A Holiday By Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella

A Holiday By Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella

by Mimi Matthews


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ISBN-13: 9780999036471
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 88,453
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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.

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A Holiday By Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
GratefulGrandma 4 months ago
This is a short, sweet Christmas novella that finds two sisters finding love at Christmas. Sophie Appersett has tried to get to know her new suitor Edward Sharpe for two months, but has given up on their relationship. After she tells him that they just don't suit, her father is extremely upset. He wanted this match for the money. He has pretty much bankrupted the family and Edward is a very wealthy tradesperson who he wants to marry his daughter. Sophie's mother is much better at getting Sophie to see the error of her ways and she agrees to try again. If Mr. Sharpe would only be candid with her about his feelings, she could make an informed decision. Edward Sharpe (Ned to his friends) was smitten by Sophie Appersett at first sight. Not just her beauty, but her winning smile and the way she presents herself has made him sure that he wants her for his wife. When she breaks off the relationship he is hurt, but does not want to let her know. When she visits him to ask if he is willing to try again to get to know each other, he agrees, but is worried that it won't work. I enjoyed this story. I liked the banter between the characters and the humour in the story. I was not impressed with Sophie's father. I found him selfish, self-centered and feeling sorry for himself. I also didn't like that his attitude rubbed off on his youngest daughter Emily. It was great to see Emily change her attitude by the end of the story. This story deals with class expectations and their stations, the way women were often seen as chattel and about the importance of marrying for love. Just what I needed at Christmas time. The publisher, Perfectly Proper Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own
apeape 6 months ago
I'll be honest, I'm not a romance reader. Not saying I mind a bit of romance in a story, but I don't head for the romance section when I go to a bookstore. This may be the book to change my mind about that. Our heroine, Sophie Appersett, is the oldest daughter of a baronet whose finances are not in a good state. She is resigned to the idea that she'll be marrying for money, not for love, but she wants to marry a man she at least likes. Her current suitor, Ned Sharpe, is a very wealthy tradesman- he has the money, if not the social standing, her family needs. After two months of courting, however, he remains stiff and cold, barely conversing with her. Deciding they just don't suit each other, Sophie breaks things off. This upsets her parents, and her mother confides that the family needs the money more than Sophie realizes. So she goes to Mr. Sharpe and makes a proposal- come to the Appersett manor in the country for Christmas, actually talk to each other, get to know each other, and see what happens. He accepts her offer, and over the holiday, well.....I won't spoil it. There are some definite swoon-worthy moments, but no heaving bosoms or bodices being ripped. There was wonderful period detail- the death of Prince Albert, the introduction of gaslight, plumbing, and other modern conveniences (worthy pursuits, but expensive), the controversy of Charles Darwin's writings, and changing times. I quite enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading other books by Mimi Matthews as well!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 8 months ago
Sweet holiday romance that let you believe in the magic of the holiday season. Sophie Appersett was very willing willing to do what was necessary for her family and that included marry outside of her social class. Mr. Edward Sharpe was a merchant of very poor beginnings. Their courtship left a lot to be desired. So much so that Sophie was going to end things. That was not what she wanted to do, but she had to abide the man she was to marry. She gives in and gives it another try. This time with things on her family's turf and walls down. Things unfold gradually and with better success. This was a short holiday read that gave you a sense of magic in the season. Loved the cover. And yes, I was very guilty of judging a book by its cover. That was exactly what brought me eyes to the blurb, the author name and then to the reading of a new holiday addition.
Tangen 8 months ago
Victorian-London, romance, class-consciousness, love She is level headed and knows that her aristocratic father has spent the family into debt with all of his farsighted improvements to the country house, but she is more ill at ease with man who is courting her because he seems so unemotional than because he is a rich cit. He has been raised to be reserved but it seems that he is going to lose the woman who fascinates him. They agree to begin again at the Christmas house party and decide the outcome at the end of it. Well told and engaging! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Perfectly Proper Press via NetGalley.
georgia1 8 months ago
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. But after a couple of months, it seemed they truly were not comparable But at Christmas, even something magical might happen to bring these two together. I really enjoyed the details and historical descriptions brought forth in this novella and hope to read more by this author in the future! I read this through NetGallery. Lori Dykes
Pokeybooboo 8 months ago
This was an absolutely perfect Christmas novella, hitting all the right notes for a holiday story. Ms. Matthews is a new favorite of mine, and I was very excited to read this story. Sophie's father was interested in marrying his eldest daughter to Ned, a rich businessman. He wanted to "sacrifice" Sophie for the money to make grand repairs to the family estate, while his younger daughter was to be given a season and to find a titled husband to marry. Sophie called off the courtship with Ned when she thought they didn't suit, as Ned was a quiet, stern and reserved gentleman. However, she decided to reconsider and still have Ned join her family for a Christmas house party. Their courtship was just lovely once they decided to actually give something of themselves to each other. This was in spite of Sophie's father's grandiose plans for Ned's money, Ned's parents who were not happy with the entire situation, and the development of a relationship between Sophie's sister and Ned's business partner. Things began to look quite bleak again..... But this is a Christmas romance; of course the ending did not disappoint! I can't wait to read more work by Mimi Matthews. Besides being a romantic story, it's quite obvious Ms. Matthews knows her history. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I received no compensation for this review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Vesper1931 8 months ago
In this Victorian romance Sophie Appersett is willing to marry a wealthy tradesman if it saves her family from ruin. But could she be happy with the taciturn Mr. Edward Sharpe. As Christmas approaches and after two months of courtship what does she decide to do. A delightful romantic novella. The characters are a well-developed group most of which are likeable. Overall a charming read.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and when I saw the cover to A Holiday by Gaslight, I melted. This novella is like cozying up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. It wraps your heart with warmth and leaves you with a feel-good feeling. Indeed, a delectable Christmas treat for all.