Even though it is after the holidays I decided to read A Holiday By Gaslight by Mimi Matthews. This was a novella with a very Christmas theme and it was delightful.
Sophie Appersett was being courted by a suitor who was not a gentleman but he was as rich as one. Her parents supported the match but Sophie was having a hard time. She knew nothing of her suitor which did not sit well with her. Becoming bolder Sophie needed to know Ned more and at the Christmas party seemed the best idea.
Mr. Edward “Ned” Sharpe had been besotted by Sophie but he had no idea how to talk to a lady. He will follow a book which will make his seem distant. Ned believes that all is lost but then Sophie gives him a proposal.
I really enjoyed these characters. Sophie was often a little too shy at times and Ned was not forward enough but they got their act together. I liked that Sophie became a little more assertive and Ned took charge but he was not demanding. There was a part in the book that I thought all was ruined but thankfully they were able to talk.
The idea of gaslight was interesting to read and the father was definitely a visionary but he was too much of a dreamer and very selfish.
The one aspect I didn’t really love was Emily, who was Sophie’s sister. Emily was too spoiled for me. She wasn’t a villain but she wasn’t a great sister always. Deep down she was a good person, but I would almost prefer her to be the villain. It was annoying to have her in the book. I kept saying she was okay to she was annoying.
I am off to read another book.
I am coming back to an author that has quickly become a favorite of mine, Mimi Matthews. I have read several of her books and have been impressed with her writing. The words just come together and create an engaging story to read. The Work of Art is another well done story that left me wanting my own Captain Heywood.
Phyllida Satterthwaite lived a sheltered life with her grandparents but when they were both taken away from her, her life was quickly turned upside down. A distant male cousin will come and take her to his household which he will present her to the ton. Philly will realize that her cousin has his own agenda and she would have to do what she must. Philly will be shocked to find help from Captain Arthur Heywood.
Captain Arthur Heywood had been to battle and came back but injured. He was a shell of the man he had been but Philly will have him live again. When he sees her fighting to not be trapped he offers his service and his life will forever be changed because of her.
I really loved this story. Philly was a compassionate woman who was sheltered but had a good heart. Her love of dogs was heartwarming. She did not pity Arthur as some would have done, she found a friendship with him and when all was almost lost for herself she did not ask him for help for herself, but for her animals. I loved Arthur, he was a broken man but not that broken. He just thought it would be easier to not care, but he changed and I liked that it was a subtle change. Not an overnight change.
These were two characters who were very similar and brought out the best in each other. The mystery behind the letter and the danger to Philly had left me questioning who the villain was in the book. There were several options. I had not guessed the villain, but they were on my list of possibilities.
I am looking forward to my next Mimi Matthews books, A Holiday By Gaslight.