Summerset Abbey: Spring Awakening

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The thrilling conclusion to the evocative Summerset Abbey series, featuring two sisters and their maid as they navigate an uncertain world in the midst of World War I.

The laughter of summer lawn parties fades for the men and women of Summerset Abbey, as the rumble of cannon-fire sweeps across Europe. In a changing world, they soon find that only one thing is certain: none of them will ever be the same.

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The female pilot’s upcoming wedding to Sebastian Billingsly is the talk of soci­ety. Rowena loves her kind, handsome fiancé, but memories of a dangerously passionate affair with a dashing flier still stir her heart. . . . Accepting a daring mission transporting British planes, she encounters the man whose touch sent her reeling—and whose return into her life may have disastrous consequences for her and Sebastian’s future.

victoria buxton
The defiant suffragette raises eyebrows once again by living on her own in London as a lady bachelor. Kit Kittredge is the one man who understands and adores Victoria’s fiery spirit—but she rebuffs her best friend’s offer of marriage time and again, choosing to join the war effort as a volunteer nurse. And on the battlefields of France, she will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice.

prudence tate
After a stinging betrayal at Summerset Abbey, Prudence has found love and contentment in working-class Camden Town as Mrs. Andrew Wilkes. But when Andrew enlists, everything that Pru cherishes is at risk—and she crosses a line attempting to protect him. Has she irreparably damaged their loving bond of trust?
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About the author

T.J. Brown begins a sweeping trilogy set in Edwardian England with Summerset Abbey, her historical fiction debut. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit the author at TJBrownBooks.com.

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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Aug 6, 2013
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781451699081
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
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As the icy chill of winter, 1914, settles on the magnificent country estate of Summerset Abbey, three young women seek comfort and warmth in the smiles of friends, the fire in their hearts, and the promise of spring. . . .

Victoria Buxton

With her delicate constitution but strong, unflappable spirit, Victoria has never followed societal conventions, the rules of fashion, or the pursuit of a husband. Instead, she finds herself drawn into the controversial—and dangerous—fight for women’s suffrage. But her dream is compromised, and her heart divided, when her struggle for equal rights collides with unexpected love.

Rowena Buxton

After yearning to no avail for a certain young pilot to fly back into her life, Rowena fears her chances for happiness have been jeopardized by recklessness and scandal. Burdened with guilt for bringing her sister Prudence to Summerset Abbey as a lady’s maid while she herself led a life of privilege, Rowena hopes to one day make amends. But her desire to set things right is complicated by her passion for flight and a sudden engagement . . . to the wrong man.

Prudence Tate

Raised like a sister to Victoria and Rowena, then banished to the servants’ quarters when their father passed away, Prudence has seen both sides of life, upstairs and down. But once the truth about her parentage was revealed, Prudence forged a new life for herself, married to a penniless veterinary student. Living in poverty in a shabby London flat, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake— and there’s no turning back. . . .

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.
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.
As the icy chill of winter, 1914, settles on the magnificent country estate of Summerset Abbey, three young women seek comfort and warmth in the smiles of friends, the fire in their hearts, and the promise of spring. . . .

Victoria Buxton

With her delicate constitution but strong, unflappable spirit, Victoria has never followed societal conventions, the rules of fashion, or the pursuit of a husband. Instead, she finds herself drawn into the controversial—and dangerous—fight for women’s suffrage. But her dream is compromised, and her heart divided, when her struggle for equal rights collides with unexpected love.

Rowena Buxton

After yearning to no avail for a certain young pilot to fly back into her life, Rowena fears her chances for happiness have been jeopardized by recklessness and scandal. Burdened with guilt for bringing her sister Prudence to Summerset Abbey as a lady’s maid while she herself led a life of privilege, Rowena hopes to one day make amends. But her desire to set things right is complicated by her passion for flight and a sudden engagement . . . to the wrong man.

Prudence Tate

Raised like a sister to Victoria and Rowena, then banished to the servants’ quarters when their father passed away, Prudence has seen both sides of life, upstairs and down. But once the truth about her parentage was revealed, Prudence forged a new life for herself, married to a penniless veterinary student. Living in poverty in a shabby London flat, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake— and there’s no turning back. . . .

Dans un monde de préjugés et de privilèges, les aristocrates et les serviteurs ne se mêlent pas.
Nous sommes en 1913.
Rowena, Victoria et Prudence devront rester solidaires coûte que coûte pour accomplir leur destinée.
Car dans ce siècle naissant et à l’aube de la première guerre mondiale, de redoutables secrets de famille menacent de faire voler en éclats l’ordre immuable de Summerset Abbey...

