Title: A Holiday By Gaslight
Author: Mimi Matthews
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Publication Date: November 13th, 2018
“A Dutiful Daughter
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. After all, even a dutiful daughter has her limits.
A Taciturn Tradesman
Ned has come a long way since his days working as a draper’s assistant. He’s wealthy, ambitious, and eager to take a wife. But the courtship advice issued in The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Though he’s followed it to the letter, Miss Appersett still doesn’t wish to see him again. Frustrated and hurt, he’s more than happy to oblige her.
A Christmas Courtship
Severing ties with her former beau 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 the annual Christmas party at Appersett House and give him one more chance to win her? But this time there’ll be no false formality. This time they’ll get to know each other for who they really are.” (Goodreads)
I hadn’t picked up a book or my kindle for a couple days but I found this one while browsing on my library’s e-catalog. The cover was definitely what drew me in but in the synopsis when it described Mr.Sharpe as darkly handsome, I was sold!
So this book is very short. It’s under 200 pages. I wasn’t sure how this would play out with the relationship between Mr. Sharpe and Miss Appersett but even without a lot of character development, it was still easy to follow a long and see their relationship blossom.
I also enjoy the banter between the two. It was funny and kept me engaged. There were also secret kisses and I was hear for it!
Another reason I liked this book was the Christmas setting. It was a perfect read as we are getting close to my favorite holiday!
Overall, I liked this one and glad I gave it a try.