“Need a fun, festive treat to warm you up on cold winter nights? Don’t miss this terrific debut from a witty new voice in romantic comedy!
When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!
So when she’s personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it’s not long before Juliet’s standing at the (back) door of the impossibly grand ancestral pile.
The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.
But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?
As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!
CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house romance for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.”
CHarrington on Amazon wrote:
"Christmas at Thornton Hall should DEFINITELY be your Christmas read of 2013." - Erin Lawless, author of The Best Thing I Never Had "Christmas at Thornton Hall is a lovely, funny and sexy modern "upstairs, downstairs" story. Prepare yourself for a Christmas like you've never seen before." - M's Bookshelf "If you only treat yourself to one festive read this year, it has to be this one."
First of all there are two things I must state - One I love Christmas, Two I love Downton Abbey, so therefore this book appealed to me immediately and I happily picked it up to read this weekend! Once I was 1/3 of the way into it, I was hooked and couldn't wait to see where it would all end up!
What became apparant for me, was that no matter what era we live in, the dramas and highjinks that I have watched with joy in Downton Abbey, works just as well in a modern day environment.
I really loved the authors window to the upstairs/downstairs life in Thornton Hall. I also really enjoyed the quartet of love that is Juliet, Edward, Ben and Jasper. It had the perfect mix of heat and steam for me. I had my own favourite guy from the start, I was Team Edward all the way!
I worried for Juliet and her questionable judgement with men once or twice, but found her backstory really interesting. I think the author captured a young woman who had a lot of emotional baggage thanks to her often absent mother really beautifully and that to me explained Juliet's flakiness and vunerability at times with men.
The supporting cast are all great fun even if the duchess had me rolling my eyes more than once!
Word of warning everyone, this author will have you licking your lips with her descriptions of the food Juliet whips up for the ecclectic mix of residents in Thornton Hall!
Happily recommend this for all fan's of Downton Abbey and a good old fun RomCom!