The Lost Letter

A Victorian Romance

Romance - Historical
206 Pages
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Author Biography

Mimi Matthews is the author of The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Pen and Sword Books, November 2017) and A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty (Pen and Sword Books, July 2018). 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. When not writing historical non-fiction, Mimi authors exquisitely proper Victorian romance novels with dark, brooding heroes and intelligent, pragmatic heroines. Her debut Victorian romance The Lost Letter was released in September 2017. 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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Sylvia Stafford is quite content working as a governess for two young girls in a middle class home. But that hadn’t always been her life. She was brought up in the upper class society, where young ladies sought marriages of privilege. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you looked at it, she fell in love with a second son of a wealthy earl. As the second son, Sebastian had no means to support a young lady in the style to which she was accustomed, his salary and life as a military man not being enough to meet with her father’s approval. Her father wanted her to marry money, to help him recover from his growing gambling debts. When she didn’t oblige, he took his own life and left Sylvia, quite literally, to fend for herself. She had written to Sebastian while he served in India, but her letters never reached him. So many questions confronted the two, making them challenge their beliefs and their right to resume a love that they thought they had lost.

Mimi Matthews’ novel, The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance, is a classic story of love lost and reignited and the complicated scenarios that come between the two young lovers. And, in the centre of the rising conflict, a letter Sylvia wrote in which she declares her undying love for Sebastian. This letter, the lost letter, never reached Sebastian. It is a mystery to both Sylvia and Sebastian until they realize that their plans to keep in touch had been thwarted by the one man Sylvia had loved and trusted the most; her father. The plot develops steadily, all centered on unknowns that ultimately lead back to this letter. Considerable back story is inserted effectively to provide the reader with a sense of what happened before and how it affects the characters in the present. A charming read.