The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews

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In a sweet Victorian setting, Beauty and the Beast is retold in a two and a half hour read that will have your heart doing somersaults the whole time.

Matthews' short novel is such a sweet thing to behold. You want to throttle both Sebastian and Julia--it is incredibly obvious from the get-go what happened and why. But that is what makes this little romance so gorgeously endearing. Matthews doesn't try to unrealistically stretch the confusion. She never muddles the plot with another "admirer" just for the sake of more pages or more drama. Instead, she sticks with the fact that a single misunderstanding can cause enough upheavle in a persons life if love is involved.

I appreciated that Sebastian is a "beast" because he is disfigured from the war. I love that she's a true beauty, beloved by society and then shunned by the very same, and I adore that this is their second shot at love.

It's not long, y'all, and totally worth the read on a cold Sunday afternoon. Do yourself a favor, and book that Sunday afternoon now with this little charm.

Thank you to NetGalley, Mimi Matthews, and Perfectly Proper Press for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.




Comments

  1. This sounds like there was a lot of depth in this short novella and that is powerful. I'm already in love with it based on your review.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I was blown away by how quickly the time flew and that I got so much out of the very smallest of novels. I hesitated to call it a novella in my review because it is still around 250 pages.

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  2. A Beauty and The Beast retelling of sorts? I like the fact that the book contains no extra fluff, that makes me really want to read it. I love how simple and to the point your review was as well. I always love your graphics, so that's not even a thing I should still be mentioning...but I do.

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    1. It was--there's even a library scene. And it puts the original scene to shame ;). Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy the graphics. I spend most of my time on them, ironically.

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  3. I adore your sleek posts - you have mad skills!

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    1. Thanks, DJ! I try to keep everything as similar and clean as possible.

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  4. I need to get this for my mom. Beauty and the Beast is one of her favorite stories.

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    1. Do! She would enjoy it. Just remind her there's no magic and it is certainly not Disney. More like Jane Austen meets B&B.

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  5. I love retellings I might have to look into this one a bit more. Thanks for the review.
    Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

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  6. I've been wanting to get into more novellas, so this looks right up my alley.

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    1. Based off of your blog, I'm positive it is! Go check it out :)

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  7. I don't typically read novellas unless they are an addition to a series or full length novel, but I love retellings!

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  8. Hi, I tagged you in the Guilty Reader Tag! (Here's the link for the questions if you decide you want to do the tag: http://whatmakesagoodbook.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/the-guilty-reader-book-tag.html)

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  9. Oooh I would never guess a Beauty and the Beast retelling from the cover / title, but I'm intrigued!

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