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Spring Awakening

(Summerset Abbey #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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.

Aristocratic and free-spirited sisters Rowena and Victoria, as well as their maid and dear friend Prudence navigate the uncertain social and political climate of WWI-era England in the dramatic conclusion to t
Paperback, 270 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Gallery Books
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Amy Schmalbach
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy. While I wouldn't call it a page-turner, it was a light and easy read. I was afraid that Brown would take the cliched route and have the three sisters end up with their first loves, but, refreshingly, that was not the case. I was inwardly wincing when World War I conveniently started and there would be an easy out to take Prudence's sweet-but-not-passionate husband out of the picture and get her back together with Sebastian. Even more, I was dre ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again I joined my three Summerset girls, PruPru, Vicky, RoRo (as I just now decided to name them - it's late, I'm more than tired and I've written over ten reviews so forgive me) on their final adventures.
And guess what - this was so enjoyable and entertaining!
I was really immersed into these pages and tales of how WW I impacts life and livestyles of poor and rich alike.
Kudos to T.J. Brown, what a great conclusion to the series.
The characters really grew on me despite my initial feelings of
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked how the author does not subscribe to the "one Soul mate" theory of love. The characters in the trilogy make decisions based upon questions like, "Who will stand by me? Who is loyal and steady?" not just who makes the fireworks go off first. ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book started weakly and read a lot like Downton Abbey fan fiction. There's an awkward attempt at seduction scene that I skipped right through. It was very strange and oddly placed but it made sense for the character at that time. At first I thought I knew where the story was headed but halfway through it took a different turn and I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself NOT wanting the book to end the way I originally envisioned it. I liked the way it turned out. It was bittersweet but ni ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one conclusion to a trilogy that certainly did not disappoint. I think when an author talks about how much their characters mean to them, how devoted to the story they are in their author's note, the reader can be assured of a passionately written story--not something that was just thrown together in order to meet a deadline or to get a paycheck. Brown's characters were all so vibrant, strong, perfectly imperfect and seemingly real; each and every one truly came to life on the page. The ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the "Summerset Abbey" trilogy. It continues where book 2 left off. Should not be read as a standalone book without reading the first two.

The book jacket said "For lovers of Downton Abbey..."
This is NOT Downton Abbey... not even close! But it is a light, quick, and enjoyable read. I finished the three book trilogy in a matter of days.
This is the story of three "sisters" (Rowena, Prudence, Victoria) raised in England during the Edwardian Period -- their loves, losses, adventures, and t
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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You know those books that you hate to leave the characters when the book has come to an end? This was one of those books for me. I have enjoyed following Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence through their trials and tribulations. Each of them have strengths and faults that they discover, then must learn how to deal with them. I am overjoyed that everything worked out with each girl. It shows that even though things don't always go as planned, you can and should make the best of what you've got. ...more
Rachel Check
This series has been amazing. The characters are strong and unique, their lives interesting and full of challenges. I was completely wrong in thinking that this book was a formulaic historical romance. Three women, each gets a book and her happily ever after, right? No. And it was all the better for it.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice ending to the trilogy. I really got into the characters more in this book then in the second book. Would love to see this series made into a movie or a made-for-tv series
Jul 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Glad to have this series over. I didn't like any of the main characters and all their 'love stories' were just settling or abruptly resolved. ...more
Apr 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An historic novel set in England at WW1. Think Downton Abbey meets Friends.
Originally reviewed on Words in a Teacup

I've just finished reading the last book and this is a good series overall, but the second book is a snoozefest. It felt as if the author had enough material for two books only, but for some reason she decided to write a trilogy anyway. The only plot where anything happens in the second book is Victoria's, and Victoria becomes insufferable in it. Because of that I considered not reading the third book at all. I'm glad I changed my mind, because the third b
Allyson Abu-Hajar
The final book in the series, and by far I'd have to say my favorite.

War has come, and it impacts Victoria, Rowena, and Prudence in different ways. Victoria is offered, as a select few, to go to France to care for the wounded. She jumps at the chance. Before her trip, Kit pays her a visit, and again asks her to marry him, but it ends in a fight with Kit walking out the door, and Victoria realizes her true feelings.

Rowena offers to fly planes. The war is keeping a continuous demand for airplanes
Chelsey Wolford
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed T.J. Brown’s Summerset Abbey Trilogy and honestly I hate to see it come to a close. In my opinion, this book, the last in the trilogy, was the absolute best! There was more action, more love, and certainly more war! Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence are all at different points in their life by the time this book starts, but one thing remains the same – the imminent threat of war. A war would greatly impact the lives of each of these girls, and in this final book in the tri ...more
Celia Kennedy
Having read this book in the series first, I can recommend it the most. It was the energy of this book that encouraged me to read the first two.

We find the Summerset family facing World War II and life changing forever for many of the characters in the books. At the end of A Bloom in Winter, Book #2 in the series, the Earl and Lady Summerset are already bending somewhat. In this book they continue to evolve, and it is this which makes Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence to some extents, more interest
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the final book in the trilogy, but am glad it has all come to an end. I don't think I could stand to read another word about these gals.

