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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ; First edition edition (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008193835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008193836
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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About the Author

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 be historical. She finds the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries fascinating eras to research and her first book, The Crystal Cage, had as its background the London of 1851. The Daisy’s War trilogy followed, set in India and London during the 1930s and 40s.

Her latest novels explore two pivotal moments in the history of Britain. The Buttonmaker’s Daughter is set in Sussex in the summer of 1914 as the First World War looms ever nearer and its sequel, The Secret of Summerhayes, forty years later in the summer of 1944 when D Day led to eventual victory in the Second World War. Along with the history, of course, there is plenty of mystery and romance to keep readers intrigued.
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The story centres around the Summers family on their ostensibly idyllic Sussex countryside estate, Summerhayes, in particular, Elizabeth Summers, the daughter of the house. A strong girl with her own ideas and needs, Elizabeth's life is claustrophobic and she struggles to fit in with the social conventions of the day and the wishes of her parents. The approach of World War I with all its dangers casts a cloud over Summerhayes, but there are dangers much closer to home. The story builds slowly but with the definite promise of drama to come. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the wonderful garden. A lovely book with a cast of memorable characters.
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This was the first book I read at the beginning of our holiday and it was a perfect choice. The style of writing is gentle and effortless, fitting seamlessly with the period depicted, while the plot develops with a compelling unwinding of mystery and evil doings that are upon you before you even realise they are happening. I am a great fan of Merryn Allingham’s books and always really enjoy how she brings her characters to life in such a warm and realistic way, giving a real flavour of life in those times. For anyone who likes their romance mixed with a healthy dose of mystery and extra depth, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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I love Merryn Allingham's style of writing and was totally absorbed in this, her latest novel. As always, her descriptive style verges on the lyrical, and together with many well drawn and memorable characters, this makes the book a delight. There is romance, suspense, and emotional depth. Highly recommended.
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A well written novel of romance and mystery with characters who come alive on the page. In particular I loved Elizabeth Summers feisty, determined spirit and the way she fought for the freedom to choose who and when she should marry, despite the opposition. Merryn Allingham has depicted the Edwardian era well and I would definitely recommend this as a good read.
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The characters in this story really lived for me. I was totally in their world and followed their story with great enjoyment. I was impressed with the author’s descriptive passages and saw all the places and characters very clearly. The storyline carried me along with good pacing and historical detail. An enjoyable and satisfying read.
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Merryn Allingham has written a page turning novel which is both an historical romance, and a mystery. Elizabeth Summer has to choose between independence or the path set down by her family. Her dilemma drew me in and I particularly enjoyed the author's presentation of the lives of Edwardian women of that class, and how Elizabeth chooses freedom. The historical background is well researched and as the mystery deepens Elizabeth is faced with the most difficult decision of her life.
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I do love a country house novel and Merryn Allingham comes up trumps with The Button Maker's Daughter. Merryn has created a compelling world, peopled with vivid characters who I really cared about. It was very satisfying to join her main characters as they struggle to create their own futures in a family and society that has fixed expectations - and she delivers a wonderfully satisfying and moving ending.
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Merryn Allingham is a new author for me to begin my 2017 reading although looking on Amazon it seems she has already written a trilogy based around the life of a young girl called Daisy. This book The ButtonmMaker's Daughter is based in Sussex during the hot summer of 1914 just before the outbreak of World War One. The Summer's family live on the estate, Summerhayes, that patriarch Joshua has spent many years building to his exact specifications in order to see his dreams for house and gardens become a reality. Now the gardens are finally nearing completion with the building of a lake with an accompanying Italian garden and temple which will compliment the already stunning gardens and vegetables patches and greenhouses. One would think this is a family ideal and life is perfect and all the residents live in peace and harmony. But that is not the case in any sense of the word.

Joshua is a character who had times can show his softer side and offer brief glimpses of compassion yet for the majority of the novel I viewed him as a distasteful character who was never happy with his lot and who had a fierce temper which left his family and those near him often frightened and bewildered. The sole focus of this book is not based on Joshua but rather on his family members and how they are coping with a season of unrest and change both on the wider world scale events and on a personal level. It seems there is someone out to seek revenge and air their malice and resentment at every given opportunity. The restful Summer and indeed life some family members may have desired will not come to pass.
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