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 Badly scarred during the Sepoy Rebellion, he has withdrawn to his estate in rural Hertfordshire where he lives in near complete seclusion.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?

Reviews

“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

“I had high hopes for The Lost Letter and I wasn’t disappointed. Mimi Matthews’ début novel is deeply romantic…I’ll be looking forward to more from this promising new historical romance author.” -Romantic Historical Reviews

“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

The Lost Letter is a lovely, touching, and beautifully written story, which I’m sure will be enjoyed by anyone who favors emotion, romance, and a second chance at love.” –Long and Short Reviews

“A classic story of love lost and reignited and the complicated scenarios that come between the two young lovers…A charming read.” -Reader’s Favorite

The Lost Letter is a classic tale of  star-crossed lovers…a delightfully romantic turn around the Victorian corner.” -A Star In My Own Universe

“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. ” -Love at 1st Read

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

“The descriptions of the clothing and costumes in this book are so spot on it hurts…I love how the clothing symbolized the changes, moods, and station of every character in the book. I loved knowing what to expect from the descriptions, which is one of the most interesting foreshadowing techniques I have seen in a good long while.” -MiniMac Reviews

“With lovely writing skills that develop the story from two points of view, the caring and emotional connection these two people have can be felt right on the pages… Perfect read for those that love a story written in the traditional style.” -A Midlife Wife

“If you took Pride and Prejudice and married it to Beauty and the Beast, you would end up with The Lost Letter…204 pages of addicting romance between Sylvia Stafford and her lost love, Colonel Sebastian Conrad.” -GeekMom

“A sweet Victorian romance with a delightful array of twists…Sylvia is spunky, with a mind of her own and the daring to take matters into her own hands. And Sebastian is the kind of hero who can melt a woman’s heart. I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to seeing many more Victorian romances from this talented author.” -Bergers Books Reviews

Contests and Awards

2016 RWA Beau Monde Royal Ascot finalist

2016 NTRWA Great Expectations finalist