I found myself wincing and grimacing while reading the Victoria chapters. I thoroughly hated her throughout most of the book, and was hoping she would die. Here and there I was tolerant of her, but overall she was quite sickening.

Once again there was much talk about how diminutive she was. That subject had been beaten to death in books 1 and 2, so the
Cathy Elliott
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a review for the final book in the Summerset Trilogy. But could apply to any the books. LOVED them! When I finished the the last book, SPRING AWAKENING by T.J. Brown, I didn’t want it to end! The characters & story pulled me in right away. Brown had many twists & turns I didn’t expect, which made for a fun ride. Also enjoyed the setting & time frame so much – very Downton-ish. The description was perfect. Not TOO much, but just enough so that my reader brain could embellish & fill in the ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Summerset Abbey series improves through the books. In the first book, Summerset AbbeySummerset Abbey, the story was really finding its legs. The second book, A Bloom in Winter, the plot takes some unexpected turns and rises above the upstairs/downstairs paradigm of its predecessor. In this final installment, relationships, both romantic and platonic, are tested in the crucible of World War I. Some endure and some shatter. The war's looming specter of death is also very real. At its best, the ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) This is the third book in the Summerset Abbey trilogy. The war continues, disrupting plans for Rowena’s wedding to Sebastian. Rowena has taken on the job of ferrying planes across Britain, and longs to be able to do more. Her chance to do so could be a deadly one. Victoria has convinced her family to allow her to live in London and she takes the step of becoming a volunteer nurse. Despite her asthma, her nursing and language skills lead her to France where she sees the true horrors o ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spring Awakening (Summerset Abbey, #3)
Brown, T.J.
Summerset Abbey Spring awakening by T j Brown is the continuation of the story of the three Buxton sisters, Rowena the pilot, Victoria the suffragette, and Prudence Tate the loving wife. The story starts where the Bloom in winter left the reader. With Victoria recovering from her stay in Prison, as she regains her health she believes she knows what her path is. She begins training as a biologist. Rowena has been slowly wrapping her mind around th
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
T. J. Brown tells an interesting story, but if she continues writing historical romance, she should please, please, please study the scripts of Downton Abbey, and find a decent British editor to eliminate modern-day American from her protagonists' direct speech. I enjoyed the story, but the nitpicker and Downton lover in me can't get over the weird (or should I call it wrong?) language, style, even grammar. "Belie" is the opposite of "betray". One should not use the same verb ("she added") three ...more
I just finished book three of the amazing story of the Ladies of Summerset Abbey. It was a real emotional roller coaster ride. This book focused a lot on Rowena Buxton, and her search to find something to end the overwhelming grey in her life. She finds both love, and flying. Not all runs smooth though, since her alienation of her oldest friend, and dearest sister Prudence. Her life is caught up in the world wind of the war, and the need to find balance in her life, and her heart. It also revisi ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely by far the best book of the trilogy. I am actually sad that there aren't more books about Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence to look forward to! I started off with the first book only half interested in the series, probably mainly interested because I love the Edwardian time period so much. However, by the third book, the girls lives are completely different from where they started, and you realize the characters aren't half as flat as they originally seemed in the first book--th ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy is very well written. Everything seems to end up fine, but the author did seem to be in tune with the characters and their struggles with human feelings, day to day events and how our feelings move and change according to outside events and the choices we make from these events. So, at times, I was very sad about what was happening with relationships, when things didn't turn out perfectly and happily ever after. But that's real life. Things don't always go the way we plan or want th ...more
3 and 1/2 stars. I am glad I read this series ( thanks Abish!) it is very light, and pretty predictable, but there is something about this time period and all they enduring which is captivating. The social classes shifting, woman's rights coming to light, technology, the war- all makes for a great background. I have to say almost all the characters had great closure too (Except one, a spinoff maybe?!) which I appreciated because I need to know! And, my favorite character in the end turned out to ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Three women, Rowena, Victoria, and Prudence, are all struggling to deal with World War I. Life isn't easy for each other them. Rowena is uncertain about her kind fiancé when she can't stop thinking about a past love. Victoria is intent on being alone, but in doing so, she may lose the one man she never knew she loved. Prudence's husband is possibly off to war, and she can't handle it. The three will have to rely on each other if they hope to make it through the tragedies and changes that await ...more
Ann Boytim
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was sorry to see the ending of this trilogy. All comes together at last for three "sisters" and their adventures during the war on the battlefields of France. Prudence and Andrew have issues to solve as Andrew is wounded and loses part of his leg and is returned to London, Prudence is expecting a baby and times are hard. Rowena is flying planes and is finally allowed to fly a plane across the Channel to France. Victoria works as a VAD at the front and sees things she cannot have imagined but i ...more
Sherri Jordan
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As WWI begins and the men in the girls lives go to the battlefield, they soon discover just how valuable they are. Victoria becomes a nurse, Prudence is about to be a mother, and Rowena becomes a pilot. Throughout the book their stories wind together and they reconcile to help each other. Two of the girls discover that first impressions don't always lead to true and lasting love. This was a beautifully written series and I highly recommend it to historical fiction fans ...more
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