“So which one of your books should I try first?” That is a question Sherry hears frequently, when she meets new readers in person. The question always brings a pang of anxiety, because a thousand readers can have a thousand different reactions to the same book. It is impossible to predict whether the combination of a particular reader with a particular book will yield soul-searing love or its exact opposite.
That said, Sherry will gamely attempt to match your needs with something on her list. Does any of the following match your situation?
Claiming the Duchess is a six-thousand-word free short story. (By comparison, Sherry’s full-length novels run from sixty-five to ninety-five thousand words.) You can probably finish it in the time it takes you to eat a sandwich for lunch. The time investment is small, the cost is zero, and you can get some idea whether you might like to read more of her stuff.
The Lady Sherlock books posit that the exploits of a fictional Sherlock Holmes were actually based on the life and cases of a real woman named Charlotte Holmes. The series kicks off with A Study in Scarlet Women, which was honored on best-of-the-year lists by Kirkus Reviews and National Public Radio in 2016.
Private Arrangements was the first manuscript Sherry ever completed and, after six years and a complete rewrite, the first manuscript she ever sold for publication. Her prose style has become leaner in the years since, but she remains very proud of the story.
The Luckiest Lady in London met with a reception that quite floored Sherry. It got on best-of-the-year lists put out by Kirkus Reviews and National Public Radio. Readers of All About Romance voted it their favorite title of 2013. And it was lovingly reviewed in the New York Times. Nothing is a sure bet but this is probably as close as you can get with one of Sherry’s romances.
The Burning Sky is set in England of the 1880s and features a romance that deals with betrayal, heartbreak, and the slow rebuilding of trust. Sounds familiar? It should. Everything you like about a Sherry Thomas romance is in here in spades. So jump in and have fun.