LYNN MARIE HULSMAN‘s varied employment background includes stints as a copywriter for a direct marketing agency specializing in casino advertising (Free buffets! Loose slots!); ushering at Manhattan Theatre Club where she ran smack into Steve Martins’ chest, irritated Jeremy Irons’s agent, and saw John Slattery naked over 50 times; editing materials for major pharmaceutical companies (Ask her anything about the prostate: She knows.); creatively ideating to re-brand major household products for huge corporations; and passing out cheese cube samples (a decided low point). As a performer she’s been seen onstage at Caroline’s, Stand Up New York, and headlining with her sketch group Hits Like a Girl at The Big Stinkin’ Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. She can’t tell you what she’s ghostwritten (obv!) but she’s co-written two books on cookery, and is sole author of The Kentucky Bourbon Dessert Cookbook. She does not believe in white chocolate.
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At 28, Juliet Hill is finally ready to be a grown-up. Her New Year’s plan of leaving behind a career as chef to the rich and famous in order and go back for her Ph. D in psychology is sure to satisfy both her ultra-logical psychiatrist mom and her buttoned-up lawyer boyfriend. She’ll be on the right road to stability right after one last Christmas stint in private service at Thornton Hall, arguably one of the grandest estates in the swanky Cotswalds region of England (think The Hamptons, but with thatched roofs).
Unfortunately, true to her nature, she can’t convince her brain to override her heart when sticky situations arise involving lies, paternity, a one-night stand and poison mushrooms! Is a sane and predictable life in the cards for our passionate pastry prepper? Can this creative girl toe the line, leaving her secret spice blends and unpredictable men behind? On the road to womanhood, sometimes decisions are made for us, and other times we have to cook up our own destiny. Join Juliet’s journey as she straddles the line between romance and reason.
“Christmas at Thornton Hall is a lovely, funny, and sexy modern ‘upstairs, downstairs’ story. Prepare yourself for a Christmas like you’ve never seen before.”
-Maryline at M’s Bookshelf Blog
“…a light and entertaining read just in time for the holiday season! The characters are going to stick with me for quite awhile!”
-Stephanie, Once Upon a Chapter
“I really loved the authors window to the upstairs/downstairs life in Thornton Hall. I also really enjoyed the quartet of love that is Juliet, Edward, Ben, and Jasper. It had the perfect mix of heat and steam for me. I had my own favourite guy from the start, I was Team Edward all the way!”
-Carmel Harrington, Author of Beyond Grace’s Rainbow