Monday, December 3, 2012

Mailbox Monday

This is where we spotlight the books that came to our home in the last week. Caveat:  Mailbox Monday can cause your TBR pile to increase exponentially.December's host is Suko's Notebook.

I got so caught up in the first season of Downton Abbey that when I saw this cover and read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it.  What "must reads" have crossed your path recently?

Paperback, Original, 288 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2013 by Gallery Books

ISBN: 1451698984 (ISBN13: 9781451698985)
edition language: English

From the publisher

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 value people, not wealth or status. But everything she believes will be tested when Sir Philip dies, and the girls must live under their uncle’s guardianship at the vast family estate, Summerset Abbey. Standing up for a beloved family member sequestered to the “underclass” in this privileged new world, and drawn into the Cunning Coterie, an exclusive social circle of aristocratic “rebels,” Rowena must decide where her true passions—and loyalties—lie.

Victoria Buxton

Frail in body but filled with an audacious spirit, Victoria secretly dreams of attending university to become a botanist like her father. But this most unladylike wish is not her only secret—Victoria has stumbled upon a family scandal that, if revealed, has the potential to change lives forever. . . .

Prudence Tate

Prudence was lovingly brought up alongside Victoria and Rowena, and their bond is as strong as blood. But by birth she is a governess’s daughter, and to the lord of Summerset Abbey, that makes her a commoner who must take her true place in society—as lady’s maid to her beloved “sisters.” But Pru doesn’t belong in the downstairs world of the household staff any more than she belongs upstairs with the Buxton girls. And when a young lord catches her eye, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever truly carve out a place for herself at Summerset Abbey.


  1. Looks like a lovely book! made me think of Downton Abbey.

  2. This does sound like a lovely, captivating book. Enjoy! Here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  3. Hello friend. Sorry I haven't been by. Hope all is well with you and TBG.

  4. Big fan of DA so I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this book. Hope you love it! Have a great week, Kaye.

  5. I have never read the books DA, but this one sounds and looks interesting. Wasn't DA a TV series a few years ago? Or was that another show I am thinking about and never watched?

  6. Very elegant cover! Hope you enjoy. :-)

  7. Wow that looks like an amazing book!!

  8. Sounds great, would love to read.

  9. Great holiday blog decor!

    ENJOY your new book. :)

  10. I am very intrigued by this series. There are another 2 scheduled to come out in 2013: Summerset Abbey: The Bloom in Winter and Summerset Abbey: Spring Awakening The cover on this one and the next one are gorgeous. Hope you enjoy it!

  11. This certainly sounds like your kind of book! I hope you love it and get more goodies this week! :)

  12. that one sounds really good, I'll have to check it out.

    Cheli's Shelves

  13. Hi Kaye,

    I shall have to read this one, if only for the fact that I live in Somerset, although spelt this alternative way it is a county (your US state) in England.

    I see from checking on Amazon, that this is the first book in a trilogy. The second and third parts have covers which are equally as alluring as this one and it is a manageable sized series which even I can't get too bogged down with!

    I hope that you enjoy reading this one and have a good week.


  14. The book sounds good even though I'm not familiar with the series Downtown Abbey.

  15. I got this one too..can't wait to read it..I love Downton Abbey and I really need for it to come back on tv..not too much longer now.


  16. I think this sounds excellent, and I would be really excited to get the chance to read it! You are such a lucky girl! I'm sorry for the absence of commenting last week. I was away for the funeral of a close family member.

  17. I hope it exceeds your expectations!

  18. That is a pretty slinky dress for the era isn't it?

  19. Looks it.

    A must read that I just finished was THE SECRET KEEPER. Couldn't wait to get it. I wish I could get a copy of THE ART FORGER...that is another one I want. :)

    Enjoy your week.

    My Mailbox Monday link is below....hope you can stop by to also see my review of THE SECRET KEEPER


    A review and E-book giveaway of MURDER TAKES TIME

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  20. I keep seeing Summerset Abbey around and I really want to read it. Enjoy!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

  21. I received Summerset Abbey a couple of weeks ago. I hope it is as great as the summary makes it out to be. I, too, am caught up in reading anything Downton Abbeyish :-)


  22. Summerset Abbey looks very good, and such a pretty cover. I have yet to watch Downton Abbey, and I keep meaning to. Happy reading :)

  23. Ooh...looks and sounds fantastic! Enjoy!

  24. Well, if after watching Downton made you want to read this book then sign me up!! I can't wait for season 3 which is just around the corner!!


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