Thursday, 12 December 2013

Book review: Christmas at Thornton Hall - Lynn Marie Hulsman

The blurb.
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 Earl of Gloucester's 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!

My opinion.
I've always been fascinated by the English mansions and their lords and ladies, their staff and their traditions; all of which I considered to be in the past. But here's Thornton Hall in the 21st century, still governed by strict rules of hierarchy and class separation. From the moment Juliet set foot in Thornton Hall, I was intrigued; fascinated to see how the English rich and famous... and most importantly 'titled' lives their lives behind closed doors.
I loved Juliet. She's funny, talented and "real"... but her judgment on men was questionable to say the least and her stubbornness got me really agitated at times.  There are so many "love interests- triangles" in this story, it's confusing at times with more than one classic case of misunderstanding and miscommunication. Sometimes funny, sometimes incredibly frustrating. [How badly do you want to slap Lady Penelope in the face?!]
The juicy gossip, the struggle for power, the affairs,... It's almost like a sitcom. A really expansive and decadent one.
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.

Christmas at Thornton Hall on Amazon and Goodreads

Many thanks to Harper Impulse for providing me with a review copy.

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