Exclusive Q&A with Sherri Browning
What was your inspiration for your newest release Thornbrook Park?
I’ve always enjoyed touring the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and watching Downton Abbey fueled that curiosity to explore the upstairs/downstairs chemistry between the servants and the family they served. I felt that perhaps the time was right for an Edwardian romance.
Typically historical romances are set in Regency or Medieval times, but Thornbrook Park is set in Edwardian England. What do readers need to know about this period in history?
Edwardian England was a particularly revolutionary period in history. It was a time of broad social, political, economic, and technological change. Industrialization brought the working class new jobs, new hope, and a new voice that called attention to social issues that might have been ignored in the past, such as the great divide between the classes.
Your book includes mystery, intrigue, and a large cast of characters, but the romance between Eve Kendal and Captain Marcus Thorne is at the center of the story. What first attracts your hero and heroine to each other?
Eve is drawn to Marcus by his vulnerability. True, he’s in impressive physical condition and he’s a prizefighter, but she meets him in an unguarded moment and it’s enough for her to see that he’s a man she wants to get to know, and maybe even protect from dangers he doesn’t even realize exist for him.
Marcus is attracted by Eve’s startling blue eyes and, let’s face it, her figure, but he quickly learns that she pays keen attention to detail. She immediately picks up on his sensitivity to discussing his time at war, something his own family fails to note.
In your opinion, what is the most romantic scene in the novel?
When Marcus and Eve end up in London together, and he confronts her on a staircase when she leaves a room abruptly. She tries to be strong and hide that she has been crying, but she can’t hide it from him. He knows, and he gets her to open up to him and share her fears, even though she worries he might think she’s weak. She’s a modern woman, afraid to even look like she needs a man. And he’s a man who is willing to step back and let her do what she must do, even though he reminds her that he is there to support her if she needs him. That Marcus has such sensitivity to who she is and how important her independence is to her warms me, but then he also kisses her… very romantic.
Will we get to catch up with Eve and Marcus in the next book in the series? What can you tell us about An Affair Downstairs?
Eve and Marcus are minor characters in An Affair Downstairs. Sophia, Countess of Averford, wants her sister Alice to make a spectacular match, but Eve senses the growing attraction between Alice and the estate manager, Mr. Logan Winthrop.
When we meet Alice in the first Thornbrook Park book, we learn that she’s a bit of a rebel. It’s unlikely that she will follow the path her sister plans out for her… but can she convince the staid and dependable estate manager with the dangerous past to risk the life he worked to rebuild just to indulge in a wild affair?
Author: Sherri Browning
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance
Author Photo: Attached
Fans of Downton Abbey will adore this brand-new Edwardian-period romance series set at the grand estate of Thornbrook Park, seat of the Earl of Averford.
In a world poised for epic change...
Disowned for marrying beneath her, Eve Kendal has returned to England destitute after her husband's death and the mysterious disappearance of their savings. She's looking for survival, not romance. But from London to the Yorkshire countryside to the elegant estate of Thornbrook Park, Eve's path seems destined to cross that of the dashing but violent Captain Marcus Thorne.
Anything can happen...
For Marcus, a return home means facing the demons that drove him to war in the first place. As he and Eve begin a steamy affair, tensions that had been simmering just beneath the surface threaten to explode and shake the very foundations of Thornbrook Park.
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Sherri Browning Erwin, best known for critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations, also writes paranormal romance and historical romance as Sherri Browning. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in Massachusetts and Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Watch for her return to historical romance with the upcoming Thornbrook Park series.
Her books have been mentioned in People magazine, USA Today, Seventeen, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal blog, UK’s Telegraph and Argus, and once, as the subject of a New York Times cartoon. She remains a diehard Patriots fan, a proud member of Red Sox Nation, an adventurous eater, avid traveler, and a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World.
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