January 21, 2013
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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!
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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.
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 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.
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.
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