As the icy chill of the winter of 1914 settles on the
magnificent country estate of Summerset Abbey, three young women seek comfort
and warmth in the smiles of friends, the fire in their hearts, and the promise
Victoria Buxton, with her delicate constitution but strong,
unflappable spirit, has no interest in societal conventions, the rules of
fashion, or the pursuit of a husband. Instead, she finds herself drawn into the
controversial—and dangerous—fight for women’s suffrage. But her dream is
compromised, and her heart divided, when her struggle for equal rights collides
with unexpected love.
Rowena Buxton has spent years waiting for a certain young pilot to fly back into her life. Now, she fears her chances for happiness have been
jeopardized by recklessness and scandal. Burdened by the guilt she
feels over bringing her sister Prudence to Summerset Abbey as a lady’s maid
while she herself led a life of privilege, Rowena hopes to make amends. But her
desire to set things right is complicated by her sudden engagement—to the wrong
Prudence Tate has seen both sides of life—upstairs and down. Raised like a
sister to Victoria and Rowena, she was banished to the servants’ quarters
when their father passed away. But once the truth about her parentage was
revealed, Prudence forged a new life for herself and married a penniless
veterinary student. Living in poverty in a shabby London flat, she wonders if
she’s made a terrible mistake—and there’s no turning back.
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