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 Badly scarred during the Sepoy Rebellion, he has withdrawn to his estate in rural Hertfordshire where he lives in near complete seclusion.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


“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

“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

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

“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

“It was very well written. I enjoyed the second chance plot with well developed characters and lovely dialogue. I couldn’t put it down.” -Susan, Goodreads 

“The book flowed so easily. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.” –Patricia, Goodreads

Contests and Awards

2016 RWA Beau Monde Royal Ascot finalist

2016 NTRWA Great Expectations finalist