"Sherri Browning writes with a wicked wit and an enormous talent. The Great Estate is...full of fantastic characters, interesting storylines, and a very humorous courtship."Reader to Reader
Lady Sophia Averford's plans to turn her marriage of convenience into one of fiery passion are thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her mother-in-law. But unbeknownst to Sophia, Lord Averford has a few seductive plans of his own.
Sophia Thorne was young and inexperienced when she married the dashing Earl of Averford...and through dark and troubled times, their relationship nearly came to an end. Now she's determined to transform herself into the fiery, ardent lover she always wanted to be, giving them a second chance at love... before they're lost to each other forever.
It took nearly losing Sophia for Gabriel to realize he had allowed his love for his great estate to distract him from his beautiful wife. But that time is over. Despite all the obstacles standing in their way, Gabriel vows to teach Sophia what it is to truly love...and to be loved by a husband devoted heart and soul to her every desire.
Thornbrook Park series:
Thornbrook Park (Book 1)
An Affair Downstairs (Book 2)
The Great Estate (Book 3)
Praise for Sherri Browning:
"A sweet, natural chemistry." Publishers Weekly on Thornbrook Park
"Browning gives the reader a most beguiling story and a classic plotline while capturing the atmosphere of the era." RT Book Reviews
|Series:||A Thornbrook Park Romance , #3|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
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I loved this book just as much as the first one. This entire series has been one of my favorite series I have read and I look forward to each of the books in this sereis. I am not sure if there is going to be another one or not but I hope so. I really like the author's writing style. Her books read so fast for me. I really like the way Sophia has changed from book one to now. I like her a lot now. It was so nice to see how much Gabriel did to make sure that his wife would love him again. They way they both were working towards the same goal was so sweet even though they seemed to misunderstand each other at times. As always Aunt Agatha was one of my favorite characters and this time we get to meet Gabrial's mother Teresa who at first I was not sure if I would like but I found I do like her. There are some unexpected things that happen in this book but I can't mention or it will spoil the story. Highly recommended series.
The Great Estate, Sherri Browning Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Historical. Well, the Downton tag in the blurb pulled me in. Over the years I’ve read some great novels that cover life in part of one of the big Houses of the past. There’s something fascinating about the hierarchy, the way everyone plays their part, and the household becomes almost like a tiny, insular country of itself. Sadly though this book was perfectly well written and had likeable characters I felt there was too much missing for me and I didn’t enjoy it. I liked the characters – and that was part of the trouble. It was all so..nice...from the people to the story. No nasty, evil characters, no real drama, or plots that make you wonder what’s going to happen. Somehow its all so sweet, so pleasant that you just know everything is going to work out well. I was thinking the separation from Sophia and Gabriel might lead to drama but no...nothing much there, nothing unpredictable, then maybe the mother-in-law – but though she’s interfering nothing really developed, maybe the political side, the way Sophia has grown interested over the past year, or perhaps the plot that erupts later in the book. Nope, none of them really held me. Its a sweet book, well written and likeable – if you just want something easy to read that's not going to need much thinking. For me I need more and that's why my rating is low – it’s a reflection of my personal view and not of the actual quality of the novel or the writing. Stars: two, just not one for me ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
I’ve read each title in this series, and this story picks up with yet another series of miscommunications as our couple struggles to find and redefine their marriage. An Edwardian era story, I appreciated the attempts to incorporate some of the changes that were happening in England at the time, even as some roles stayed perfectly static. Sophia and Gabriel have been estranged, Gabriel encountered Sophia being kissed by another and promptly took flight. Thinking the failure is his fault, he has embarked on a self-improvement journey that is now coming to a close. During the separation, Sophia actually grew up: she was spoilt, willful and shallow, and not prone to saying what she wanted or needed. With Gabriel’s absence, she has learned to manage the estate and her own life, learning that he was not the only one in the wrong when it comes to their marital difficulties. These two just never seem to let down their guard and just speak. Learning to trust one another again after the absence should have meant talking and asking –but they fall into the old patterns and behaviors, despite wanting to make things work out. Slowly the two start to recognize and appreciate the change in one another: Gabriel notices, and is impressed with the changes Sophia has made.. and he tells her! BIG Hurdle overcome. She’s reveling in the attention, but a tiny petulant little girl still wants to punish him… the road to reconciliation is often one step forward two back for this couple. A bit too heavy on