This is the first in a trilogy that you will want to mark for summer reads especially if you are missing your weekly dose of Downton Abbey. SUMMERSET ABBEY transports you to another time right from the start. It opens in 1913 with the death of Sir Philip Buxton, a liberal man, who leaves behind his three girls.
Rowenta is the older beautiful daughter that is now thrown into a world she does not want but seems to be powerless to keep at bay. Victoria is the fragile younger Buxton daughter that does not like their new surroundings and continues to let everyone know this. Prudence Tate the daughter of their governess was raised as one of Sir Philip’s daughters. But her new surroundings prove to be quite different in acceptance and treatment of her and her place.
Yes all of the wonderful trappings of the Edwardian English society with its beautiful homes, lands, clothing and the rules of the house. There is definitely an upstairs and downstairs separation and each pulls us in due to the world T.J. Brown has created in SUMMERSET ABBEY.
The only thing that made me sad about this book was how quick of a read it was. But the good news is that I am in possession of the second in the trilogy, A BLOOM IN WINTER.