A Holiday By Gaslight
A Victorian Christmas Novella
2019 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Gold Medal Winner - Holiday Fiction
“…a real delight. Fun to read and fun to read again, this book is one of my favorites now.” —Readers’ Favorite
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.
“A very merry tale of romance that’s perfect for the holiday season.” —Kirkus
“Readers will easily fall for Sophie and Ned in their gaslit surroundings.” —Library Journal
“A wonderful pre-holiday escape. I love her heroines and her fresh take on classic tropes.” —Jane Porter, NY Times bestselling author
“Historically rich and tenderly romantic! Lovely in every way.” —Caroline Linden, USA Today bestselling author
“A warm and captivating Christmas romance which showcases how people from two different worlds can find common ground and genuine love.” —The Romance Reviews
"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
"A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews is a light, fast Victorian romance sure to lift your spirits." —Yakima Herald-Republic
"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
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.