the tell with too little show kept the emotional impact of the characters and their struggle a bit difficult to reach. Both were so immature in moments, juxtaposed against what they claimed to want that I often wanted to just knock their heads together. Still, this continues in the feel of the series, and as is common with the Thornbrook Park couples, it is more go than touch right to the end. A solid installment in the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Sophia, the Countess of Averford, is married to Gabriel, the Earl of Averford. When Gabriel saw Sophia kissing the Earl of Ralston, he was infuriated and left her alone at Thornbrook Park with her lady’s maid and other staff. During his absence of a year, Sophia has taken over running the estate quite well, working closely with the estate agent. She has learned to handle the financial side and has made some good changes to Thornbrook and the land itself resulting in very good profits. She is quite proud of her accomplishments and hopes that when and if her husband returns, he will see that she has done such a good job that she can earn back his love and respect. When Gabriel does return, he is a determined man. He realizes that not everything is Sophia’s fault and he wants to become a better man by being more romantic and showing an interest in things that Sophia enjoys. As it happens, their infant son died not long after birth some years ago which put a strain on their relationship in addition to the terrible grief they suffered. Gabriel wants to immediately bed his wife again but Sophia is not ready for that. His swift departure did not give her a chance to explain to him that she had been taken unaware by the Earl of Ralston when he kissed her. Gabriel needs to learn to woo his wife once again and to see if their love can return to what it once was. Sophia is angry when Gabriel takes over the duties that she has run so well shooing her away and not showing the proper appreciation for her efforts. This leads to a lot of friction that does not help with repairing their marriage. What more could happen to cause irritation? Ah! The visit of a pushy mother-in-law has Sophia seeing red. However, she has learned a lot about speaking her own mind and soon, begins to put lots of things to rights. Will Sophia and Gabriel be able to put the past behind them and find their love again? I have once again enjoyed Ms. Browning’s book and look forward to reading more of her writing.
Sophia and Gabriel Thorne have been married for eight years. At first, everything was wonderful. Sophia was a fresh-face young debutante swept into marriage practically in her first season and married to the new Earl, Gabriel. Gabriel was likewise smitten by the enchanting Sophia. But neither seemed to remember the first and most important lesson in marriage - communicate with your partner!! Instead of telling his wife how alluring she is and how much he wants to be around her all the time, Gabriel attempts to hide his ardor behind seeming indifference and distraction. Sophia listens to some truly terribly marriage advice imparted by her mother and also hides her desire and attraction from her husband. So it is no surprise to the other when Gabriel find Sophia is a seemingly compromising position with another man. Instead of sticking around for an explanation, Gabriel takes off. For the last year, Gabriel has been gone from Thornbrook Park, leaving Sophia to pick up the running of the estate. But now he is back and expects everything to be just the way it was before. This is a tale that is all about what can happen when spouses fail to communicate and instead come up with crazy, hare-brained assumptions about what the other is thinking and feeling. In many respects, this was absurd and frustrating. I don't like plots that are created simply around a failure to communicate. You'd think after eight years of marriage, Sophia and Gabriel wouldn't have this issue - at least not to this extent. It seemed more like a newlywed problem. However, this same problem did lead to some very entertaining scenes with a great cast of quirky characters and their one-liners full of double-entendre and hidden meaning. Which is, in fact, the saving grace of this novel. While Sophia and Gabriel were just "ok" characters, it was their interactions with the other characters - particularly Aunt Agatha and Gabriel's mother - that really made the novel come to life. Without them, Sophia and Gabriel were a little flat. Sophia was a fantastic estate manager with some fabulous ideas to keep Thornbrook Park running with the modern times, but these skills didn't seem to have any use outside the reader being told she was good at it. And Gabriel...well, he kinda seemed to just be there. We didn't really learn anything about who is he, what he likes, his hobbies, his beliefs...nothing. Not that we learned any of these things about Sophia either. Which is why there was no connection to these two; they were just words on a page instead of the dynamic and enchanting characters they could have been. Overall, an okay read. Nothing I would run to tell friends about since the novel could benefit from some serious work on characterization. However, the action-based parts of the plot were good and I enjoyed reading those parts. As a final note, this novel is the third in a series. While you do not need to read the others to understand this installment, I do get the feeling that it would help immensely. There are a number of references to prior events that made it clear this was part of a series. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.