Thank you to Simon and Schuster and TJ Brownn for a copy of Summerset Abbey. I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Summerset Abbey is the first in the series based on the experiences of Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence Buxton. If you like Downton Abbey then you might find this novel interesting!
Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence must mourn the loss of their father Sir Phillip. His death has created some changes for the women. Rowena is involved in the suffragettes along with her sister and Prudence. Once the wake is over in London their Uncle says they must come to Summerset Abbey to live because he would be in control of their finances. Prudence is not included in this arrangement. Although she grew up with both Rowena and Victoria she was the daughter of the governess. So why did Sir Phillip treat her just like his daughters? Why is his brother and his wife trying to make a distinction and separate the women?
You want to talk escape! This novel is worth your time to read. It is a quick read because it is only 288 pages, but the story is easy to follow. The author creates convincing characters in Rowena, Victoria, Prudence, and the other Buxtons. The story is set in 1911 with a Downton Abbey feel to it. The author did her research and was very accurate to the time period.
I was disappointed with the character of Rowena at times because she would often stall the story. I wanted her to be more forthcoming with what she knew. How many of us have strive to hold onto something only to realize that we had to let them go?
I would be read more from this series in the future!