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Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #2
Releasing December 29th,2015
An unexpected passion ignites as secrets are exposed in Sophie Barnes's captivating Regency-set romance
Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the clever, tempting Chloe Heartly. The lady has a knack for appearing wherever it is least convenient. In the library. In the salon. And, especially, in his arms . .
Somewhere within Thorncliff's labyrinth of rooms lies the journal Chloe desperately seeks. When she realizes the brooding, handsome earl is hunting the same quarry, Chloe enters into an uneasy partnership. But in the face of public danger and enemies hiding in plain sight, both must decide how much they're willing to risk to solve the mysteries of the heart.
I have never read a book by Sophie Barnes before, but I found myself charmed by her story-telling. Chloe is a recent widow who was betrayed by her cheating husband so she just wants to spend a relaxing time at Thorncliff. Here she keeps running into the mysterious and brooding James, a former spy. Both of the have a need to find a certain book hidden somewhere in the mansion. After bumping into each other in the most odd places, they join forces to find the book.
Chloe is a smart and learned woman who never wants to marry again. James is a fish out of water now, and he doesn't quiet fit with the other aristocrats. He too, would rather be reading than doing other frivolous things with the gossipy ton. He is a somewhat lonely man who lost his parents at a young age. Together, the two click and give each other the love they didn't think they were looking for.
I like the suspense in the story and how they cope with betrayal that they have experienced as secrets are revealed. James was a good, quiet, and kind man, but with Chloe, he found a love he deserved and finds the other half of his soul.
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Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. 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.
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