indie Romance of 2020; and The Work of Art, winner of the 2020 HOLT Medallion. Mimi’s novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine.

In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House. To learn more, please visit www.MimiMatthews.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely well written story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2020
Sylvia Stafford had made a life for herself although it wasn’t at all what she had expected. In her previous existence as a baron’s daughter, warm hearted society beauty Sylvia was sought after and didn’t lack friends or suitors. Her heart was won by Colonel Sebastian Conrad, before he returned to the Sepoy Rebellion in India, and the attraction was most definitely mutual.

After her father had gambled away any inheritance she might have had, his mounting debts prompted him to commit suicide. In the ensuing scandal Sylvia’s friends and family cut her out of their lives. She had no choice but to seek employment and for the last two years had been governess in the Dinwiddy household.

An unexpected visit one day brought Sylvia’s previous life to the fore in a completely unforeseen and startling manner. Lady Julia Harker, Sebastian’s sister, wants Sylvia to accompany her to Pershing Hall, the family’s country estate. Her brother, now the Earl of Radcliffe after the deaths of his father and brother, has returned from India badly scarred in mind and body and refuses to see anyone or to leave the estate. Julia believes Sylvia could make all the difference to her brother. She remembered how happy Sylvia had made him.

[quote] Sylvia felt all the color drain out of her face. A long suppressed memory threatened to overwhelm her. “You don’t mean that your brother…That your brother is…”

“The Earl of Radcliffe. Though you would have known him as Colonel Sebastian Conrad—Oh dear! Miss Stafford!” Lady Harker leapt up and rushed to Sylvia’s side. [unquote]

Sylvia and Sebastian were both labouring under misapprehensions and too ready to jump to conclusions. It had been so long and too much had happened since they first met. But Julia was worried about her brother. It was only too obvious how depressed and embittered he was.

The writing flowed smoothly, driven by the characters, and the historical aspects were well researched, giving an authenticity to the narrative while taking into account the after effects of war. Mimi Matthews has created two likeable characters with betrayals, lies, feelings of rejection and hurt to overcome. The romance is lovely despite the fact it doesn’t run smoothly due to another misunderstanding. I like the roles Julia and Milsom, Sebastian’s valet, played, bringing humour into the story.

The Lost Letter could have been a little longer with more initial details about Sylvia and Sebastian but nevertheless, it was satisfying emotionally and very enjoyable.
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