A la mort de leur père, Rowena et Victoria sont confiées à sir Conrad, le frère du défunt. Prudence, la fille de la préceptrice, qui a été élevée comme une sœur à leur côté, les accompagne. Dans la somptueuse demeure de Summerset Abbey où elles sont accueillies, c’est un univers d’ordre et de privilèges qu’elles découvrent, réglé selon les usages stricts de l’aristocratie anglaise. Une vie nouvelle pour ces héritières élevées à Londres par un père libéral, plus soucieux de les instruire que de leur inculquer les bonnes manières. Rowena et Victoria ont bien du mal à se conformer à ces nouvelles exigences : pourquoi leur oncle veut-il à tout prix faire d’elles des ladies irréprochables, figées dans les traditions, quand Rowena ne rêve que d’aviation et Victoria de devenir une femme de sciences ? Mais c’est pour Prudence, qui se retrouve renvoyée à son rang de domestique, que le choc est le plus dur. Pourra-t-elle encore plaire au jeune lord Billingsby, accoutrée en femme de chambre ?

« Fans de Downton Abbey, ce livre est pour vous ! »
Le dernier tome de la trilogie historique de T. J. Brown, Summerset Abbey, qui dépeint l'aristocratie et ses privilèges à l'aube de la Première Guerre Mondiale : « Fans de DOWNTON ABBEY, ce livre est pour vous ! »

1914. Alors que les festivités vont bon train dans le magnifique domaine de Summerset Abbey, la guerre approche et va venir tout bouleverser...
Victoria et Rowena, les belles héritières Buxton, ont bien changé depuis la mort de leur père et leur arrivée au domaine de Summerset. Si Victoria n’aspire qu’à mener une vie indépendante, Rowena, elle, n’a qu’une passion : piloter son avion. Quant à Prudence, leur sœur d’adoption, elle trouve peu à peu la sérénité malgré son éloignement. Et pourtant, de nombreux tourments agitent encore les jeunes femmes. Serait-ce le carcan d’une existence trop traditionnelle pour ces trois êtres épris de liberté ? Ou la douce torture d’amours romantiques et contrariées ? L’arrivée de la guerre va changer la donne. Et, au-delà des drames et des chagrins, Victoria, Rowena et Prudence sauront trouver la voie de l’émancipation.

A propos de l’auteur :

T.J. Brown réside dans l’Oregon, mais aurait rêvé de connaître le Paris des Années folles, l’Angleterre edwardienne ou le San Francisco du Flower Power. Sa trilogie Summerset Abbey marque avec brio ses débuts de romancière. Sa devise ? « Les femmes bien élevées font rarement l’Histoire. »

Dans la série « Summerset Abbey » :

Tome 1 : Les héritières
Tome 2 : Le printemps des débutantes
Tome 3 : Le temps des insoumises
Le premier tome de la trilogie historique de T. J. Brown, Summerset Abbey, qui dépeint l'aristocratie et ses privilèges à l'aube de la Première Guerre Mondiale : « Fans de DOWNTON ABBEY, ce livre est pour vous ! »

Angleterre, 1913

A la mort de leur père, Rowana et Victoria sont confiées à sir Conrad, le frère du défunt. Prudence, la fille de la préceptrice, qui a été élevée comme une sœur à leur côté, les accompagne. Dans la somptueuse demeure de Summerset Abbey où elles sont accueillies, c’est un univers d’ordre et de privilèges qu’elles découvrent, réglé selon les usages stricts de l’aristocratie anglaise. Une vie nouvelle pour ces héritières élevées à Londres par un père libéral, plus soucieux de les instruire que de leur inculquer les bonnes manières. Rowena et Victoria ont bien du mal à se conformer à ces nouvelles exigences : pourquoi leur oncle veut-il à tout prix faire d’elles des ladies irréprochables, figées dans les traditions, quand Rowena ne rêve que d’aviation et Victoire de devenir une femme de sciences ? Mais c’est pour Prudence, qui se retrouve renvoyée à son rang de domestique, que le choc est le plus dur. Pourra-t-elle encore plaire au jeune lord Billingsly, accoutrée en femme de chambre ? Les trois jeunes femmes devront rester solidaires coûte que coûte pour accomplir leur destinée. Car, dans ce siècle naissant riche en nouveaux espoirs, de redoutables secrets de famille menacent de faire voler en éclats l’ordre immuable de Summerset Abbey...

A propos de l’auteur :

T.J. Brown réside dans l’Oregon, mais aurait rêvé connaître le Paris des Années folles, l’Angleterre edwardienne ou le San Francisco du Flower Power. Sa trilogie Summerset Abbey marque avec brio ses débuts de romancière.


Dans la série « Summerset Abbey » :

Tome 1 : Les héritières
Tome 2 : Le printemps des débutantes
Tome 3 : Le temps des insoumises
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