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The Long Shadows of Summer

(Seasons #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—
Kindle Edition, 556 pages
Published August 31st 2017 by Bird's Nest Books
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
A girl returned from ‘the dead’. A post-antebellum mansion with secret passages and secrets in general. Four childhood friends, from different backgrounds and different stations, each with distinct personalities, now grown. Mysteries to solve and people to protect. Deep South mixed with French and Native American influences, still trying to reconcile its past with its future.

All of these are ingredients in Robin E. Mason’s compelling novel, The Long Shadows of Summer. The South Carolina setting
Savana | The Biblio Life
Note: I received a gifted copy of this book from JustReads Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts here are my own.

The Long Shadows of Summer is the first book in the Seasons series by Robin E. Mason. I have to admit that at first I was skeptical because the cover printing isn’t super professional, aka it is more clearly reflects a self-published novel at first glance, and I am someone who is usually really drawn in by the cover…but I didn’t let that stop me. I was plea
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

What better way to start a book then knowing it's Downtown Abbey meets Gone With the Wind? It was a great story! Although I felt it was a bit long, I enjoyed my time with Mercedes. In fact, at times I wish I was there with her! My favorite part was her first encounter with Simone. It was that combination of excitement and fear, and Ms. Mason did a wonderful job writing that scene.

With a beautiful setting, adventurous characters, and a mystery to solve, you can be sure to get pulled into the stor
Suzie Waltner
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A mystery within a mystery so entwined together that pulling one thread often only makes the tangles worse while relentless picking unravels another. And a bit of a rags-to-riches story that encourages many in the large cast of characters.

In the first of Robin E. Mason’s Seasons series, we are introduced to Mercedes. She is definitely the mama of this group of four friends, the glue that holds them together while holding their secrets. But sometimes holding secrets can be too much for one person
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
"Meet me at Versailles."

Four childhood friends, now young women, were reduced to three, with the death and disappearance of one of their own. Now it seems, that the dead has returned to life.

Always the curious, instinctive, investigative one of the four, Mercedes Renaldi fills her role well as the head housekeeper of the Dubois estate near Charleston, South Carolina. Clever enough to hide her dear friend in a secret apartment below the grand home, she worries what has transpired over the years
Courtney Clark
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
I was picked to receive this book as part of a bookish blind date review tour. I will admit when the book arrived I was thrown by the cover, as it's not the best printing quality. But we all know don't judge a book by it's cover!

The Long Shadows of Summer is book one of the Seasons Series. On the back of the cover it is described as Downton Abbey meets Gone with the Wind. I love Downton Abbey and Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite books and movies, so it sounded promising.

This book is abou
Emily Yager
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting read. It was like reading a mash-up of Downton Abbey and Gone with the Wind. Mercedes a quiet housekeeper for a wealthy family fancies herself a bit of a sleuth and loves a good mystery. The detail rich text, while it did a good job bringing the scenes to life, it felt a bit overmuch and slowed the pace down at times. Overall the story was compelling with an interesting mystery at the center of this tight nit friends group. The story did end with a few unanswered questions, which ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: This review is regarding all FOUR books of Robin Mason’s Season series.

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Four women; childhood friends. Growing pains; personal growth. Deep love; romance. Husbands; children. Heritage; New beginnings.

These things and more in Robin Mason’s Seasons series, set in the late 19th/early 20th c
Beckie Burnham
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The Long Shadows of Summer is the first book in the Seasons series and features Mercedes, one of the four childhood friends that the novels revolve around. Although all four women play a part in the story, it is the first person voice of Mercedes that the reader must rely on. As a belowstairs servant, she is privy to a number of family and community secrets, but it seems that she is ignorant of the most shocking, including one that involves herself. Mercedes is a sympathetic character, and the n ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The Long Shadows of Summer by Robin E. Mason was a very interesting Historical Fiction book set in turn of the century South Carolina. The main character Mercedes has a calm, predictable life as the housekeeper for a well-to-do southern family, but everything changes when her friend Simone—whom everyone thought was dead—reappears with a shocking secret and a mystery Mercedes is bound to solve.
However, there is much more at play than anyone knows—not only in her friend’s mysterious disappearance
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The visual word picture that Ms. Mason paints of the south during the Antebellum (1912) era is vivid in both color and shadows. As you read you can hear frogs, and crickets; feel the humidity on your skin as the sun rises in the morning. The upstairs, downstairs world of that time period is particularly interesting and engaging.

While I had a difficult time getting into the book at the beginning, with both the French language inserts, and the first person narrative of Mercedes. I found some of t
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by Robin Mason. It’s also the first book in a series of four. There are 4 main characters that have been friends since childhood. Each book focuses on one of the friends. Book one features Mercedes.

Mercedes has always loved Sherlock Holmes-type mysteries, which is a good thing because in this book, she has a couple of mysteries to try and solve. One that surprisingly focuses on herself and who she really is. The other focuses on her “dead” friend.

I would
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