A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

About The Book:

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.

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.

My Thoughts:

Such a delightfully festive Christmas novella! The characters speak their minds with charm and wit and the romance builds slowly and effortlessly! I enjoyed that Sophie was able to see Edwards character and personality as they spent the Christmas Holiday together. I enjoyed the slow realization of feelings for each other. Edwards flirtatious comments were absolutely everything! I loved it! I would highly recommend this for a quick, sweet Holiday themed historical!

Her Silent Knight by Ashtyn Newbold

About The Book:

For Selina Ellis, a crowded fair held on the frozen surface of the Thames is the perfect opportunity to meet with her secret suitor—the son of her family’s solicitor—without being caught. But when an acquaintance from her childhood, Sir Edmund, discovers their courtship, a bargain is struck. In order for Edmund to keep her secret, she must convince her mother to allow him to stay in their home for Christmastide, where he will be close enough to keep watch on her and her secret suitor…a man of whom he strongly disapproves. 

Though he hadn’t planned on staying in London longer than his grandmother’s funeral, Sir Edmund cannot leave an innocent young woman like Selina in the grip of a man as manipulative as Mr. Skinner. Loyal to his new purpose, he sets out to thwart Selina’s efforts to marry Skinner, unleashing a rivalry between himself and Selina. When she matches his subterfuge with ease, and Skinner threatens to destroy all he has, Edmund must take a new approach—one with more risks than it’s worth. 

As Selina’s feelings for Edmund shift from enmity to friendship, her uncertainty grows. She must choose whether love is worth sacrificing her pride. And Edmund must choose whether the price of his silence is worth losing his heart.

My Thoughts:

This story was everything I wanted it to be! Christmas setting, lively characters and a plot that held my attention! I enjoyed the blossoming relationship between Edmund and Selina. The enemies, to friends, to romance aspect of this novel was fun to read! I enjoyed this clean Christmas romance!