- First course: Soup or consommé accompanied by sherry.
- Second course: Fish followed by a good white wine.
- Entree course: This might be mutton cutlets, sweetbreads, or a vol-au-vent (pastry shell filled with a savory like seafood or chicken) with champagne or claret.
- The remove or relevé course: More substantial than an entrée, the remove might be a joint of meat, a meat pie, or filet mignon with potatoes and vegetables, served with a proper accompanying wine, red or white.
- The roast course: Duck or pheasant with game chips (cottage potatoes), or perhaps Cornish hens, served with a claret.
- Next course (yes, there’s more!): A series of small dishes known as entremets, which would consist of: a savory like sardines or cheese, a dressed vegetable (perhaps creamed peas), and a fruit tart.
Book #1 in the Thronbrook Park seriesFans 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.
Exclusive Excerpt“You didn’t think I would remember you?”Eve bit her pretty, pink lip and looked down. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what you mean.”Yet unwilling to give up the game? Marcus slipped a finger under her chin and urged her to lift her face until she met his gaze. For more than a few seconds, they remained as if frozen, looking into each other’s eyes. Hers held a wealth of secrets, he imagined, and he suddenly wished he could uncover them all.“Sweet mercy, woman, I couldn’t forget you. You stayed with me, a stranger, at my bedside the whole night.”“Not quite the whole night. It was foolish of me, I know, but you seemed so frantic and—”“Foolish? It was the kindest thing anyone’s ever done for me. Embarrassed as I am that you’ve seen me at my worst, I’m relieved to have the chance to thank you. Sutton denied you’d even been there. I’d begun to think I’d dreamed you up.”“I asked Sutton not to mention my presence, just in case our paths ever crossed again. Though, I truly didn’t think they would so soon. I had no idea you would come here, and then Sophia, well…” Her lips curved into a smile that lit her whole face, making the gas-flame blue eyes flare all the brighter. “You’re welcome. Now let’s put it behind us, shall we? Probably best if we never think of it again.”“But you wrote the letter to bring me back to Thornbrook Park?”“I wrote it,” she confessed. “Sophia asked me for help. She told me most of what to say. I couldn’t deny her request, though I had no idea that it would actually succeed in enticing you here.”“I was overdue for a visit. Now I find that I’m meant for Lady Alice. Don’t deny it. I overheard you and Sophia.”Eve blushed. “She has high hopes for you and Alice.”“She’s not used to being disappointed, is she?”She shook her head. “She’s determined to have her way in all things.”“Then you’ll have to help me. Let’s give her a little scare when I ignore Alice and flirt with you tonight at dinner instead.” He smiled conspiratorially. “Are you game?”“For flirting?” She laughed. “Sophia won’t like it at all. What kind of friend would I be?”“Come on,” he urged. “Let’s have some fun with her. No harm done.”“I don’t know.” She tilted her head, a golden strand falling from her chignon to brush her cheek. He resisted the urge to sweep it aside. “What’s the fun in flirting if you’re guaranteed success?” she asked. “You’ll just have to see what happens if you try.”She took her hand from the crook of his arm to continue on alone. He trailed after her. “Mrs. Kendal, you minx. I believe you’ve already started.”