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A Bloom in Winter

(Summerset Abbey #2)

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 ratings  ·  114 reviews
The highly anticipated second installment in the Summerset Abbey series, which picks up just after the climatic conclusion of book one. After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to Devonshire, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and embraces the most dangerou ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Angela
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-reads
While I could not put this book down and honestly read it in one day, I am very annoyed with these women. Prudence's love for Sebastian is so very clear and yet she is staying true to Andrew. And what does that even mean? If she cared about Andrew at all, she would want him to find the kind of love she has felt, but no the reason she is with Andrew is that she is selfish and fearful.

Then there is annoying Rowena. She wants Jon to fight for her, but she hasn't told anyone about him. Nope she wan
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Misfit
Nov 10, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Sorry, but I'm just too bored to continue. Victoria is driving me nuts. Moving on. ...more
Chelsey Wolford
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This amazing series continues with another brilliant installment. At the end of Summerset Abbey, Prudence was married off and left town leaving Rowena and Victoria still under the care of their Aunt Charlotte. The girls face many more challenges in this book, just as they did in the first and we explore feminist action and rights once again. This book picks up right where the last one left off, and I was so happy for this. I thought I was going to die after finishing the first book in this serie ...more
QNPoohBear
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Downton Abbey, Edwardian romance
At first this novel is typical pre-WWI fiction with the same old poor little rich girl story. A far more interesting story would be the maid turned secretary. The second half of this novel is better than the first. I couldn't put it down. I finally began to like Rowena though she still lets others dictate her life for her. She made a decision I didn't approve of for the time period and I think Lady Mary Crawley would be quite jealous of Rowena. Prudence still doesn't appeal to me. She's trying h ...more
Theresa
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summerset abbey A bloom in winter by T.J Brown
A Bloom in Winter is an interesting and standalone sequel to Summerset abbey. Victoria and Rowena Buxton have adapted to life without their charismatic father. Although both sisters would hardly believe that they could have adapted so quickly. Prudence has been banished being the illegitimate daughter of the sisters’ uncle has caused her whole life to change. She has dropped down in society from the cream of the crop socialite lady, with two sisters,
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Cheryl
T.J. Brown's second book in the Summerset Abbey series is just as good as the first! The Edwardian Era is brought to life with memorable characters and a compelling story as the Buxton girls--Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence continue a life without their father in a world that is rapidly changing. As each girl matures and attempts to assert her independence she must overcome obstacles, live with secrets, and deal with romantic relationships as well. Unexpected twists will hold your interest to the ...more
January
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the second book, good solid three. I thought most of the characters developed well, although I didn't like the same characters - Rowena was a pill, ignoring the world around her and living in a denial. Prudence did the "I love someone else but my husband is a good man so I will suppress my true feelings" - blech, so predictable. I really like Sebastian; he is great about being honest, and I love Kit. Looking forward to the finale, hopefully since this is a pretty predictable, saccharin ...more
Jen Hagmeier
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked these ok although the character Rowena annoys the heck out of me. Not much HAPPENS tho! I kinda keep waiting for the denouement in each book and they sorta plod along until an abrupt ending. (which means I'll keep reading the series, waiting for some type of climax...sigh.) ...more
Lulufrances
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
And off I go with the Summerset Abbey girls again.
This time: I get more attached and the story gets better - yay!
Pretty solid middle book in this "sweeping" trilogy.
I like :)
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Ashley
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Rachel Check
I have never wanted to rush purchase a book so badly in my life...or so it seems right now.

This series is delightfully out of formula and clearly a standout in the genre. The characters are strong and their lives complex beyond the gentry or the impoverished. Prudence is spoiled, yet learning the hardships of real life with a husband who adores her and whom she respects in return. Rowena is learning to take action in the face of her emotions instead of letting men or her sisters act on them. Vic
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Sarah Marques
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical fans; multiple protagonist
I didn't know this was a sequel, so maybe that's why I kinda liked. I hate this Rowena so much, that I could not apreciate Victoria and Prudence. Rowena is the most selfish character I've found in one book in a while, when she calls the sister 'monster' I was so fed up with her, I didn't have the patience anymore. All she does is blame and act like a vitim, so yeah, I don't like this kind of character, even more when it's female and gives reason to the argument "typical women behavior". I liked ...more
Jules
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Summerset Abbey trilogy this continuation where the first book left off was a very enjoyable read. I'm continually interested in what happens to Rowena, Prudence, and Victoria. While their personal stories are interesting, I'm also liking the historical aspect as well. The writing is well-done being at times both dramatic and light. Looking forward to book three which takes the girls into WW1. ...more
Linda DiBenedetto
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read if you miss Downton Abbey as much as I do.
Joan Hurley
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Regina
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A good sequel. I did not enjoy it quite as much as the first one but it was still good and the characters that were added wer good additions to the book
Rachel
the first book was good. this one the characters suddenly became horribly irritating
Bernadette Shekleton
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book two in the series. I am hooked until the end.
Justine H
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!
Allyson Abu-Hajar
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The saga continues with the lives of Victoria and Rowena Buxton, and Prudence Tate.

