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Summerset Abbey (Summerset Abbey #1)

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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 and the distant rumblings of war. . . .

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
Paperback, Original, 288 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Mar 12, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who are obsessed with Downton Abbey and don't mind a slightly less appealing version

Recently, I had someone ask me to explain the t.v. show Downton Abbey to them and the closest explanation that I could find is that it's like an older version of a soap opera, without the demon possessions and twins being born with two different fathers.

Since Summerset Abbey is sort of like a book version of Downton in print form, then I guess I'd have to use the same explanation for this review. I mean, you can't really call Summerset a historical romance because there's too much attention pai
Originally Posted on Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek


Where should I start with “Summerset Abbey?” I’ll start by saying that this is a very depressing book. Which is not surprising, because it is set in a very depressing time in women’s history. This book made me cry. Not because there is a traumatic event like a death. No, I cried, because 100 years ago the lives of Prudence, Victoria and Rowena was life for women all over the world. I cried, because even though it will be 2013 in two
Mar 21, 2013 Misfit rated it liked it
This is a tough one to review, and in the end I find I'm agreeing 100% Erin's review and can't add much more except for the mystery of the older Earl/Duke:

On page 43 the girls observe a giant portrait of their grandfather the eighth duke. Yet, their uncle (the son of the old *duke*) is the Earl of Summerset. Late in the book on page #213, the grandfather is "the old earl" and on page #282 he is "the late Earl of Summerset". Note: I have a finished copy from the library and not an ARC.

I did enjo
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
A copy of Summerset Abbey was provided to me by Gallery Books/Edelweiss for review purposes.

The year is 1913 and Sir Philip Buxton has passed leaving his two daughters all alone. Placed into the care of their Uncle until the time they decide to marry, their life becomes upended when they are moved from their home to Summerset Abbey. Victoria and Rowena are also separated from their friend Prudence. Prudence was raised alongside the girls their entire lives and they are a
Mar 17, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
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I've wrestled with my feelings on T.J. Brown's Summerset Abbey several times and I think I've finally put my finger on the problem. I desperately wanted to love this book, the time period offers a wealth of material, but that being said, I found the piece much more of a challenge than I'd originally anticipated and didn't end it as satisfied as I'd hoped.

By far my favorite aspect of the book is the o
This is a Downton Abbey-esque Books but even if I tried hard to enjoy it, I must confess I didn't managed to like it.

The idea of the story is interesting, typical from an Edwardian era. But there is a lack of true emotion aan real engagement among the main characters which makes the reader to loose interest into the plot.

I hate when I finish a book and I have to ask the stupid question: and so what??

Probably I won't read any other book by this author. There are better books on this subject.

Tanya Nekrasova
Т.Дж. Браун «Аббатство Саммерсет. Семейная тайна».

«Аббатство Саммерсет. Семейная тайна» - это первая книга трилогии американской писательницы Тэрри Браун. Аннотация обещает нам блеск аристократического общества, семейный тайны, интриги эпохи короля Эдуарда.

Вначале романа мы встречаем трех героинь – Пруденс, Ровену и Викторию, которым после смерти своего покровители приходятся переехать в Аббатство Саммерсет, которое принадлежит дяде Ро и Вик, где всем трем предстоит начать свою новую жизнь. Де
This was a book I was really looking forward to. Mostly because I love historical novels, but also because I LOVE "Downton Abbey," and this definitely sounded Downton-esque. And thankfully, it totally was!

I think this is a good book for fans of Anna Godbersen - there are similarities in that they're both historical, with multiple POVs, and focus on the lives of catty (or semi-catty) girls with lots of drama in their lives. But I think people who were frustrated with the girls in Anna Godbersen's
I've given this a C+ for narration and a C for content at AudioGals, so I'm leaving it at 3 stars.

Summerset Abbey
seems to have been clearly aimed at the Downton Abbey market, and not just because of the similarity in the names. Summerset is set in 1913, and is the first of a trilogy that follows events in the lives of three young women – sisters Rowena and Victoria Buxton and their informally adopted sister, Prudence Tate.

