Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Review: Mimi Matthew’s THE LOST LETTER – To Love a Scarred Hero
November is Victorian romances month on Historical Romance Review (as well as Romance Trilogies month). I’m beginning with a debut romance author’s first story, a delightful 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 him from despair. Colonel Sebastian Conrad, now the Earl of Radcliffe, is horribly disfigured from a sepoy’s saber, and hides away at his estate in Hertfordshire.
From the beginning, it is clear these two people are in love, but each believes betrayed by the other. Given the title of the book, I assumed it had to do with a lost letter and a misunderstanding, which proved correct.
A well-written story, the chemistry between the characters is good, the emotions well developed and the secondary characters (Sebastian’s valet and his sister) delightful. And, importantly, all comes right in the end.