Join the Heartly family as they return to Thorncliff Manor for the holiday season where four sisters and four very handsome, very eligible bachelors, are about to enjoy a lively Christmastime filled with laughter and love. But aside from the covert matchmaking undertaken by the eccentric hostess, Lady Duncaster, the thrill of adventure is sweeping through the estate. Soon, all the guests will be entangled in a treasure hunt for a lost heirloom and secrets hidden for decades will rise to the surface as matters of the heart are finally revealed.
Will Fiona ever see the Earl of Chadwick as more than a friend? Will Emily find an unlikely love in the Marquess of Montsmouth? Can Laura recognize the man of her dreams in the Duke of Lamont? And is Viscount Belgrave able to open Rachel's eyes to romance? The magic of Thorncliff is about to offer the last unmarried Heartly sisters a chance at their own happily-ever-afters. So sit back with a warm mug of cocoa and lose yourself in a Regency Christmas Romance...
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About the Author
She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parson's School of design, but most impressive of all - she's been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion - writing.
When she's not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I can't even say how much I loved this book. Fiona and Edward were my absolute favorite part of the story, even though I did like the others. Fiona's love story just struck me the most! The steam rising from the ending scenes for that couple could heat the house and still the book was a clean read! The ending was amazing and the epilogue was the icing on the cake!
It was a massive disappointment that Avon had chosen to discontinue the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor due to poor sales, and as a result, we might never know if the stories of the four unmarried Heartly sisters could have led to a Bridgerton-length series, or perhaps just one more book to wrap up the mystery, as was the case here. And while, upon reading the blurb, I approached the concept of a 277-page novel covering four love stories with some skepticism, I felt it worked in this case, resolving at three of the more minor threads following Emily and Charles, Earl of Montsmouth, Laura and Milton, Duke of Lamont, and Rachel and Arthur, Viscount Belgrave, with just enough drama to be interesting, while focusing the story on the progress of the romance from friends to lovers between Fiona and the Edward, Earl of Chadwick. As a result of all these pairings, this is not for a newcomer to the series, and I found that, even though I had read the prior books, I had to write it all down to keep track, as the four other sisters weren’t all that memorable. And in traditional Barnes style, this isn’t a steamy read either, with only one brief sex scene occurring almost at the end after Fiona and Edward are married. However, this means there is a greater focus on what I fell in love with historical romance for, like the old-fashioned concept of courtship. Aside from the difficulty keeping track of the characters, the issue of age comes up constantly, way more than I felt it should have. It is something to consider in the case of Laura and Lamont, as they are almost twenty years apart in age, and within at least a decade, he could be facing health issues. But some of the other characters talking about the age difference between like twenty and thirty constantly got a little annoying, especially considering that it was common for men to marry a bit later in this time period, even if women were expected to marry a little younger, and most of the heroes within historical romance published today are at least pushing thirty. Despite these flaws, if you are a lover of Sophie Barnes’ work, and the Thorncliff Manor series in particular, this is something I would still recommend.
England - 1820 Fiona Heartly and her sisters Emily, Laura, and Rachel, are part of the group of people who have been invited to Thorncliff Manor for the holidays. Their hostess is the Dowager Countess of Duncaster. The guests include the Duke of Lamont; his cousin Viscount Belgrave; Edward Rothburn; and the Earl of Chadwick who is a friend of Fiona’s brother, Christopher, is also among the group. The Earl of Chadwick has a great sense of humor and makes Fiona laugh. They are still waiting for the Earl of Montsmouth to arrive. It is believed that a treasure hidden within the Manor, has yet to be found. In order to help with the upkeep of the manor, Lady Doncaster opens the manor as an exclusive guest house in the summer. The gentleman at the party decide that they are at the age to take a wife and each of them has their eye on one of the Heartly sisters. Rachel is of a scientific mind and has never been interested in marriage. However, when Arthur starts to court her, she takes right to it. Laura writes romance novels which consumes much of her time. The Duke of Lamont is quite taken with her and thus begins to court her. Even though he is attracted to her, he fears he may be too old for her. Charles, the Earl of Montsmouth, has told Emily that her artistic talent is wonderful and he would like for her to show some of her work. Fiona and the Earl of Chadwick have known one another since they were children but he fears she only thinks of him as a friend. The story continues with the women chatting about the men and vice versa. The hunt for the treasure continues as well. Here is my problem with series. As a person who reads and reviews a lot of books, it is difficult to maintain a photographic memory of all of the characters in a series and the basic plot. That leads to some frustration as I read a book like this because I find I struggle to remember who is who. However, I greatly admire Sophie Barnes and love her books. I hope we can safely say this is the last book in this series. Copy provided by NetGalley and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A treasure- four unmarried sister, 4 bachelors, manipulative parents and Christmas- what could be better? Returning to Thorncliff Manor for the holidays was more than a simple Christmas celebration for Ladies Fiona, Emily, Laura and Rachel. I adored this story and the adventure. Each of the sisters brought a different perspective and texture to the story. The way Ms Barnes brought out their vulnerabilities and insecurities with heroes that also had their own was wonderfully played. The couples complimented each other giving and receiving strength to address and overcome the uncertainties with humor, grace, patience and love. The underlying search for treasure added the needed drama to the story. It allowed for some wonderful unchaperoned private moments that lead to the HEA we all want to see. This story answered some questions from the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series, but brought up many more leaving room for Ms. Barnes to continue to share the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor with us. Thank you for a lovely read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. 4.5 Stars
Sophie Barnes brings the Heartly family back to Thorncliff Manor, this time for Christmas. Lady Duncaster is hoping for some romance between the four remaining Heartly sisters and her male guests. The holiday romance is combined with a treasure hunt for lost heirlooms and more than one thing is uncovered. It is easy to immerse oneself into the world Ms. Barnes has created. Each sister has a distinct feel as do their gentleman romancers. Lady Duncaster and the ladies’ parents – Lord and Lady Oakdale – subtle encouragement of the romances provide some amusement. The relationship between the four sisters is nicely illustrated and it is heartwarming to read how they each encourage and love one another. Their suitors all have their own concerns, but their devotion to their chosen ones is sweet. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen each fall in love with one another more than we did. Indeed, it felt as if there were mere vignettes surrounding each of the sisters that suddenly developed into love. Nonetheless, this is a cute historical romance, perfect for the holiday season. NB: I was given a copy by the author.