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Downton Abbey fans . . . if you'd like another series set in the manor houses of England, try the Manor House Series. The first book is "Love of the Summerfields."
1880 England: the lives and loves of manor and village intertwine. Earl and shopkeeper, countess and clerk--all will be stunned and transformed by a secret that begs to be revealed.
When the Weston family returns to Summerfield Manor at the close of the London social season, both village and manor relax into their normal existence. But for four women, turmoil awaits. Each must battle the restrictions of her position as her faith and character are tested.
Adelaide Weston, the feisty and domineering dowager countess, is thrust out of her carefully structured life of duty by the reappearance of her first love.
Ruth Weston, the manor's reclusive, guilt-ridden countess, struggles to emerge from self-imposed exile to embrace her marriage, her family, and the duties of her position.
Ruth's loyal lady's maid, Molly Wallace, juggles the demands of her job, the needs of her own tumultuous family, and a secret romance.
And Lila Hayward, a shopkeeper's daughter, finds herself in love with a viscount's son who's engaged to Ruth's spoiled daughter. Lila is sorely tested when she is obliged to act as liaison between the two, putting her in constant contact with the man she loves but can never hope to win.
None of these women expect a decades-old secret to unsettle the balance of her life--and the lives of everyone in Summerfield. Each will have a choice to make between her own happiness and a truth that will turn their carefully-ordered world upside down.
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Love of the Summerfields was born in Nebraska, in my sister's living room, one cold February night. As we talked hour after hour, my few ideas turned into many, and Fidelia and Frederick were born, and Lila and Clarissa . . . It was very much like giving birth. As the mother of my characters, I never know what they look like or even what their names are, until they're here, and their lives begin.
I live in Kansas, smack dab in the middle of the USA. So why am I writing about manor houses, countesses, and servants in Victorian England? Because I've always had a fascination with all things English. I devour the stories of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, John Gallsworthy . . .
There's a reason for that interest. The ancestors on my father's side were from Kent, England. Job Tyler was born in Cranbrook, Kent County, in 1619. In 1638, at the age of 19, he came to America, to the vicinity of Newport, Rhode Island--before Newport was even named. His great-grandson, David, was a founder of Piermont, New Hampshire, and his son fought in the Revolutionary War against England. I'm doing further research, but I may even have English roots back to a William Tyler from Shropshire in 1543--when Henry VIII was king (no wonder I'm obsessed with the Tudors!) The whole notion that I can trace my family back over 400 years excites me. How I wish I could talk to them and find out their stories.
For stories and family rule my life. As a grandmother I'm very aware of the passage of time and new generations, and I marvel how each family member has their own unique story. And each story contains elements of love, sorrow, joy, anger, frustration, determination, success, and failure. The details of costume and carriage change, but the intrinsic nature of men and women remains timeless. "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 3: 9)
I hope you've enjoyed your time with the Weston and Hayward families. Please come back and see what happens next in Bride of the Summerfields. I will do my best not to disappoint.
Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of thirty-two inspirational novels and novellas that focus on discovering our unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories. She also writes and illustrates children's books.
Her latest historical novel is "The Fashion Designer" about a woman opening a business in 1912 New York City. It's a sequel to "The Pattern Artist" The latter was a finalist for a Romantic Times award.
Other recent titles include the Downton Abbey-inspired Manor House Series: "Love of the Summerfields", "Bride of the Summerfields", and "Rise of the Summerfields."
Her historical bio-novels allow real women-of-history to share their life stories: "Just Jane" (Jane Austen), "Mozart's Sister" (Nannerl Mozart), "Washington's Lady" (Martha Washington) and "How Do I Love Thee?" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)
"An Unlikely Suitor" was named to Booklist's Top 100 Romance Novels of the last decade.
Nancy's time-travel novel, "Time Lottery", won a Christy Award, and "Washington's Lady" was a finalist.
Her contemporary books are known for their big-casts and intricate plotting. Some titles are "The Invitation", "John 3: 16", "Crossroads", "Solemnly Swear", "The Sister Circle", "The Seat Beside Me", and "The Good Nearby".
Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She knits voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.
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