The Buttonmaker's Daughter

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The novel is set in the long, hot summer of 1914 on a large estate famous for the beauty of its gardens. Summerhayes should be a place of calm and tranquillity, but is riven with conflict – between neighbours, within the family itself, and on a far larger scale with the rumblings of war in Europe growing louder every day.

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The Buttonmaker's Daughter - Historical Novel Society

It is May 1914, and self-made man Joshua Summer’s plan to create a magnificent Italian garden at his Sussex home Summerhayes is nearing completion. However, the building of a summerhouse and temple by the lake brings Joshua’s beloved daughter Elizabeth in contact with Aiden Kellaway, a young architect’s assistant with ambitions for his future. But […]

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The Buttonmaker's Daughter - Historical Novel Society

It is May 1914, and self-made man Joshua Summer’s plan to create a magnificent Italian garden at his Sussex home Summerhayes is nearing completion. However, the building of a summerhouse and temple by the lake brings Joshua’s beloved daughter Elizabeth in contact with Aiden Kellaway, a young architect’s assistant with ambitions for his future. But […]

Read "The Buttonmaker’s Daughter" by Merryn Allingham available from Rakuten Kobo. May, Nestled in Sussex, the Summerhayes mansion seems the perfect country idyll. But with a long-running feud in t. Family Loyalty, Books To Read, My Books, Historical Fiction, Great Books, Book Publishing, Book Format, Audio Books, Daughter

Jane Davis • Author of Half-truths and White Lies, I Stopped Time and more… Virtual Book Club: Merryn Allingham introduces The Buttonmaker's Daughter - Jane Davis • Author of Half-truths and White Lies, I Stopped Time and more...

Today I’m delighted to welcome Merryn Allingham to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Merryn Allingham worked for many years as a university lecturer and between job, family and pets, there was little time to write. But when the pressures eased, she...» Continue Reading

Read "The Buttonmaker’s Daughter" by Merryn Allingham available from Rakuten Kobo. May, Nestled in Sussex, the Summerhayes mansion seems the perfect country idyll. But with a long-running feud in t. Family Loyalty, Books To Read, My Books, Historical Fiction, Great Books, Book Publishing, Book Format, Audio Books, Daughter

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If you enjoyed watching Downton Abbey I know you will definitely enjoy The Buttonmaker's Daughter. A recommended read from me.

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Summerhayes doesn't look exactly like this, but the chimneys, the lawn, the pergola are all aspects of my fictional house. It's owner, Joshua Summer, set out to build a spanking new mansion in 1900 and that meant the Arts and Craft style.

I love this art deco bedroom - the beautiful wardrobe and those wonderfully patterned rugs make me very jealous. They had to go into a novel! For me, this was Elizabeth's room, a bedroom fit for a heroine. Art Deco Bedroom, Rug Making, Art Nouveau, Manor Houses, Furniture, Jealous, Bedrooms, Daughter, Home Decor

I love this art deco bedroom - the beautiful wardrobe and those wonderfully patterned rugs make me very jealous. They had to go into a novel! For me, this was Elizabeth's room, a bedroom fit for a heroine.

I took this photograph at Standen House in West Sussex. It's a reminder of just how much drudgery was involved in maintaining a large house and estate such as Summerhayes and affording its inhabitants a life of leisure. Large Homes, Photograph, Daughter, House, Life, Home Decor, Photography, Decoration Home, Big Houses

I took this photograph at Standen House in West Sussex. It's a reminder of just how much drudgery was involved in maintaining a large house and estate such as Summerhayes and affording its inhabitants a life of leisure.

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An art deco sitting room. I chose this image in particular because of the colour and the smell of the wood. This is how I imagined Summerhayes to look - its golden oak making it light and bright, despite the conflicts raging within.

The Summerhayes mansion contains a great deal of decorative stained glass. Joshua Summer was a one time button maker and has an eye for beauty. When the sun shines, the walls are massed with swirls of reflected colour. Stained Glass Panels, Stained Glass Patterns, Stained Glass Art, Mosaic Glass, Craftsman Windows, Craftsman Style, Decorate Lampshade, Lampshades, Eye For Beauty

The Summerhayes mansion contains a great deal of decorative stained glass. Joshua Summer was a one time button maker and has an eye for beauty. When the sun shines, the walls are massed with swirls of reflected colour.

This image is of part of the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. The picture was an inspiration for the flower gardens and greenhouses of my fictional estate of Summerhayes. Lost Gardens Of Heligan, Cornwall, Acre, Vineyard, Things To Do, Tropical, Flowers, Pictures, Outdoor

This image is of part of the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. The picture was an inspiration for the flower gardens and greenhouses of my fictional estate of Summerhayes.

More humble but still beautiful - the huge expanse of vegetable gardens which at Summerhayes feeds not only the family but every employee and their families too! Garden Bridge, Vegetable Garden, Families, Daughter, Gardens, Outdoor Structures, Places, Beautiful, Vegetables Garden

More humble but still beautiful - the huge expanse of vegetable gardens which at Summerhayes feeds not only the family but every employee and their families too!

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This is how I imagined the temple at Summerhayes - it's the focal point of the Italian Garden (the piece de resistance of the gardens), a place where lovers meet but murder is committed.

Embroidered tea dress, worn for wedding dress. From the Vintage Textile archives. Vintage Bridal, Vintage Lace, Vintage Dresses, Vintage Outfits, Vintage Clothing, Tea Dresses, Vintage Tea, Wedding Dresses, Vintage Style

A tea dress - not so fine as court clothes, but considerably finer than everyday Edwardian women's wear.

This is an image of a court presentation in the Edwardian era. My heroine's father goes to great trouble and expense to ensure his daughter is presented to the king and queen (Edward VII and Alexandra) to increase her chances of a 'good' marriage. Victoria Reign, Queen Victoria, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Vintage Fashion, Michelangelo, Czar Nicolau Ii, Alexandra Of Denmark, Uk History

This is an image of a court presentation in the Edwardian era. My heroine's father goes to great trouble and expense to ensure his daughter is presented to the king and queen (Edward VII and Alexandra) to increase her chances of a 'good' marriage.

The first jigsaw puzzles were produced in the late 1700s by mapmakers mounting maps on hardwood and cutting pieces out with a maquetry saw. But the jigsaw's heyday was around 1900, when puzzle makers began to experiment with smaller pieces, often using people as their subject. This one is called Poinsettia and features at the end of the novel to suggest a resigned calm at Summerhayes. Puzzle Maker, Using People, Color Lines, Poinsettia, Gorgeous Women, Jigsaw Puzzles, Experiment, Maps, Artwork

The first jigsaw puzzles were produced in the late 1700s by mapmakers mounting maps on hardwood and cutting pieces out with a maquetry saw. But the jigsaw's heyday was around 1900, when puzzle makers began to experiment with smaller pieces, often using people as their subject. This one is called Poinsettia and features at the end of the novel to suggest a resigned calm at Summerhayes.