A Holiday By Gaslight

A Holiday By Gaslight

A Victorian Christmas Novella

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.

Advance Praise

“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. Revealed incrementally throughout are family circumstances molding the characters of both Sophie and Ned, allowing their genuine identities to evolve naturally, just like their sincere and sweet romance…Readers will easily fall for Sophie and Ned in their gaslit surroundings.” -Library Journal, STARRED review

“Matthews includes all the required elements of a cozy English Christmas and a classic Victorian love story…[Her] 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 real delight. Completely satisfying as a graceful love story, it also doubles as a family drama and an authentic presentation of the 1860s that reads with the simplicity and visual gusto of a period movie…It’s a sweet tale filled with believable characters…Fun to read and fun to read again, this book is one of my favorites now.” -Readers’ Favorite, 2019 Gold Medal for Holiday Fiction

“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 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

“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

“I’ve become quite a fan of Mimi Matthews’ historicals and this holiday novella was a wonderful pre-holiday escape. I love her heroines and her fresh take on classic tropes.” -Jane Porter, New York Times and 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 is the epitome of what historical romance is all about….Sure to warm your heart—perfect read for the holiday season!”-Christina Boyd, The Quill Ink

“Mimi can write love better than anyone…With A Holiday by Gaslight I was smitten the instant I started reading.” -Passages to the Past

“This is a lovely, entertaining and heart-warming novella and the perfect accompaniment to the festive season.” -Rakes and Rascals

“If I could recommend you to pick up any cozy Christmas read this year, A Holiday By Gaslight would easily be at the top of the list.” -Howling Libraries

A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews is a light, fast Victorian romance sure to lift your spirits.” -Yakima Herald-Republic

“This is magical, it beautifully entwines a gorgeous Victorian Christmas, social prejudices of the era and the most marvellously different cast of characters that you would ever want in a historical romance…[A] wonderfully charming and vividly rich romance, that will have the readers swooning with absolute delight. Perfect!” -Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

“Blending the rapidly evolving scientific discoveries of the 1860s with changing societal ideas and prejudices makes for a fresh approach to the Victorian Christmas novella…Gaslight brings all the charm and magic of a Victorian Christmas to life on each page. Fans of Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers series will love Mimi Matthews’ A Holiday by Gaslight!” -BookWyrm Reader

“A novella that reads like a novel, A Holiday by Gaslight is a fun treat…If you are looking for a quintessential Victorian historical romance, definitely check this one out!” -SmexyBooks

“A surprisingly lovely and feminist, sweet romance. Feminist? In Victorian England? Hell, yes. Sophie is a capable woman, a voracious reader, an admirer of Charles Darwin. She’s a custodian of her own agency even (and maybe especially) when so little power is afforded her. I mean, I loved it, y’all. This is smart and adorable and it just feels ‘good’.” -Flavia, NetGalley

“Pairing Prince Albert’s death with the theory of evolution and gaslight making its way into English homes is ingenious…It’s Christmas and there’s a house party – the scene is set for angst, romance and a happy ending. Loved it.” -Rekha, NetGalley

Contests and Awards
  • 2019 Readers’ Favorite Awards Gold Medal Winner — Holiday Fiction


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