STORY: Welcome to Thorncliff Manor, where London’s elite mix, mingle, and may even find their heart’s desire…
There are thousands of things Christopher, Viscount Spencer, would rather do than hunt for a bride, especially since experience has taught him that women are not to be trusted. Then he finds the intriguing Lady Sarah scrambling around in Thorncliff’s conservatory and he is instantly charmed by her passionate nature. But why is she so intent on avoiding him?
Lady Sarah would make the perfect bride for a peer—if not for a tarnished past that she’s hiding from the ton. A stay at Thorncliff Manor was meant to help her plan for her future, not fall in love. Yet Christopher’s kisses are irresistible, his gallantry enticing. When her secret stands to be revealed, will the truth ruin their dreams of happiness?
REVIEW: Thorncliff Manor – 1820
The widowed Countess of Duncaster owns the enormous estate of Thorncliff Manor. She has chosen to open the Manor to paying guests allowing them the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful manor and surrounding gardens.
Lady Sarah Andover is traveling to spend several months at Thorncliff Manor with her father the Earl of Andover and her stepmother who has always treated her with disdain. Sarah has been out of the social scene for a couple of years due to an unfortunate incident that left her as “damaged goods.” Her parents’ plan is to marry her off to her father’s friend, Mr. Denison to increase his stable of prime horses. Mr. Denison is an older man, fat, sweating, with bad breath who constantly leers at her with disgusting promises of things he is going to do to her since he knows she is already “used.” Sarah is indignant that she is being treated by her father this way.
Christopher, Viscount Spencer, has reluctantly agreed to join his family for a stay at Thorncliff Manor. His parents are trying to get him to select a young woman, get married and settle down. He is a very handsome, kind, courteous man who is desired by many of the young women visiting the Manor.
When Sarah and Christopher meet, they find that they have so much in common and enjoy talking. However, Sarah’s parents and Mr. Denison do everything they can to keep Sarah away from Christopher. Oh but “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” They meet early in the mornings to watch the sunrise and have lovely walks together. Their attraction grows to the point that Christopher wants Sarah to marry him and does not understand why she continues to say she is marrying Mr. Denison. She feels that since she is not pure, Christopher could never want her and cannot bring herself to confess this to him.
The story is a great example of how the upper class entertain themselves and enjoy the best of life. But the abuse that Sarah suffers from her parents and Mr. Denison will make readers growl in anger. This is a very sweet romance that grows between two very special characters. I do hope others will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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