Rowena has been pouting because she hadn't heard from Jon. One morning, she dares to take a ride to Jon's homestead, where she is warmly greeted by Jon's mother and sister. Rowena's aunt, talks her into making the house calling rounds of society. Sebastian takes Rowena to town, where she runs into Jon, with promises of going flying, Jon kisses Rowena. The kiss, is observed and reported back to Rowena's aunt, where
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Paula Hess
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the series. Good historical fiction read that takes place in the early 1900's in England. ...more
Jess
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first novel in the series, Summerset Abbey, so I was excited to see what the second installment brought. I am delighted to say that I didn't feel like this suffered from the dreaded second-book slump at all!

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the character growth that occurred. In Summerset Abbey, I had my frustrations with Rowena and in a way I was glad to see that these weren't unfounded as they carried over well to this novel. She was a bit dim, probably
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Ella
I felt the first book in the series was mainly Rowena's story, with a hearty dose of Prudence and Victoria. In this particular entry in the series, it read more like Victoria's story, with a nice dose of Prudence, and thankfully, not as much of Rowena.

The book was good, but the annoyance factor was amped up big time, and I didn't think that was possible after the first entry. Just about everybody got on my nerves.

Victoria: I wasn't very bothered by her last time around, but it seems that if you
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Amy Schmalbach
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one an can't wait to read the final installment. While it wasn't perfect, I would give it 4.5 stars. This one updates us on where all the characters are after Prudence's abrupt marriage at the end of the first book. The character development continues, with Prudence still feeling out of place even in her new role as housewife, Victoria trying to give back to society but falling victim to her own naivete, and Rowena plagued by guilt and grief. The book was good fun, if somew ...more
Celia Kennedy
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Likened to Downton Abbey, the Summerset series is set in the same era with the daughters of the late Sir Phillip of Summerset facing similar challenges to the women of Downton.

Rowena, Victoria and Prudence continue to push against societal norms and find happiness in the ever changing world of the aristocracy. Unfortunately, while their stories are interesting, they lack the depth needed for one to lose themselves inside the story or subplots. The book lacks the energy of the first book, Summers
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Loraine
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although I get frustrated with the character's choices for romance (they are choosing people they don't truly love) it makes the story believable because the strict rules of society during that era were extremely difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. Apparently, people often did not have the luxury to choose to marry the person they loved simply on account of their station in life. It is a bittersweet and frustrating novel(s) because I'm typically a big fan of happy endings. Sometimes, howe ...more
Leah
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars
Weisser
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
Part two of the Summerset Abbey Trilogy finds the three women, Prudence, Victoria and Rowena in very different stages of their lives. One is married, one becomes engaged and one is jailed. A Bloom in Winter continues the story of the Buxton clan in the early 1900's London, England. Each of the women has a secret. Each suffer loss as they mature and lose their innocence. T.J. Brown has allowed this to become a little romantic without it turning into the "damsel in distress" historical romance. Al ...more
Star
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
It’s 1914 in England and there aren’t a lot of choices for young women at this time, especially not those of breeding. Victoria and Rowena Buxton are now living with their aunt and uncle, along with their cousin Elaine, in Summerset Abbey. Prudence, Victoria and Rowena’s (sort-of) sister has left after her shabby treatment, running away with the footman. Rowena’s down in the dumps over Jon, a pilot who has not gotten in touch since their impassioned kiss. Victoria, with her delicate constitution ...more
Sherri
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the second book in this trilogy, much more than the first. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars, rather than 4, just because I'd actually say I like the time period the author is writing about much more than I actually like the characters/story. However, it's growing on me.....so I'll round up to a 4.

I will fully admit that it took me some time to warm up to Victoria, Rowena, and even Prudence (who seems to be the most lovable/relatable of the girls). I listen to the audiobooks whil
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