About the Book
A PROUD BEAUTY
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.
A SCARRED BEAST
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 Badly scarred during the Sepoy Rebellion, he has withdrawn to his estate in rural Hertfordshire where he lives in near complete seclusion.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 SECOND CHANCE
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?
In My Opinion
Mimi Matthews showed up on my radar at the end of 2019 because many of my blogger and reader friends raved about her on the “best of the year” book lists. Therefore, she jumped to the top of my 2020 tbr list. Because of my already overwhelming stack of books to read and review, I opted to squeeze in an audiobook of one of Matthews’s novels.
While I’m not usually a huge fan of the plot device of misunderstanding due to failure to communicated (and there’s a lot of that happening in The Lost Letter), it works for this particular book. It allows for some excellent character development of both Sylvia and Sebastian who have both been deeply wounded by the perceived slights of the other.
As these two dance around the source of their regrets and pain, I couldn’t help but cheer them on to just speak up and discover the problem so they can finally reach their happily ever after.
The Love Letter was a quick read (or, in my case, listen), and I will definitely be digging into another story from Mimi Matthews soon.