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The Gentleman and the Lamplighter: A Short Story

Narrated by: Mark James
Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Gentleman and the Lamplighter is a historical romance NOVELLA about two men from different worlds who find acceptance - and red-hot passion - in each other's arms. From Summer Devon, who writes "gay Victorian romance with emotional tension" (Publishers Weekly). 

You can't walk away from love.

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he's ever loved - until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything....

But you can walk toward it...

Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he's admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love - if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears....

©2015 St Martin's Press (P)2019 M Kate Rothwell

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heartwarming

a very precious and lovely story it was so adorable and cute I loved it a lot you need to know how to write short stories from this kind and the author was brilliant it was adorable sweet and kind just lovely
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Lovely historical novella.

This short story is sweet and enticing enough to grant listening to it in one go.
Mr. Fullerton and Mr. Banks, who seem so different from one anpther, as far as social norms go, start talking to each other and discover rhey have really so much more they share.

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A sweet story narrated wonderfully.

Poor Giles is having a hard time getting over the loss of his longtime schoolmate and first lover. Its been a year and only when meeting John the imaginative and full of life lamplighter does Giles realize he wants to move on.

I really loved the inner thoughts of both Giles and John. Getting to follow Giles on his journey in excepting the difference between what he had in the past and what wonderful things he could have in the future with John was a nice treat and I’m grateful for Giles openness to new possibilities.

I was pleasantly surprised with Mark James. His voice is smooth and easy to understand. The slight change in tones is a nice touch. This is my first audio by Mark and hopefully not my last.

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  • JulieM
  • Louisiana, United States
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Charming Novella

I admit that after seeing Mary Poppins Returns, I wanted to give a fiction about a lamplighter a try. This MM romance involves two people who seem to be from separate worlds but who connect in fundamental ways. Giles is grieving the suicide of the only man he's ever loved, and John is kind, gentle, and quite observant. Giles is taken by how intelligent John is, and John already knows his attraction.

This story is enhanced by the performance of Mark James. John truly sounds gentle in the audio. Not weak, just... approachable. The right person for someone who has been tortured by grief for so long.

This story as an HEA that I won't spoil. I didn't expect it to turn out the way I did, but the author put the clues there the whole time. I suspect for most readers, it will be a surprise that makes sense.

If you like MM romance that leans to the sweet side of intimacy more than raunchy, this novella is a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Reviewer's disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Lovely story with good narration!

I Really enjoyed this short story. It's set in a time where it is not easy for 2 men to be together, but somehow you know that Giles and John will be ok in their future.
Mark James does an excellent job of bringing the story to life. His narration is solid and I had no trouble distinguishing between the characters. This is definitely a great way to experience the story.

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Great story, fantastic narration!

The Gentleman and the Lamplighter is a wonderful short story about two young men from very different classes finding each other. Both of them have lost someone close to them. The blurb is fantastic so give it a read. This is the first book I've read by Summer Devon but I have several others in both my ebook and audiobook libraries. I need to move them up higher on my TBR list. 😊

I could feel the emotions in the writing and in the fantastic narration by Mark James. After listening to this I tried very hard to find other audiobooks performed by him and was unable to find any. If this is indeed his first audiobook, what a fantastic way to begin.

I can be pretty critical of narrators. I've listened to a number of them, both male and female, where the phrasing and vocal inflections for the text being read were off, and therefore distracting to me as a listener. There was none of that in this book. I could see myself listening to this one again when I need something short and soothing to listen to.

Listening to The Gentleman and the Lamplighter was absolutely a great way to spend a couple of hours.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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A Delightful Gem!

Mark James does an outstanding job narrating this lovely little gem of a story. The Gentleman and the Lamplighter is a m/m Victorian about a lonely upper-class man in mourning after the love of his life dies, trapped in a conventional marriage. After one of his long nighttime walks, Giles meets John Banks, a lamplighter who recognizes a kindred spirit, and together they find friendship and more to overcome the darkness. Beautifully written and eloquently read, this is a touching short story for any lover of historical romance.

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Entertaining story

I enjoyed the story. Characters were interesting and unique. Narrator did a great job. I recommend this entertaining story and look forward to listening to other books by this author

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First love doesn't mean true love

My first Summer Devon and I’m completely charmed! 🥰 For a mere two hours listen, this one does pack unbelievable amount of all the feels. Oh, that bittersweet angst and those heart aching moments! 😌❤️ You know you are going to get a happy ending and yet your heart is aching for those protagonists! It was everything! 👏


Giles has been grieving and he’s been doing that for awhile. When his former classmate and secret lover committed suicide, Giles is to become the sort of caretaker for the wife of the man he had to let go. Unable to grieve properly and without anyone to talk, Giles started to roam the streets of London at nights, wandering and wondering aimlessly. And one day, he met an interesting person, the lamplighter, John Banks, who is intelligent, caring, understanding and oh-so-tempting. 😌 Giles is like a wounded cat who’s afraid to let anyone close. But true love and happiness won’t come without opening his heart first. And John isn’t someone who gives up easily for what his heart desires. These two kindred spirits must find a common ground not only in the sheets but also in their hearts to get the ultimate happiness they so desire and deserve.💜


This is a new-to-me author and new-to-me narrator. And what a glorious combo that has been! 😱 I absolutely loved Mark James’ narration! It was just finger-licking good! 😍 And oh Miss Devon, how I wish this is a full-length novel because I loved, loved, loved Giles and John. 😭 The angst, the feels, the emotions and the UST, damn, it was marvelous! And the smut was smoking hot! 🔥 And damn, that cover was scorching gorgeous! 🔥 The only thing that I can complain is the lack of an epilogue. But it was ok because we got our HEA. And Giles and John deserve the perfect happily ever after. 😍 This is my first Summer Devon but this certainly isn’t going to be my last. Loved it! ❤️



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Short but intense

Since the death of his school friend and beloved, Giles Fullerton is a shadow of the man he was before. Unable to sleep, he wanders the streets at nights, like a haunted man, completely unaware of the fact that he has caught the eye and the imagination of a lamplighter, John Banks. Despite all odds, these two men meet and find they share much more than they expected. But there are as many things keeping them apart…
This short story manages to pack up many an interesting topic, such as difference between classes, the need to hide men’s “unnatural proclivities”, the role of women in a society designed for men…. All those topics are intertwined in the love story between Giles and John.. The prose flows easily, the love story is engaging, and despite not being very long, there is a sense of completion.
Mark James’ narration brings both characters to life, his performance reflects John bright and positive personality, and lets us see Giles more collected demeanour. I really enjoyed the secondary characters, they provide a lively background to the main characters’ love story.
In short, a very entertaining story, I would love to continue listening about these two.