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Sommersgate House [NOOK Book]

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Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.

Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a ...

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Overview

Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.

Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique.

Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).

One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011394164
  • Publisher: Kristen Ashley
  • Publication date: 6/19/2011
  • Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation , #2
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 17,535
  • File size: 419 KB

Meet the Author

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Lord Douglas Ashton is a wealthy, tall, dark and handsome Englis

    Lord Douglas Ashton is a wealthy, tall, dark and handsome Englishman who, years ago, inherited the mansion that is Sommersgate House. He and his sister, Tamsin, were raised in the house, by parents who probably should never have had children, and who also mentally or verbally abused them. Douglas's only glint of happiness was that brought on by his sister, who adored and admired him relentlessly. Because their parents were detached and very cold towards Douglas, especially, his demeanor understandably changes throughout the years, leaving a 38 year old, very handsome man who demonstrates authority with very little emotion, and very few words. Unfortunately for him, tragedy strikes as Tamsin and her husband, Gavin, are killed in a horrific car accident, leaving three children behind; all under the age of 12.

    Julia Fairfax is Gavin's sister and equally devastated by the death of her beloved brother and his wife. When news of Gavin and Tamsin's will is revealed, Julia immediately quits her job, sells her house and leaves her family in Indiana to co-parent the children with the elusive Lord Douglas Ashton at Sommersgate mansion. Fortunately for Julia, she has visited the mansion as a guest many times for holidays and family gatherings, and always felt an attraction towards Lord Douglas. Although, never really knowing how he feels about her, she carries on and attempts to make a home in a far away place that is nothing like "home."

    This is the first book by Kristen Ashley that I have read and the writing alone was lovely. She is VERY descriptive and (at least in this book), drags events, situations and feelings out over time. Nothing is quick, nothing is fast and quite frankly, when I saw that the book was so long, I thought to myself, "this better be a great freaking book!" And what a great book it was! I can honestly say that I never became bored or wished we could "move it along," however, I was irritated by Julia's indecisiveness and non-combative characteristics. Thankfully, she would surprise me, though, and I found myself almost clapping my hands for her! This is a very romantic story about two extremely damaged indiviuals who find love, but have no idea what to do next. It was genuine, it was unpredictable and it is one of my favorite books to date. Simply wonderful.(less)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    great read

    classic kristen ashley enjoy

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Hauntingly Good

    Great read all around. Good storyline and character development. Great value for the money as it is almost 1100 pgs. on my Nook. This is not the first time I have read Ms. Ashley's work, and it won't be the last.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    This book was one of my least favorites of Kristens. I love th

    This book was one of my least favorites of Kristens. I love the Rock Chick series and the Colorado mountain men too. This one just didn't do it for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Wonderful!

    I loved this book! All the books in the Ghost and Reincarnation list by Kristin Ashley are wonderful. I keep reading all of her books because they are just wonderful !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Beautiful!

    Was a wonderfully written story that seemed to never end! Will be reading more by this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Enjoyed!

    Thank You!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Loved it!!

    Kristen Ashley has become my new favorite author. This is a very sweet/sad story with great depth, wonderful characters and a little supernatural thrown in for fun. I highly recommend this (and all of Kristen Ashley's) book(s)!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Enjoyable

    This, like the many books I've read by this author, was enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    I agree....

    This book was MUCH better than the pentmore castle (however, I always love my KA novels). Cried, laughed, loved!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Very disappointed

    With this book. I love this author but this book wascthe worst i have read by her. It was way too long and not very interesting

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