Book Review: A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews
Perfectly Proper Press 2018
The past couple of years I have had three major back surgeries each requiring a three month recovery time. What do I do when I can’t get up and get around? Read of course! During each recovery period I discovered new authors–to me anyway 🙂 I have read quite a few books during this time so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.
First up is A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews.
It’s novella length, it comes in digital, paper, and audio.
The first thing I have to say about this book is that I LOVE the cover! I leave the book out on my coffee table to glance at it as I pass by. No kidding.
Second thing is that if you loved Mr. Thornton as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the 2004 version of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell then you will like this book. Edward Sharpe is taciturn and Sophie Appersett is not. She is clever and outgoing.
The setting is a Christmas house party. Sophie invites Mr. Sharpe and his family to give herself and Mr. Sharpe one last chance to really get to know each other. The listing says that it’s a “Courtship of Convenience”. I don’t think so. Sophie genuinely wants to know who Mr. Sharpe is before she makes a decision about him either way.
I like her forthrightness and candor. I like his willingness to open up even though it makes him vulnerable.
My only issue is one I see popping up now and again in some recent Hallmark movies. It’s fodder for another post. And this story needs it as it’s predicated on North and South. I’m not going further than that because: spoilers.
It’s a clean read.
There is kissing.
It does not have a Christian story arc.
The writing is tight without redundancy.