The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter

Mimi Matthews / Apr 06, 2020

The Lost Letter England An impoverished Victorian beauty is unexpectedly reunited with the now beastly earl who once broke her heart Will they finally find their happily ever after Or are some fairy tale ending

  • Title: The Lost Letter
  • Author: Mimi Matthews
  • ISBN: 9780999036402
  • Page: 173
  • Format: ebook
  • England, 1860 An impoverished Victorian beauty is unexpectedly reunited with the now beastly earl who once broke her heart Will they finally find their happily ever after Or are some fairy tale endings simply not meant to be A PROUD BEAUTY Society beauty Sylvia Stafford is far too pragmatic to pine When the tragic death of her gamester father leaves her destitute and aEngland, 1860 An impoverished Victorian beauty is unexpectedly reunited with the now beastly earl who once broke her heart Will they finally find their happily ever after Or are some fairy tale endings simply not meant to be A PROUD BEAUTY Society beauty Sylvia Stafford is far too pragmatic to pine When the tragic death of her gamester father leaves her destitute and alone, she finds work as a governess in a merchant s household in Cheapside Isolated from the fashionable acquaintance of her youth, she resigns herself to lonely spinsterhood until a mysterious visitor convinces her to temporarily return to her former life and her former love.A SCARRED BEASTColonel Sebastian Conrad is no longer the dashing cavalry officer Sylvia once fell in love with Badly scarred during the Sepoy Rebellion, he has withdrawn to his estate in rural Hertfordshire where he lives in near complete seclusion Brooding and tormented, he cares nothing for the earldom he has inherited and even less for the faithless beauty who rejected him three years before.A SECOND CHANCEA week together in the remote Victorian countryside is the last thing either of them ever wanted But when fate intervenes to reunite them, will a beastly earl and an impoverished beauty finally find their happily ever after Or are some fairy tale endings simply not meant to be

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      • Mimi Matthews

        Mimi Matthews writes both historical non fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine In her other life, Mimi is an attorney with both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.


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    1. Check out all of my reviews at: avonnalovesgenresTHE LOST LETTER: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE by Mimi Matthews is a beautifully written historical romance set in the Victorian era. The story flows between the hero and heroine, past and present, as they are given a second chance at love. The story is captivating and only a little longer than a novella. I just kept turning the pages and was done before I knew it in just one sitting.Sylvia Stafford was the beautiful and charming daughter of a Baron. She ha [...]


    2. 2.5 starsI have a soft spot for Beauty and the Beast type of stories. This one started very promising but ended up being somewhat disappointing.The story is well-researched with careful attention to customs and behaviors of historical times. It is always gratifying for me when authors treat their historical romances as historical and not as “dressed up” contemporary ones. The writing flowed nicely and I especially liked the way the hero declared his love at the end. It was very romantic. But [...]


    3. My, oh, my! This is absolutely remarkable!Everyone who has read my reviews before will know how much I love my heroes to be trouble and vulnerable and wanting a strong women to help them back to happiness and this is just that, this is truly breath-taking and I loved every single moment of it, and I will apologize now if I start rambling on, but this is really something special and I have so much I want to say about it.I have read a lot of Mimi Matthews’ blog posts and I have always hugely enj [...]


    4. True historical romance- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I think the historical romance books become a little addicting overtime. They seem to have many of the same components: the blushing virgin, a cranky beau, a misunderstanding, and finally the declaration. It’s what the author does with this traditional system that makes all the difference.Mimi Matthews has crafted a unique plot with some pretty traditional elements along a twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. While the story is a bit short [...]


    5. This was essentially a beauty and the beast retelling set in Victorian England. Sylvia Stafford is feeling so ashamed in life. Several years ago her gambler father killed himself. The party invitations dried up for this society miss and the beau have all disappeared,after all who wants to be associated with her. Her father's death leads her to the discovery of debts he has. Not having time to feel sorry for herself she must get a job to support herself. She is now the governess of two sweet litt [...]


    6. I received this via Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ---*minor edits*A compulsively readable story and lovely writing but was left feeling underwhelmed overall. To me, it didn't really feel like a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Yes some of the elements were there but nothing that stood out for me really.Some things felt rushed and others were not really expanded on much. We get hints at some things but not enough to really connect with everyone.At 204 pag [...]


    7. Dear Reader,There was something very special about this book and I must admit that I absolutely loved it!!! Perhaps it was the second chance romance aspect that pulled at my heartstrings or maybe it was Sylvia's reduced circumstances and her humble acceptance of such when faced with exceptional consequences at the hands of another. Perhaps it was the strength of a love that refused to wither despite the Machiavellian type efforts at play by a known and trusted figure. It may have been the pain,e [...]


