1. Logan Winthrop’s appearance was somewhat inspired by model David Gandy. I usually don’t picture real people while creating characters, but Gandy kept invading my imagination. Have you seen him? Who could blame me?
2. Eve and Marcus from Thornbrook Park make several appearances in An Affair Downstairs… with a new little addition to the family.
3. Aunt Agatha once dated a cross-dresser! Learn more about Agatha’s surprising romantic past in An Affair Downstairs.
4. Like Lady Averford, I’m a protective older sister. Like Lady Alice, I’m a determined younger sister. I’m the middle daughter of three girls, which helped me gain an understanding of both of my leading female characters.
5. Edwardian balls often featured a buffet dinner to seat guests in shifts, and dance cards were becoming passé.
6. Fox hunts often accommodated hundreds of riders, and about a third of them were women.
7. Edwardian women were sporty. They liked archery, tennis, riding, and those pesky corsets were beginning to get in the way.
8. Cornelius Kenner, a character who appears later in the book, is named after my good friend (and New York Times bestselling author) Julie Kenner, though they don’t share any personality traits.
9. Diamonds might be forever, but they weren’t actually discovered until 1866. Diamond engagement rings didn’t catch on widely until a DeBeers marketing campaign in the 1930s. Which doesn’t stop one man from offering Alice a diamond. But is it the right man?
10. An Edwardian Christmas was an elaborate, fun-filled affair. After a solemn midnight mass, the family would rise early and enjoy a day of winter activities like sledding, skating, or carriage rides before exchanging gifts.
About the Book
Title: An Affair Downstairs
Author: Sherri Browning
Series: Thornbrook Park
The attraction of the forbidden cannot be suppressed…
Lady Alice Emerson is entirely unsatisfied with the endless stream of boring suitors her family finds appropriate. She wants something more. Something daring. Something real. Each tiresome new suitor only serves to further inflame Lady Alice’s combustible attraction to Thornbrook Park’s rugged, manly estate manager, Logan Winthrop. Despite Logan’s stubborn attempts to avoid her, Lady Alice is irresistible, and so is the forbidden desire exploding between them…
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, don’t miss the fascinating Edwardian world of Thornbrook Park.
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.