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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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  • 02-08-19

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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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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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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loved it

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

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The Best!!!

I have absolutely loved every audible and book I have read by the amazing Mimi Matthews. Her writing and storylines speak to me and are exactly what I enjoy. Throw in Alex Wyndham as narrator and it is mesmorizing!! He has the perfect tone and voices for the characters, especially the hero. All I can say is I long for more with this combination!!

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Like it was a real Victorian novel!

Fairly decent story, it reads like it was written in the Victorian age, and is well written.
Not much of a fan of the narrator. His speed was alright, but he sounded surprised most of the time, it didn't sound like there was a period at the end of the sentences. And he pronounced ''Appersett'' in a way I found annoying.

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Terribly uneven performance

The story is short and entertaining. Most characters are likable, and expertly sketched. Overall - quite a pleasant read.

The book also showcases a rare relationship based on believable growth of mutual respect and esteem, initiated by a pact of honesty and open communication. Very refreshing.

The performance, however, was terribly grating. For some characters and the main narrative every sentence ends on a weird tone, like a cross between a question and a surprised exclamation. It annoyed me so much I could hardly finish the book.

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The narrator on this book was not my cup of tea!

The story line was okay but the narrator drove me crazy with his rising intonation at the end of any and all utterances. I finally gave up and went to on to another book.

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incredible

so romantic and utterly amazing. such a perfect holiday romance. ah! i just loved it!

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Narrator needs to find another job

so boring. It's like every conversation between the characters is a whisper. Narrator has no character himself. can't follow a book when the narrator is soooooo boring

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  • Book addict
  • 01-09-21

Enjoyable

This was an enjoyable little story. I didn’t get as dragged in as I have done with this author’s other books (such as The Work of Art and Gentleman Jim) because it’s only novella length. But, enjoyable all the same.

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  • Brigitta Davidson
  • 12-13-20

Short but quite nice

This was a very short book but quite interesting.
The characters summed up the spirit of the age and it was well read.
I enjoyed it.

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  • Susan
  • 05-18-20

Sweet Novella

Listened to this story over 2 days. A sweet story, very enjoyable.

Wish it was longer, but I loved it anyway.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 12-26-19

Great Christmas happy ever after

soft and romantic just for Christmas.
Great characters and story scene setting was really good.

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  • 11-27-19

Lovely Christmas romance

This holiday romance makes you smile. Such a sweet story and very acurate telling of victorian life.

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  • Highlight
  • 11-10-19

Enjoyable Romance For Winter Nights

Just right for these early dark evenings. Warm & peaceful, nothing strenuous just relaxing to curl up with your loved one.

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  • michelle
  • 12-31-18

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.

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  • Pauline Philpott
  • 11-09-19

Sweet and lovely

This is one of the best stories I’ve heard in a very long time. It’s certainly a keeper to be read over and over and listened too, Alex Wyndham is one of the top readers, he captures all the voices, male and female. Take a listen! You are sure to love it.