‘An Affair Downstairs’ by Sherri Browning

aad sbSTORY: The Countess of Aberford is determined to make a match for her sister, Lady Alice Emerson, but each man she brings to Thornbrook Park only inflames Alice’s improper interest in unsuitable Logan Winthrop, a rugged man once accused of murdering his great rival.

Logan’s determined to shelter himself from the pain of unrequited love—he knows the feeling all too well—but something about Alice stirs his desire to start living again. Though they fight their urges, the pair can only resist for so long; eventually they must choose between bowing to society’s rules or breaking them…

REVIEW: Thornbrook Park – November 1907

Lady Alice Emerson, age 21, is living at Thornbrook Park with her older sister, Sophia, the Countess of Averford.  While Alice is thrilled to be away from her parents’ constant control, her sister Sophia is on a mission to find her a titled husband.  But that is not what Alice wants.  A very independent thinker, her dream is to finally gain her inheritance from her grandmother in a few years, remain unmarried and travel the world to see all of its wonderful sights.  Even though Alice has managed to deter several suitors, Sophia is a stubborn person and won’t sway from her task.

Logan Winthrop has been estate manager at Thornbrook Park for several years now. While he is actually the younger brother of a Baron, a terrible incident in his past has led him to choose to a quiet life.  A handsome man some years Alice’s senior, she cannot help but be attracted to him.  While he good-naturedly tries to set aside her attention, Alice’s stubborn and determined nature begins to break down his willpower. An attraction grows between them but they both know it’s inappropriate as they are leading lives from different classes.

As Alice and Logan long for one another, Sophia presents more possible suitors.  One is Lord Ralston who is a very handsome, rich and charming man.  When an accident occurs during a fox hunt, Alice is thrown from her horse and is unconscious for a time. While Logan wants to stay by her side until she awakes, Sophia once again convinces him to do “the right thing” and leave Alice.  When she awakes, she finds herself doted on by the unrelenting Lord Ralston.

Will Alice be able to follow her heart and will Logan finally emerge from berating himself for his past and stand up for the woman he loves?

Come read this story that has lots of terrific characters and is a follow-on to the author’s first novel, “Thornbrook Park.”  I read her first novel as well and don’t feel that it is necessary to read it to fully understand “An Affair Downstairs.”

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Complimentary copy provided by the author

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