Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown


Summerset Abbey


1913: In a sprawling manor on the outskirts of London, three young women seek to fulfill their destinies and desires amidst the unspoken rules of society in this stunning series starter that fans of Downton Abbey will love.

Rowena Buxton

Sir Philip Buxton raised three girls into beautiful and capable young women in a bohemian household that defied Edwardian tradition. Eldest sister Rowena was taught to value people, not wealth or status. But everything she believes will be tested when Sir Philip dies, and the girls must live under their uncle’s guardianship at the vast family estate, Summerset Abbey. Standing up for a beloved family member sequestered to the “underclass” in this privileged new world, and drawn into the Cunning Coterie, an exclusive social circle of aristocratic “rebels,” Rowena must decide where her true passions—and loyalties—lie.

Victoria Buxton

Frail in body but filled with an audacious spirit, Victoria secretly dreams of attending university to become a botanist like her father. But this most unladylike wish is not her only secret—Victoria has stumbled upon a family scandal that, if revealed, has the potential to change lives forever…

Prudence Tate

Prudence was lovingly brought up alongside Victoria and Rowena, and their bond is as strong as blood. But by birth she is a governess’s daughter, and to the lord of Summerset Abbey, that makes her a commoner who must take her true place in society—as lady’s maid to her beloved “sisters.” But Pru doesn’t belong in the downstairs world of the household staff any more than she belongs upstairs with the Buxton girls. And when a young lord catches her eye, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever truly carve out a place for herself at Summerset Abbey.

RHFL Classifications

Young/New Adult Historical Fiction

1910s England

Heat level: 1

Reviewer Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Evangeline Holland

Reminiscent of the ITV/PBS series Downton Abbey, Brown kicks off her trilogy with the story of three different but intriguing young women living on the cusp of the First World War. The blurb is pretty self-explanatory about the entire plot of this first book–which is just as jam-packed with characters, luscious drama, and the elegant setting everyone enjoys about Downton. Beware, this ends on a massive cliffhanger that will leave you salivating for books two and three to tie everything up!


7 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to read this book and then to read A Bloom in Winter, sounds so good!


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