Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: March 5, 2013
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: The highly anticipated second installment in the Summerset Abbey series, which picks up just after the climatic conclusion of book one. After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to Devonshire, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and embraces the most dangerous activity the world has ever seen, and Victoria defies her family and her illness to make her own dream occupation as a botanist come true. As England and the world step closer to conflict, the two young women flout their family, their upbringing, and their heritage to seize a modern future of their own making.
Review: It’s 1914 in England and there aren’t a lot of choices for young women at this time, especially not those of breeding. Victoria and Rowena Buxton are now living with their aunt and uncle, along with their cousin Elaine, in Summerset Abbey. Prudence, Victoria and Rowena’s (sort-of) sister has left after her shabby treatment, running away with the footman. Rowena’s down in the dumps over Jon, a pilot who has not gotten in touch since their impassioned kiss. Victoria, with her delicate constitution, has dreams of being a botanist and has sent in articles to a magazine for publication. Yet, not everything is as it seems for the sisters…
‘A Bloom in Winter’ is the second book in the “Summerset Abbey” trilogy and having never read the first book, I didn’t feel too lost. 1914 England isn’t a point in time in which I’m very interested; however, the characters grew on me a bit over the course of the story. The character I felt most drawn to was Victoria for her genuinely good (if naïve) nature. While I liked the book overall and it was a quick read, I don’t know if it matched well with the first book. If you like this time period or English dramas, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this series.
Summerset Abbey series: Summerset Abbey (1), A Bloom in Winter (2), Spring Awakening (3)