The story opens with the funeral of Philip Buxton, younger brother of the
Feb 12, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it
For all you Downton Abbey fans, this just may be the book for you. Set in great Britain in 1913, Summerset Abbey captures a snapshot in time when one way of life is emerging just as another is fading away. This period is remembered as La Belle Epoque, during the Edwardian era when the privileged are clinging to a lifestyle that puts them at the top of the "caste system," while others are awakening to the issues of suffrage and the extremely hard lives of the poor and unfortunate whose labors ena ...more
The setting is early twentieth century England, where automobiles and airplanes are still in their infancy. Women are still seen as not able to handle their own affairs and a proper young lady aspires only to make a good wife.

Widower, Sir Philip Buxton defied Edwardian principles and raised his two daughters and their orphaned best friend to be independent, strong personalities, encouraging them to think outside of the box. Unfortunately, he becomes ill and passes away, and his older brother, th
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Edwardian period romance much in the vein of Downton Abbey. Not a bad read with the division of the English class system a major plot point but it did end quite abruptly making the reading of the next in the series compulsory for anyone interested in following what happens to the four Buxton ladies.

3.5 stars.
I think this book is for old ladies because I read it.
I really thought it's about the sun, the ocean and the beach, but it's about really boring old castles.
So it sucks.

(Here you have the review of a friend who's trying to impersonate me without having read the books haha)

I have to admit I've only ever watched a few episodes of Downton Abbey despite the first few series being in family possession and despite me actually being intrigued by it (and especially those wardrobes).
However, I think onc
Apr 22, 2015 Natasha rated it liked it
Have you ever been in a situation where you were so engrossed in a game of football (or soccer, or baseball..or whatever) and just as your team was about to score when suddenly the t.v goes blank?

Yes, my sentiments exactly! This book has the worst (or simply the best) cliffhanger ending I've ever encountered. Just when the story was about the get really juicy and good, it ends!

I did however enjoyed the story since being a big Downtown Abbey fan this book is tailor made for me. But the pace took
Tempo de Ler
Oct 03, 2013 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ora aqui está uma série que eu estou empolgadíssima para continuar a acompanhar!

Na casa de Sir Philip reinava um espírito boémio que se opunha à tradição - viúvo, Sir Philip permitiu que as suas duas filhas, Victoria e Rowena, fossem criadas juntamente com Prudence, a filha da governanta, como se esta fosse parte da família. Contudo, esta era uma noção partilhada apenas pelos esclarecidos do início do século XIX…e quando Sir Philip morre, vítima de pneumonia, Prudence depara-se com uma realidade
Jan 11, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Diving into SUMMERSET ABBEY feels decadent. Much like the elegant, opulent and scandalous world in which the story takes place. A world that’s caught between the past and the present, one that’s on the verge of modernism but still clings to traditionalism.

A world where entitlement and leisure, lavish parties and arranged marriages contrast with motorcars, aeroplanes, suffragettes and the working class. And where the lords and ladies of the manor continue to embrace their way of life even as the
The presence of "Abbey" in the title, along with the book's description, evoked the popular TV series Downton Abbey in my mind, and this prejudicial assessment wasn't far off. Summerset Abbey is a classic upstairs/downstairs romp through post-Edwardian England. The book follows the trials and tribulations of three "sisters" (I use the term quite loosely) after the death of their bohemian botanist father Philip Buxton. The book's setup takes some suspension of disbelief in order to swallow, which ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
Bon livre avec des histoires de familles
Fin un peut brusque cependant, j'aurais préférée que l'auteure explique le choix de prudence au lieu de le placer dans l'épilogue
Nov 23, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
This was an entertaining read. I liked the way it was written and the characters were likable and well developed. I could see where the story was going about halfway through but it didn't really spoil the story for me, it was good to see it to the end and how it all came out. I was a bit disappointed that Pru didn't fight for what was hers but I can understand why she did what she did.
Oct 01, 2015 Jencey/ rated it really liked it
Thank you to Simon and Schuster and TJ Brown 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
Aug 24, 2014 Misty rated it it was ok
A decent 3-star story with a promising premise sunk by lamentable inaccuracies and blatant grammatical errors. By the time I finished, the most entertaining thing about this book were the gushing publishers' statements that were so far from my own assessments as to be laughable.

