Christmas at Thornton Hall

Christmas at Thornton Hall

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by Lynn Marie Hulsman
Need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights? Don’t miss this terrific debut from a witty new voice in romantic comedy!When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas


Need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights? Don’t miss this terrific debut from a witty new voice in romantic comedy!When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!So when she’s personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it’s not long before Juliet’s standing at the (back) door of the Earl of Gloucester’s impossibly grand ancestral pile.The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house rom com for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.

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I’m a writer.My mother’s death brought an epiphany.“Life is short,” said my inner voice.“Thanks, I.V.,” I replied. “I know what I have to do.In short order, I got an agent, co-wrote two books, ghost-wrote another, published an article, and sold a novel.I love story. Kentucky-born, tall tales and hyperbole are in my bones. My real jobs? Equity actor. Ad copy writer for casinos, (“Loose slots!”) Stand-up comic. Pharma editor. Cheese cube passer-outer (admitted low point).I’m an Ideation Agent (sounds fake, right?) and run an improv company in NYC.My favorite, favorite thing to do is write Romantic Comedy.I live with my family in Hell’s Kitchen, and am seen around town auctioneering for charity, hosting gay men’s fashion shows, and calling bingo games.

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Christmas at Thornton Hall (HarperImpulse RomCom) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thornton Hall is the kind of light, foodie read you want in the lead-up to the holiday season. American chef Juliet Hill cooks for the family at Thornton Hall, a Downton Abbey-style grand English house. She takes the job on the rebound of a bad break-up with her cheating lawyer boyfriend. Once there, she's enticed by the charms of both the American bad-boy son-in-law of the manor,  named Jasper Roth, and the head chef, Edward. I loved the descriptions of the meals and the cooking techniques. It's a funny, witty book with lots of secondary characters always at the ready with a quip. The relationship between Juliet and the maid of the house , who is her surrogate mother, lends weight to the chick-lit novel. Recommended!
AubrieNH More than 1 year ago
Like A Modern Day Jane Erye with a Feminist Twist Juliet has excellent success as a chef, but not so much in the boyfriend department. She’s made some questionable choices with some philandering men, and hopefully, she’s learned from her mistakes. Or has she? After finding out her boyfriend isn’t as serious as she thought, she takes a job cooking for Christmas at Thornton Hall- a place where she has history with not one but two gorgeous men. Which one is better for her? Or are both of them the same old story of her sad love life. You’ll have to read this book to find out! I whipped right through this story. It was one of the first romances that I had no idea what was going to happen at the end all the way until the last few pages! It reminded me of Jane Erye- in that the servant in an English manor was pursued by an older gentleman with a crazy wife. The cast of characters is so big and colorful, I never knew who would pop up next, and each one has as interlacing story of their own. And the descriptions of the food were mouth-watering. If Ms. Hulsman isn’t a chef herself, she sure has me fooled. Every detail of each dinner was savory, all the way down to tips on how to cook- like thinly sliced mushrooms don’t take as long. I think there should be a recipe book published with all of the recipes in this book! Ms. Hulsman’s talent lay in witty conversation. So many times I thought of an alternate meaning to what was being said- which made for hilarious reading and very clever writing. There’s not a dull moment at Thornton Hall- I’ll tell you that. Even in the heat wave of summer, this book still made me long for those blustery winters night and comfort foods and that’s impressive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good rom com, whether it's a movie or a book. I'm a big fan of Four Weddings and a Funeral and I love Bridget Jones. I love funny characters and plot lines that involve romance and dating. This book did it for me. Juliet is a girl I can identify with, and I liked watching her struggle with the choices she made with the various men in the book. The setting was fun for me. I watch Downton Abbey, and even though I don't know a lot about that type of English culture, I enjoy learning about social practices and history by reading fiction. I love food and cooking, so the scenes in the kitchen and the descriptions of the feasts drew me in. One of my favorite characters was Terrence the butler because of his funny one-liners. I also loved Rose and was relieved for Juliet that she had a voice of reason and a mother figure to lead her. I enjoy Christmas settings so this book had that going for it too. I'll look for more books by this writer, because I like escapist and comedic tales that have a happy ending.
Booklover018 More than 1 year ago
First of all there are two things I must state - One I love Christmas, Two I love Downton Abbey, so therefore this book appealed to me immediately and I happily picked it up to read this weekend! Once I was 1/3 of the way into it, I was hooked and couldn't wait to see where it would all end up! What became apparant for me, was that no matter what era we live in, the dramas and highjinks that I have watched with joy in Downton Abbey, works just as well in a modern day environment. I really loved the authors window to the upstairs/downstairs life in Thornton Hall. I also really enjoyed the quartet of love that is Juliet, Edward, Ben and Jasper. It had the perfect mix of heat and steam for me. I had my own favourite guy from the start, I was Team Edward all the way! I worried for Juliet and her questionable judgement with men once or twice, but found her backstory really interesting. I think the author captured a young woman who had a lot of emotional baggage thanks to her often absent mother really beautifully and that to me explained Juliet's flakiness and vunerability at times with men. The supporting cast are all great fun even if the duchess had me rolling my eyes more than once! Word of warning everyone, this author will have you licking your lips with her descriptions of the food Juliet whips up for the ecclectic mix of residents in Thornton Hall! Happily recommend this for all fan's of Downton Abbey and a good old fun RomCom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Thornton Hall is one of the delights of the cold, wintry season. Juliet Hill is a funny, charming, adorably flawed heroine -- you'll wish she were your pal, especially if you could get to eat some of the delectable meals she whips up throughout the novel.  Her exploits as a very American chef in the midst of an utterly English madcap country house will make you laugh out loud.  After breaking up with her rakish upper-crust boyfriend, Juliet must work over the Christmas holiday while looking for true love among a veritable buffet of appetizing men across the Upstairs/Downstairs divide. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thornton hall is no downton abbey. I found it to be a silly story about a woman whose mind is best described as being in a fog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Receipe book on use of whiskey in cooking?