    8. Wow just wow! 5 glorious stars! I can not say enough about how much I loved this story. I’ve been smiling for a full hour because of it. The year is not over yet, but I’m pretty sure this my favorite historical romance of 2017. The chemistry was extra special and I loved all the character development. This was so GOOD! Thank you Mary for bringing another great book to me.


    9. "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"What a wonderful well written story! It was a pleasure to read it, a real page-turner, I’ve read it in one setting.It has some of my favorite tropes and themes – the wounded hero, the second chance romance – and it’s all so well crafted and perfect.But I think what captivated me the most was the process of bringing back together these two very lonely people who loved each other but had both resigned themselves to live alone a [...]


    10. This book was just everything I love in literature. A Beauty and the Beast theme, a lost connection, separated lovers that have to learn each other again, misunderstandings, rags to richesd yet this book still didn't feel crowded.Just lovely, in my opinion.


    11. This blog post addresses some of the things I discuss in this review - especially my questions about why such a good book isn't with a big publishing house. Basically: there's no sex, and publishers insist on it. Ugh.I had no idea what to expect from this one. Small, unknown publisher, and a cover - while I love it for all the Victorian feelings, and wish more covers looked like this - that didn’t line up with my idea of a historical romance cover.However, I LOVED this book. I really, really e [...]


    12. I loved this tender, emotional and romantic debut novel from Mimi Matthews which features a second chance story, one of my favorite themes. Colonel Sebastian Conrad followed the career expected of all the second sons of the Earls of Radcliffe and became a soldier. Orderly, disciplined and rather serious, life as a career cavalry officer suited Sebastian perfectly. While on leave in London, he accepts an invitation to a musical evening where he is captivated by the lovely Sylvia Stafford.With her [...]


    13. I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters in this book. The characters were well developed and the storyline so believable.Sylvia was the daughter of a Baron and a diamond of the 1st water. She had many suitors. But the one she fell in love with was the 2nd son of an Earl, a Colonel in the Calvary. Sebastian first sees Sylvia at a musical, where she sings like an angel. He arranges an introduction and proceeds to fall head over heels in love. Syria feels the same way. But Sebastian has t [...]


    14. Ms. Matthews is a first time author for me and I thoroughly loved it. Sylvia is the daughter of a baronet. Her father was addicted to gambling and had lost it all, he committed suicide. She became a governess, it was all that was left to her. Sebastion Conrad was a soldier and had been grievously wounded and never left his estate.This was an amazing story and so full of heart. The pain, the two went thru both emotionally and physically was astounding. The story's descriptions were so good and th [...]


    15. The title of Mimi Matthew's novel The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance tells you what to expect. It is a romance novel set in the Victorian Age in which a lost letter leads to the separation of true love. Each believes they have been rejected by the other.I have been reading Mimi Matthew's blog (mimimatthews/blog/) for several years. It has high style, great writing, deep research on subjects relating to Victorian Age literature, history, and romance. I pre-ordered The Lost Letter.Sylvia Staffor [...]


    16. To Love a Scarred HeroA worthy debut historical romance set in Victorian England in 1860. It’s the story of Miss Sylvia Stafford, daughter of a baronet and a sought after beauty in her first season. But when her father committed suicide, she is cut by her friends and forced to become a governess. Silvia is happy in her work but misses the life she had. One day, the sister of the man she once loved, a colonel serving in India, shows up to plead with Silvia to come to visit her brother to save h [...]


    17. Refreshing Beauty and the Beast story of true love gone astray. Sylvia Stafford, once a society diamond of the first water is left impoverished and shunned when her high rolling father takes his own life. She finds sustenance and a certain amount of peace as a governess with a kindly merchant's wife.Unexpectedly coming into an earldom, Colonel Sebastian Conrad, badly scarred and emotionally tortured from the terror that was the Sepoy Rebellion, has withdrawn from any form of society, to his esta [...]


    18. Sebastian and Sylvia What a lovely story! I've read stories about lost letters before, but this one is my most favorite. Why? The meddling matchmaking sister, Julia, made this a unique story that will go on my keeper shelf. It will be frequently revisited with fondness. Sylvia Stafford, the only daughter to a profligate baronet, once met a gruff Army colonel, a second son to an earl, who stole her heart before being shipped off to India to serve. Three years have passed since she said goodbye to [...]