When I read the blurb saying the author was making her "historical fiction debut," I assumed this was a blatant attempt to take advantage of Downton Abbey-mania. As I am as afflicted as anyone with DA-mania, I told myself
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
I was having a really hard time with this book. I'm blaming Downton Abbey. I adore Downton Abbey, but it made me want everything visual, dynamic and moving. Reading just wasn't IT.

So - 3.7ish stars out of 5.

Three girls, two of them blood sisters and the third a governess' daughter (Prudence) who was raised with Rowena and Victoria, are taken to live with their uncle, The Earl of Summerset, when their father dies. Mourning their father, who was a bit eccentric and very liberal, they are having a
Dec 24, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for my copy of Summerset Abbey.

I can't say that I was blown away by Summerset Abbey. It was a good book. It was clean. But there was just nothing that really set it apart. The storyline was predictable, following two sisters and their friend who was raised as a sister through the aftermath of their fathers' death. And subsequent upheaval to Summerset Abbey.

The girls, Prudence Tate and Victoria and Rowena Buxton, are decent characters. I wanted to strangle t
Dec 12, 2012 Kaye rated it liked it
Basically, Summerset Abbey revolves around two sisters, Rowena and Victoria Buxton, and their "sister" Prudence Tate who has been brought up right alongside them by Sir Philip. Not a Buxton by birth but the daughter of their late governess, Prudence has had the same privileged but somewhat unconventional lifestyle as Rowena and Victoria and the two sisters think of Prudence as another sister. This all changes after Sir Philip's death.

Forced to move to Summerset Abbey by their uncle, the two girl
Feb 03, 2013 Ruby rated it it was ok
This review was originally posted on Ruby's Reads.

When an author begins with a British setting, then adds in an abbey and a young lord, they’ve pretty much guaranteed an audience in me. And, with the success of Downton Abbey, I’ve been in luck. Publishers are on the hunt for read-alikes, and YA imprints are no exception. When I began dipping my toes back in the NetGalley pond, there were two titles I requested right away: Cinders and Sapphires and Summerset Abbey. And when I got declined for Cin
nomadreader (Carrie D-L)
Feb 19, 2013 nomadreader (Carrie D-L) rated it really liked it
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The backstory: Summerset Abbey is the first in a new young adult Edwardian trilogy.

The basics: When their father dies, Rowena and Victoria Buxton are forced to leave their home and go live with their aunt and uncle. It's a house the girls know well, as they've visited each year. In order to bring Prudence, the daughter of their now deceased governess, whom they think of as a sister, the girls have no choice but to have Prudence come as the
Feb 13, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
This is an is an emotional novel that shares the tests of three young women’s strength, principles and loyalty as they are trying to navigate a world that is changing but have different expectations for themselves than others do.

It’s 1913 England — roughly the same time period as “Downton Abbey” is set — and sisters Rowena and Victoria Buxton were raised in an unconventional home that defied most Edwardian traditions. Prudence Tate is their age and although the daughter of the late governess, s
Jun 04, 2013 Aly rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, 2013
Summerset Abbey is probably the only book I have been SO divided about.
Did it have attractive guys: YES
Did it have a good/twisting plot: YES
Was it historical: YES
Were all the protagonists likable: HELL NO!

I'm just going to go right ahead and start on ROWENA who has to be the weakest, stupidest, cowardly excuse of a human being ever! You grow up with a girl in a very close, sisterly way, and then you ALLOW her to be ripped away from everything she's ever known without batting an eyelash (okay th
May 06, 2013 Faye rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5

I loved it!

Prudence, Victoria, and Rowena are three young ladies who find their life horribly disrupted upon the death of Sir Philip Buxton.

Prudence is forced to face her parentage, Rowena struggles to keep control of what was once theirs, while Victoria searches for answers to their cloaked past.

Each of them experiences more than they bargained for at Summerset Abbey.

Definitely a book written for the fans of Downton Abbey, with a great representation of the two different worlds withi
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
"We detest that kind of showy, excessive waste.
Did you know you could feed one hundred families for a year
on the money spent just on the flowers for one ball?"
--T.J. Brown, Summerset Abbey

Summerset Abbey has that beautiful historical fiction feel that gives me warm fuzzies the entire time I'm reading it. Turn of the century for the most part, aristocracy is on the way out, women are speaking up, old stodgy men with their tumblers are being left speechless due to the "audacity" of the talk of m
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