This reading group guide for Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to London, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and suddenly finds herself embracing the most dangerous activity the world has ever seen. Her younger sister Victoria, in a desperate attempt to prove herself, defies her family and her illness to make her own dream occupation as a botanist come true . . . but she instead finds herself lured into a dangerous and controversial society dedicated to the fight for women’s suffrage.
As England and the world step closer to conflict, the three young women flout their family, their upbringing and their heritage to seize a modern future of their own making. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter
picks up a few months after the final scene of Summerset Abbey
. In the opening chapters, we are swiftly updated on the lives of our three heroines: Victoria is more dete