Twelve years ago my mother disappeared into the fog-shrouded moors of Thornchapel.
I left her memory there, along with the others. Of my childhood friends, playing in the woods. Of the crumbling, magical world we found, and of the promises we made beneath the wild roses. I moved on, building a life as a librarian in America, far away from the remote manor where my mother was last seen alive.
And then the letter arrives.
A single word, in her handwriting, calling me back to England. Followed by a job offer I could never refuse, from a person I never could resist: Auden Guest. The new owner of Thornchapel, the seductive, elegant man I met as an imperious little boy when we were both children. Inside his private library, I begin to uncover the ancient secrets of the house--and the ones hidden inside my heart.
It's so very easy to be drawn back into the world of Auden's friends . . . and into the world of his worst enemy, St. Sebastian Martinez. The beautiful and brooding St. Sebastian is as irresistible as he ever was, and the three of us can’t seem to unknot ourselves from each other. From the hasty promise we three made all those years ago.
As Thornchapel slowly tightens its coil of truths and lies around us, our reluctant threesome starts unravelling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together we've awakened a fate that will either bloom like a rose . . . or destroy us all.
***A Lesson in Thorns is the first of four books in the Thornchapel series.***
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WOW....... what an incredible read. I’m not sure what to feel except that this book was sensual, erotic, intriguing, mesmerizing, addictive, and captivating. I felt like I was on a heightened journey with all six characters. It was also very hypnotizing to be held captive by six different and charismatic characters. Every time I thought that I could stop reading and be productive, the book waved it’s magic torc and lured me back to reading.
I’m not sure what to say about the book except that it’s a must read. Sierra Simone is exquisite in her storytelling. Her words cascade off the page and into your soul. It penetrates deep and resonates with a glimmer of paranormal and fantasy all mixed into a cauldron of sensual erotic tension.
Auden, Delphine, Rebecca, Becket, Saint, Prosepina, and Thornchapel are all woven together. They share a past, an experience that, while it was 12 years ago, resonates with each other. Now as adults they come back together and their pilgramage to find out the mysterious hold that the thorn chapel has over them begins.
This story has much going on......there are 6 characters, in an English manor that is filled with secrets and it’s own inner voice that speaks to all six. Each character is fascinating and intriguing. There is much to learn in the 12 years that has alluded their time together. There are secrets and yearnings, lust and love, hurt and hatred and a missing person. There are many sub plots all revolving around the story that flow with comfort and ease. As you get comfortable with all the characters they become mesmerizing and you can’t get enough of them.
Did I really tell you anything about this book, No. I think you should go in and organically let the story unfold. It’s a little complicated in the beginning keeping track of the characters but it very quickly feels as if they are connected to your being. This author and her imagination, her connection to religion, her eroticism and her eloquent and intellectual way of storytelling is exquisite and not to be missed!!
A Best of 2018 in my books for sure.
Sierra in all her writing Glory.
A Lesson in Thorns is a story of six people who began their friendships as children, and now 12yrs later they’re all back to where it started... Thornchapel. The place in itself calls to each of them individually, and they find pieces of themselves that changes them for good. Sierra has always had a way of writing that brought religion, spiritually, love, tragedy and hotness that no one else can, and A Lesson in Thorns she takes it to a new level. I was totally caught up in this story and can’t wait for the next installment!
Gorgeous writing and story
Strap on your vibrators, girls, because A Lesson in Thorns is quite possibly the hottest book you will read this year … if ever.
Sierra Simone plays with the idea of Imbolc, a Gaelic festival that, depending on your source, is either religious or pagan. If you have read any of her books, then you know that if there is one thing Sierra Simone does, it’s God colored with pagan.
You meet six people: Rebecca, Delphine, Proserpina, Becket, St. Sebastian, and Auden. Those names, by the way, are significant, as is the name of Becket’s dog, Sir James Frazer. You might want to look them up prior to reading so that you can see how clever Sierra Simone is. The first time you meet these people, they are children; a time jump takes you to them as fledgling adults preparing to celebrate Imbolc.
You have weddings, you have couplings, you have wish fulfillments and crushed hearts. You have love that has percolated until it is ripe and bursting. You have fluidity, both in terms of religion and sexuality. You also have beautiful, lyrical, sublime writing.
I highlighted so many passages as I read this that it is easier to find the words I left behind. Every page is breathtaking. You feel as if Sierra Simone is writing you a poem, a ballad that tells a tale you didn’t know you needed to read.
The sexy times, dear readers, are exquisite. The perfect amount of detail, the perfect pacing, the perfect fueling of your arousal.
Enjoy the layers. Enjoy the friendships, romances, hurts, and pains. Enjoy the complexities of these characters, their feelings, their thoughts. Enjoy Sierra Simone’s purposeful prose. It will invigorate your senses.
And it will make you hunger for the next book in the series.