January 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown – Guest Post with G!veaway

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Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown

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Today, we have author, T.J. Brown, share with us some of her favorite quotes from
Summerset Abbey and why!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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.

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Publication Date:  January 15, 2013
Publisher:  Gallery Books

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One of the things that surprised me the most about Summerset Abbey was how the characters just took over and said the most surprising things. A certain creative craziness infused the writing of this series. Of course, I was ill and on pain medication during that time…maybe that had something to do with it! But honestly, the characters uttered the most surprising things. For instance, I really had no idea that Kit and Victoria would play off of one another so beautifully. Who knew that this creative, idealistic young woman would share the same sense of humor and flights of fancy as such a jaded young man?

So I love this exchange:

“You followed me!”

He stared back at her, his eyes wide. Then he smiled. “I thought you might be sneaking off to do something fun.” He looked around the room. “What are you doing, anyway?”

She tilted her nose. No matter what she said, he was going to tease. He was just that sort and she was not going to let him poke fun at her secret. “I’m looking for the rabbit hole.”

He blinked. “And have you found it?” he asked, his voice amused.

“Not yet. But I remain ever hopeful.”

“And what would you do if you found it?” 

“Fill it up, of course. Wonderland seems a nasty sort of place.”


Another fun exchange occurs whenever members of the Clever Coterie gather together. The Clever Coterie is modeled after a real group that existed in England during the Edwardian period. This group of privileged young aristocrats adored word games, gambling and drinking to excess. Here is one exchange during an ice skating party:

Colin cleared his throat and Kit solicitously handed him a flask. Colin took a long drink and nodded in gratitude. “Thank you, my good man. Now, you’ve all met our cousins, the honorable Rowena and Victoria. They wish to be considered for entrance into our humble club.”

One of the young women, a brassy blonde with bold Slavic features, laughed. “And when has a Buxton ever been involved in anything humble? And of course they can join. It’s not as though we have an admittance committee.”

Elaine laughed and held up her thumb and forefinger about an inch apart. “Not even an itty-bitty committee, Daphne?” 

“God save me from a committee,” Kit muttered. Victoria grinned up at him and Rowena frowned. It wasn’t that she didn’t want Vic to be happy, but there was something about Kit that was so cynical. Rowena wasn’t sure that he could really be happy with anyone, let alone her excitable, imaginative little sister.

“Death by committee?” Victoria asked.

“Surely it wouldn’t take death to become one of us, as none of us are dead. But I’m finding the whole thing rather moot. You’re either Coterie material or you are not.” Daphne shrugged.

“But exactly what makes up Coterie material?” Rowena was finally roused enough to ask. “Seems to me the entrance requirements are rather vague.”

Sebastian laughed. “I think the whole club is rather vague.”

I adore writing dialogue, especially period dialogue, and I love when characters surprise me with the things they say. To read more Summerset Abbey dialogue, order the book and read the exchanges for yourself!

About the Author:

TJ Brown is passionate about books, writing, history, dachshunds and mojitos. If she could go back in time, she would have traveled back to England, 1910, Paris, 1927 or Haight-Ashbury, 1967. She resides in the burbs of Portlandia, where she appreciates the weirdness, the microbreweries, hoodies, Voodoo Donuts and the rain.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tour
for more chances to win!

Kicks Off

January 3rd – Fiktshun – Interview/Q&A

Week One

January 7th – Katie’s Book Blog – Review and Interview/Q&A
January 8th – Letters Inside Out – Guest Post
January 9th – Stuck in YA Books – Guest Post
January 10th – Book Loving Mom – Review
January 11th – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Guest Post

Week Two

January 21st – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post
January 22nd – To Read or Not To Read – Review
January 23rd – In the Next Room – Interview/Q&A
January 24th – The Reading Date – Review
January 25th – Snowdrop Dreams of Books – Guest Post


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  1. Christina K.

    I’d love to read it because I love historicals and the dialogue really got me!!

    Thank you:)

  2. Randi M

    I want to read Summerset Abbey because I love historical fiction and, thanks to Downton Abbey :), I’m particularly interested in the Edwardian period!

  3. Lauren

    I think the cover is fabulous and the story of society girls in London during WWII is interesting to me.

  4. Nora-Adrienne

    Actually if I win, I probably wont be reading the book. I’m entering to win it as a gift for my Southern Belle daughter in law. She loves this genre very much.

  5. Karen H in NC

    I’m a big fan of historicals, romance and fiction. I’m beginning to like more books set in the early part of the 20th century. This sounds like a winner. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Maureen

    It looks like a fascinating story with some interesting characters.

  7. Carol Preflatish

    I’m so hooked on Downton Abbey, I can’t wait to read Summerset Abbey.

  8. Carl

    Thanks to the recent influence of television’s Downton Abbey more people than ever are interested in this period in British history. It has long been one of my favorites, that period of peace and beauty just prior to the outbreak of WWI. Thanks for the review, the excerpts, and the giveaway

  9. Brooke Banks

    I do want to read it because I like historical, but more importantly I love strong heroines. Each woman intrigues and speaks to me in a different way.

    I love reading about those who weren’t in the privileged class like Prudence and their struggle, their perspective on the time.

    Victoria I want to read about because of my fondness for learning and the women who break through the glass ceiling in academics.

    I love the leader and protector vibe from Rowena and having to deal with the strict Victorian rules on genders and their place in life.

  10. brandileigh2003

    The character interactions sounds awesome. Great review.

  11. Meghan Stith

    It looks very similar to Downton Abbey which makes me think that I would enjoy this read immensely. I would really like to read this one!

  12. sarah Kozlowski

    The cover grabbed my attention first , and the story looks interesting.

  13. bn100

    it sounds interesting.

  14. Carol L

    I’m looking forward to reading Summerset Abbey. I LOVE Downton Abbey so this is one of my favorite time periods.Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L.

  15. Dione Sage

    I love historical fictions. This story looks great and the simple fact that the description say that the young women were raised in a bohemian household that defied Edwardian tradition, that in itself makes me curious.
    Can’t wait to read this!

  16. Colleen Turner

    I just LOVE historical fiction and this book sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  17. Natasha

    I love reading historical fiction and this one sound really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Beckey

    Really enjoy reading Historical and it seems like something that I will enjoy. (not to mention this book has been recommended to me several times…)

  19. Cyn209

    i love historical fictions, so Summerset Abbey is a book i will need to read!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  20. Holly Letson

    I have heard such great things about this book.

  21. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I haven’t read many historical fiction but lately there have been quite a few that sound really GOOD. I haven’t heard of this book until now and I’m glad to see it on here. The book description just drew me in and now I have to find out how everything turns out. I’m putting this on my TBR list and wishlist to buy, if I don’t win the book:) And the cover??!! WOW! Its so gorgeous!! I love when authors choose a picture that fits perfectly with the story of the book. Thank you for having this giveaway and thank you to the author for a chance to win your book!!

  22. Kate F.

    I want to read this book because I love historical fiction.

  23. Heidi S

    I also love historical fiction and am anxious to see what all the hype is about (haven’t seen the tv series yet).

  24. Stephanie

    I find that time period really interesting and the storyline reminds me of Downton Abbey :)

  25. Tia

    I like historical fiction so I think this one would be interesting

  26. Della Taraska

    The cover and title of this book caught my eye, I love historical fiction. Romantic historical fiction as well.

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