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The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance

The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews
by Mimi Matthews
Published by Perfectly Proper Press
on September 19th, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Victorian
Pages: 204
Format: e-book
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars



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?

When the tragic death of her gamester father leaves her destitute and alone, society beauty Sylvia Stafford 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.

Colonel 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 Badly scarred during the Sepoy Rebellion, he has withdrawn to his estate in rural Hertfordshire where he lives in near complete seclusion.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 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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I love a good romance with imperfect characters. In The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews, our hero, Sebastian, is less than perfect. This is a story of missed communications and love lost and found again.


In the same vein as Mary Balogh, Mimi Matthews writes of a hero who is severely wounded and facially disfigured. The true underdog when it comes to romances, is a hero who has fallen and who has lost all hope. Sebastian’s wounds changes his outlook on life. He comes back from war a changed man physically and socially.  Due to his scars, he holes himself in his estate and does not leave. It’s only because of a meddlesome sister that both Sebastian’s and Sylvia’s lives change.

There was a sort of Beauty and the Beast theme to this story. Throw in a few grudges and judgemental attitudes and we have a story that kind of kept me guessing. Sebastian was horrid. One might understand his feelings but he purposefully goaded Sylvia with insults just to see her reaction. I thought it petty and selfish. All because he thought that she shunned him after he left for the war. Sylvia could have done those things too because she believed that he shunned her as well, but she never sunk that low.

Crossed wires and lost letters are the crux of the issue between Sebastian and Sylvia. She might have loved him, but I don’t think I would have put up with his meanness. But then again, he’s a wounded soul, so there must be some sort of redemption, right? Well, that’s what kept me invested in this story.

Sylvia was actually good for Sebastian. When he finally realizes his pompousness was all for naught, it was as if he became human again. He was still insecure enough to jump to conclusions and that of course, led to kinks in the romance, but I was glad that he had the support system from his family and valet.

This was a short, drama packed read. Even though it wasn’t off the rails romantic, it seemed more realistic and focused on human nature. This was the first book by Mimi Matthews that I’ve read and I must say that I enjoyed the writing style. Her flawed characters really take great shape in this story.


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Anna @ Read and Repeat

The Lost Letter sounds really interesting– I love books set during the Victorian time and I love a good romance. I’ll have to give the book try 🙂 also there’s currently a giveaway running on Goodreads for this book so fingers crossed I win it!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I am really liking the sound of this one. Definite Beauty & the Beast vibe here. I have not heard of this book and have not read anything by Mimi Matthews but this one sounds like it is worth trying. Great review!

Jess@Fairday's Blog

This sounds like a great book. I love that the characters are flawed and interesting. Great review. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Lily B

been a while since I read this kind of a book. Is it bad that I want to read this on the lonely fact that the hero is named Sebastian? 😀

Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

Not my usual read too, but it do sounds really good. I’m glad you enjoyed it Aleen 🙂

Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading

Beauty and the Beast theme. I am on board with that. Great review.

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

This particular take on the Beauty and the Beast theme — a wounded soldier and a woman who helps him heal emotionally — seems to show up a lot in historical romances. I’m glad this version worked for you.

Mary Kirkland

While it’s not really my type of book I do appreciate the great review.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

While I usually avoid miscommunication tropes like the plague, I do enjoy the beauty and the beast theme. This sounds like a good take on that.

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