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A Holiday by Gaslight

A Victorian Christmas Novella
Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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"A graceful love story...and an authentic presentation of the 1860s that reads with the simplicity and visual gusto of a period movie." (Readers' Favorite)

A courtship of convenience.

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.

A last chance for love.

But severing ties with her taciturn suitor 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 Appersett House for Christmas and give him one last chance to win her? Only this time, there'll be no false formality. This time, they'll get to know each other for who they really are.

©2018 Mimi Matthews (P)2018 Mimi Matthews

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  • Evangeline Anderson
  • 27-06-2019

Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book which did a great job of combining the different social classes in Victorian England. It reminded me very much of the mini series north and south from BBC. Ned Sharp is every inch John Thornton, at least in my mind. The author did a wonderful job of bringing out the practical as well as the romantic side of the story which I found very interesting indeed. It’s also clear that she did plenty of research – all the little historical touches really add to the story. Highly recommended!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-03-2019

loved it

Alex Wyndham, narrative makes every story come alive. He's So amazing!! Good job MiMi Matthews

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  • D
  • 08-02-2019

A Beguiling Love Story!

I was thoroughly delighted by this charming story, even though I felt it was too short. I have been searching for another author, who could write luscious tales of a time past, without cramming it full of debauchery and lewdness. I am especially fond of the vocal artistry of Mr. Alex Wyndham having listened to him on at least ten other audiobooks. It was his voice that first drew me to this book, yet the author's writing is worthy on its own merit. I hope Ms. Matthews continues to utilize the talents of Mr. Wyndham, because it enhances the enjoyment of her book ten-fold. I hate to say this, but her previous narrator (I have two of those audio books also) is not as pleasing, nor has the depth of range, that Mr. Wyndham exhibits. Thanks for a lovely read.

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  • PennyLou
  • 01-05-2019

Beautiful love story with a little history

I chose this book because I wanted to hear Alex Wyndham's sexy smooth voice. Mimi Matthews is a new author for me and I will read/listen to her books again. She is wonderfully talented at spinning a story and just as talented in her character development. And Alex Wyndham is chocolate icing on Mimi's cake. I so appreciate Mimi's keeping this story to 4 hours rather than going on and on and on.

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  • Mb4pax
  • 15-08-2019

Thoroughly charming

A novella of taste, a touch of angst, class differences and a love that challenged it all. A delightful listen particularly with Alex Wyndham performing.

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  • Kristin
  • 06-08-2019

Short and sweet!!

What a darling read (listen)!
It’s rare in a novella for the characters to be as developed as they are in this charming Victorian romance. I found myself grinning as I was listening—!!

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  • ReadingMad100
  • 03-08-2019

Delightful historical.

This was delightful in a clean, historical way. The main characters, Sophie and Mr. Sharpe, were intelligent, likeable people and I wanted them to experience romantic success together. Sophie consented to be courted by Mr. Sharpe who was considered beneath her by those of her class. But in reality, her family was upper class in name only. Her suitor, Mr. Sharpe, was a man who had worked to make himself successful and wealthy. Sophie’s family was cautious about him but needed him at the same time. This style of story has been done before, but it was the way it was gently and cleverly handled here that set it apart, especially because Alex Wyndham narrated it beautifully. He infused much warmth in Sophie, and desperation in Mr. Sharpe – first by trying to win Sophie over and then suffering at the prospect of losing her.

I loved that even in the beginning, when Sophie is releasing Mr. Sharpe from his courtship of her, I could feel how the pain of it sliced through him eliciting my immediate sympathy towards him. That was impressive writing since I hardly knew Sophie or Mr. Sharpe. Of course, that wasn’t the end, the road to their happy ever after was sweet indeed.

You actually get 2 romances in one book here, as Sophie’s sister is also looking to make a match.

I recommend this story for those who love clean romantic historical reads (though there is some kissing) with beautiful narration by one of the best.

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  • michelle
  • 31-12-2018

Great little holiday listen

Enjoyed this book so much listened in one sitting!.
Alex Wyndham is such a joy to listen to and brings the characters to life like no one else.
Would happily listen to it again.