The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter

A Victorian Romance

A Proud Beauty

Society beauty Sylvia Stafford is far too pragmatic to pine. When the tragic death of her gamester father leaves her destitute and alone, she finds work as a governess in a merchant’s household in Cheapside. Isolated from the fashionable acquaintance of her youth, she resigns herself to lonely spinsterhood…until a mysterious visitor convinces her to temporarily return to her former life—and her former love.

A Scarred Beast

Colonel Sebastian Conrad is no longer the dashing cavalry officer Sylvia once fell in love with. Badly scarred during the Sepoy Rebellion, he has withdrawn to his estate in rural Hertfordshire where he lives in near complete seclusion. Brooding and tormented, he cares nothing for the earldom he has inherited—and even less for the faithless beauty who rejected him three years before.

A Second Chance

A week together in the remote Victorian countryside is the last thing either of them ever wanted. But when fate intervenes to reunite them, will a beastly earl and an impoverished beauty finally find their happily-ever-after? Or are some fairy-tale endings simply not meant to be?


“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. Readers searching for a clean yet emotionally passionate love story will be satisfied with Sylvia and Sebastian’s believable relationship.” -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

“Mimi Matthews writing reflects her deep academic knowledge of Victorian social history, subtly making every action and speech believable…I found myself rooting for Sylvia and enjoying every moment of this delightful novel.” -Lizanne Lloyd | Lost in a Good Book

“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

“A sweet, fast paced story…For fans of historical romance, I highly recommend this one.” -More Than a Review

“So romantic! A sweet, emotional, and hopeful story. I look forward to reading more from this author. ” -Buried Under Romance

A well-written historical romance that will please fans of the Victorian era. -San Francisco Book Review

“A little Beauty and the Beast, a little Jane Eyre and a lot of fun.” -For the Love of Books

“Ms. Matthews’ shows herself to be a master in the understanding of the human heart, the endurance of love when love seems hopelessly gone. At times I cried, and times I laughed…I would definitely recommend this book…This was beautifully written, thought provoking and emotionally stirring.” -Shannon, NetGalley

“This was an amazing story and so full of heart. The pain, the two went thru both emotionally and physically was astounding. The story’s descriptions were so good and the characters appeared so life like…It not only drew you in but kept your interest. I was captivated right away and read this in one sitting.” -Candy, Goodreads

“A beautifully written and well researched story about two beautiful souls who found each other and lost each other too soon.” -Flora, Goodreads 

“What a wonderful well written story! It was a pleasure to read it, a real page-turner…It’s all so well crafted and perfect…The prose was elegant and fluid, the pace steady…The dialogue is great too.” –Maria, Goodreads 

“I really loved this book! I thought it was beautifully written and well researched. The characters were believable and I was rooting for them the whole time. It was the kind of story that kept me up late at night reading.” -Allyson, Goodreads

“I read this book in one sitting, clutching my tea in one hand and my kindle in the other…There was such imagery and attention to detail, I instantly felt transported.” -Lora, Goodreads

Contests and Awards

2016 RWA Beau Monde Royal Ascot finalist

2016 NTRWA Great Expectations finalist