Summerset Abbey

Summerset Abbey

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st Gallery Books trade pbk. ed. --
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Gallery Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781451698985
1451698984
Characteristics: viii, 292 p.

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ArapahoePamelaH Sep 08, 2019

The story of the lives of two wealthy, privileged sisters and their illegitimate half sister/servant following the death of their father. In an abbey! and set before WWI. The first in a series which gets better after this first book by the author.

hgeng63 Jun 24, 2013

OK, though it doesn't really stand on its own.

hgeng63 Jun 03, 2013

Suffers from many faults of first fiction. Almost everything dramatic happens offstage! But I'm still going to read the next volume to find out what happens to the sisters.

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