    19. This book has been recommended to me by my dear friend Flora, and if she says that she loved it, then I trust her completely and can't wait to read it for myself!I have finished reading this book and I happily leave the 5 stars rate!!First I want to thank the author, Ms Mimi Matthews, who was so kind as to send me a signed copy, which I will always hold dear! Thank you so much!And thank you Flora for making it happen! Now on to the real review.My only complaint would be that I wished that this b [...]


    20. New author to me and I thought it was very well written. I enjoyed the second chance plot with well developed characters and lovely dialogue. I couldn't put it down.I received an ARC copy of this book from netgalley.


    21. 4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: wp/p3QRh4-CPColonel Sebastian Conrad is a soldier - that's his life, and it's what he knows. Although he's the second son of an earl, he doesn't spend time in society, but when a friend invites him to a musical event, he accepts to be courteous. When he spots a beautiful young lady, and hears her lovely singing, he's captivated in spite of himself. She's surrounded by friends and beaus, so Sebastian has no expectation that she'll even notice him, but she [...]


    22. I’m not much of risk taker when it comes to reading. I tend to stick to my tried and true favorite authors. But every once in a while, I get the courage to push the envelope a bit and pick an author I haven’t read. In this case, it paid off in spades and I now have a new author to add to my tried and true list. Sylvia Stafford had expected to marry once. During her season, she’d had several suitors. One she’d especially considered herself in love with. A dashing cavalry officer. But her [...]


    23. I am a sucker for historical fiction, romance, and the Victorian period. I read this book in one sitting, clutching my tea in one hand and my kindle in the other. The characters Sylvia, Sebastian, Julia, and Milson are complex, flawed, entertaining, yet wonderfully unpredictable. The plot is a lovely mixture of what felt like to me Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice and just a tiny touch of Emma, but in the 1860's) and Beauty and the Beast. It was witty and emotional. While the novel as a whole wa [...]


    24. Sylvia Stafford’s life was turned upside down when the man she loved went off to fight in India & never replied to the letters she wrote, then her gamester killed himself leaving her destitute and alone. She finds work as a governess in a merchant's household in Cheapside. Isolated from the fashionable acquaintance of her youth, she resigns herself to lonely spinsterhood until two years later a mysterious visitor convinces her to temporarily return to her former life and her former love.Co [...]


    25. Here is a classic tale of love lost and ensuing misfortune. Paralleling the situation in the tale of Beauty and the Beast, the heroine, Sylvia Stafford finds herself in a stately manor house where the Earl of Radcliffe, badly injured in the Indian rebellion, hides himself away from society so no-one can see his facial scars.But Miss Stafford had originally met the Earl 3 years earlier in London, when he was Colonel Sebastian Conrad. There had been flirtation, the exchange of kisses and he had ta [...]


    26. First off, this was a very quick read. With that being said, it reads like it's missing the first half of the book. The story starts after all of the "action" has occurred. The main character has already experienced destitution and degradation. Her beau has already suffered through a war. There was so much opportunity, but unfortunately the story begins after all the good stuff has happened. I hope that maybe the author will return to this title and add in the meat of the story - the first part. [...]


    27. Sylvia has been content in being a governess since her father's suicide. When a woman she's never met brings news of the man she once loved, this young woman must decide what she intends for her future and the truth behind the letters she once wrote.This was a sweet, fast paced story. From the start, I was sympathetic to Sylvia's lot in life. She genuinely loved Sebastian and had the bravery to write him so. She's practical when her life crumbles around her. Sebastian has become a recluse since [...]


    28. I am a sucker for proper romances. I enjoy seeing a couple figure out that they need each other without having to have all the explicit details of their love making. However, this one had a few shining moments and the story/plot is interesting, misunderstandings are always to be found in courtships, but after reading this one I really wanted more. This novel felt more like a Novella. The couple's courtship had already happened in the past and I really wish there had been more "courting" done in [...]


    29. I really loved this book! I thought it was beautifully written and well researched. The characters were believable and I was rooting for them the whole time. It was the kind of story that kept me up late at night reading. I was only annoyed with the heroine once, I hate it when assumptions are made by characters that seem to only be there to keep the plot moving. But it all worked out so nicely. I received an ARC from net galley in exchange for an honest review.


    30. It was very easy for me to get lost in The Lost Letter! A beautifully written and well researched story about two beautiful souls who found each other and lost each other too soon. But providence has dealt them a second chance. With out giving the plot away I think every Victorian era lover who enjoys a meticulous and well written novel will appreciate and enjoy this love story and its colorful, soulful, and enigmatic characters. I look forward to reading more of this authoress's works in the fu [...]


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