My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh Yes, a perfect romance for that snowy Christmassy night. Well, no worries, even if it’s not snowing, A Holiday By Gaslight is a lovely read that is sure to leave you feeling all cuddly and warm.
Set in Victorian times, the author captures the era wonderfully but it is the character of Sophie and Ned that makes the story utterly delightful. Sophie’s circumstances have forced her into a situation where marriage with Edward Sharpe, a rich merchant is the only option. Sophie is not snobbish, she has no trouble in accepting the differences but it is the morose and brooding quality of her fiancé that she’s unable to stand. The opening scene when she breaks off the engagement and his reaction was hilarious.
The holiday cheer is perfectly captured and the pacing of the romance between the leads is just right. One can feel their growing attraction and the change in Ned from a reserved guy to an understanding partner who sees thru her father’s irresponsible behavior and Sophie’s pragmatism. I loved his steady demeanor in accepting Sophie as his equal.
This is a novella but it is sufficiently good to ring in the festive atmosphere and the book to be chosen if you are looking for a sweet and thoughtful romance with some meticulous research into Victorian times.
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.
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