Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Great Estate by Sherri Browning - Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: The Great Estate
Author: Sherri Browning
Series: Thornbrook Park, #3
Pubdate: August 4th, 2015
ISBN: 9781402286858

Pulled apart by past mistakes. Driven by a passion neither could deny.

Sophia Thorne was young and inexperienced when she married the dashing Earl of Averford…and through dark and troubled times, their relationship nearly came to an end. Now she’s determined to transform herself into the fiery, ardent lover she always wanted to be, giving them a second chance at love… before they’re lost to each other forever.

It took nearly losing Sophia for Gabriel to realize he had allowed his love for his great estate to distract him from his beautiful wife. But that time is over. Despite all the obstacles standing in their way, Gabriel vows to teach Sophia what it is to truly love…and to be loved by a husband devoted heart and soul to her every desire.


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About the Author:
Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in western Massachusetts and Greater Detroit Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Find her online at www.sherribrowningerwin.com.

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Excerpt from The Great Estate:
The Earl of Averford’s boots slammed the cobblestones with force, a somewhat jarring sensation considering the worn state of his soles. New boots, fine Italian leather. He should have known not to relent to such frippery, but for once he’d listened to his mother.

“A fine man needs fine clothes,” she’d said. “Delicately spun silks. The softest kidskin. Textures sensual to the touch. You want to impress Sophia with how much you’ve changed.”

A man could only change so much. He was a man of sport, not style. Good English boots could stand up to months of traipsing through wilderness. The foppish Italian riders had given out after a mere fortnight of pacing London’s streets.

In truth, he had done an extraordinary amount of pacing since leaving Thornbrook Park. He’d worn a crevice into the stone floors of his mother’s Italian palazzo. In London, he preferred to channel his pent-up frustrations into walking the streets instead of treading his Aubusson carpets threadbare. He had determined that he wouldn’t return to Sophia until he’d become a better man, a romantic man, someone who knew about paintings, music, literature, and the art of love. He aimed to show her that he cared about the very things that impressed her most, the finer things, and that she needn’t look any further for a skilled lover than their own boudoir. It had taken him years to understand that he had gone about being a husband all wrong. Only catching her in the arms of another man seemed to have the power to wake him to the reality that he’d failed her. Miserably.

Once he’d gotten over his anger, of course. His first reaction had been one of murderous rage, but one glance at his former estate manager, who had stumbled on the scene at the same moment, calmed him. Winthrop, a man shadowed by an act of rage for half his life, had learned to face any challenge with level-headed shrewdness. In that instant, Gabriel became determined to follow Winthrop’s stoic example. If Gabriel’s wife wanted to kiss another man, who was he to stop her? Killing her lover wouldn’t win her affection back to him.


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