Tell us a story

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019! If you think you have a story we'll love, click here to find out more and how to enter:

Find out more

The Buttonmaker's Daughter

by Merryn Allingham

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on The Buttonmaker's Daughter

This delightful family drama takes us back to a quiet, genteel Sussex in the summer of 1914.  But appearances are deceptive and there is darkness at the heart of this novel.  

 In the last peaceful summer before the First World War, trouble is rumbling within the tranquil, idyllic setting of Summerhayes in Sussex.  Head strong, independent Elizabeth is resisting the expected path of a young lady in her position and dreams of an independent life making her way as a professional artist.  Inspired by the suffragette movement she dares to dream that a more exciting future could be hers for the taking and yet she knows that her traditional family expect nothing more from her than to settle down, marry well and protect the future of the estate.  Elizabeth is not interested in marriage though, that is until she meets Aiden Kellerway a young architect’s assistant.  Their background couldn’t be more different and yet they think alike and soon an attraction begins to grow between then.  

Elizabeth begins to realise that life at Summerhayes is not quite as it appears as an unexpected enemy begins to try and destroy all that her father has built.  Can she help save her family and herself from the threat that will stop at nothing to take their home and heritage and will she ever have the freedom to be with the man she loves?  This is an engrossing drama that looks at the effect family ties can have in a time when the world was changing and moving towards an unknown, darker future.  A delightful piece of period escapism. ~ Shelley Fallows

Shelley Fallows

The Buttonmaker's Daughter Synopsis

May, 1914. Nestled in Sussex, the Summerhayes mansion seems the perfect country idyll. But with a long-running feud in the Summers family and tensions in Europe deepening, Summerhayes' peaceful days are numbered. For Elizabeth Summer, the lazy quiet of her home has become stifling. A chance meeting with Aiden Kellaway, an architect's assistant, offers the secret promise of escape. But to secure her family's future, Elizabeth must marry well. A man of trade falls far from her father's uncompromising standards. As the sweltering heat of 1914 builds to a storm, Elizabeth faces a choice between family loyalty and an uncertain future with the man she loves. One thing is definite: this summer will change everything.

Win Don't You Cry

Win Don't You Cry

Closing date: 11/10/2018

To celebrate the September release of Cass Green's "dynamic, powerfully expressive novel" Don't You Cry, we are giving away FIVE copies of the latest psychological thriller AND a 'Most Stressful Night of Your Life package' of luxury Hot Chocolate and a MINI Bottle of Whiskey!!! She saved your life. Now she'll make you pay - One stolen baby. Two desperate strangers. One night of terror. The competition closes on the 11th October 2018. The winner will be informed by the 17th October 2018. To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter and you must be 18 or over to enter this competition. Multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the conditions mentioned above and to adhere to the LoveReading Terms and Conditions. 

Enter Now

If you loved this, you might like these...

Roar
Trap
A Ration Book Christmas
The Lion Tamer Who Lost

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008193836
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008193836
Publication date: 12th January 2017
Author: Merryn Allingham
Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Merryn Allingham

Merryn Allingham was born into an army family and spent her childhood on the move. Unsurprisingly, it gave her itchy feet and in her twenties she escaped from an unloved secretarial career to work as cabin crew and see the world. The arrival of marriage, children and cats meant a more settled life in the south of England where she's lived ever since. It also gave her the opportunity to go back to 'school' and eventually teach at university. Merryn has always loved books that bring the past to life, so when she began writing herself the novels had to ...

More About Merryn Allingham

Share this book