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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.
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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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Christmas with the Barnes Family
In my home, the Christmas preparations begin on the first Sunday of Advent, which happened to be November 25th this year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this custom, Advent is marked by the last four Sundays leading up to Christmas and has, for me, always consisted of lighting an advent wreath.
When I was little, my mom would give me a small present on each of these Sundays, and I now do the same for my children (in addition to the more common advent calendar available in stores). The first Sunday in Advent is oftentimes the day when we put up the Christmas decorations as well. I have a great collection of ‘Nisser’ that gets distributed throughout the house in various shapes and sizes. They are small mythical creatures from Scandinavian folklore and are generally associated with Christmas since this is when they’re supposed to be most active, causing mischief around the house while also bringing gifts. Some people will even put porridge up in the attic for them in a similar way that Americans leave milk and cookies for Santa.