"An Edwardian tale of rekindling love in marriage."
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted August 1, 2015
It was just a kiss. That was all it was. A moment of
frustration with Gabriel, and she shared a passionate kiss
with the Earl of Ralston. It was just a momentary lapse;
yet, an ill-fated moment seen by her beloved husband, the
handsome Earl of Averford.
Then Gabriel left and stayed away for a long time. Left
alone on the magnificent estate of Thornbrook Park, the
beautiful Sophia, Countess of Averford, is determined to
do her best to keep his beloved estate going. Surprised
by her own newly discovered business sense, Sophia takes
pleasure in managing the workload and discovering new
opportunities for revenue. Yet, she also discovers just
how much she loves and misses her husband.
Surprised by the news from her Aunt Agatha that Gabriel
is back in London from Italy, Sophia decides to do the
unexpected and goes to meet him. Will her plan to
rekindle their love and her marriage succeed? Meanwhile,
Gabriel has his own plans.
THE GREAT ESTATE is the third book in Sheri Browning's
new Thornbrook series. Browning's fans are sure to
appreciate this latest romance which features some of the
previous characters in minor roles. Yet it reads very
well as a stand-alone romance on its own.
Browning is an experienced writer who is very talented at
pulling the reader into the Edwardian time period as she
seamlessly embeds many of the attitudes and nuances of
the times into the story line. Despite some
predictability in the plot development, there are a
number of amusing scenes in THE GREAT ESTATE as a result
of Sophia and Gabriel's attempts to woo the other, but
having differing intentions. Personally, I
related more to Gabriel as he seemed more realistic
in his interactions. I became a bit frustrated by Sophia's
reactions at times, but still quite liked this story of
re-establishing a relationship.
If you enjoy Edwardian stories like Downton Abbey, or just
looking for a nice summer read, do check out THE GREAT
ESTATE for journey back to that time.
Pulled apart by past mistakes
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.
Driven by a passion neither could deny
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.
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