Summer in Mayfair
By Susannah Constantine
Published by HQ Stories
What it’s about?
1979. Esme Munroe is now twenty-six years old and finally leaving the wild landscape of the Scottish highlands behind her for the big smoke.
Arriving in London, she starts work at prestigious Art Gallery in Mayfair, and meets the gorgeous and worldly Suki, who takes her to the most glamourous bars and clubs in London.
But the fast, frenetic pace of the city is easy to become lost in – will Esme unveil a long-hidden secret about herself and discover who she can really trust, before it’s too late?
What I think:
This is a great summer read.
It’s instantly engrossing and the characters come alive right from the beginning so you want to keep reading.
Esme has lived quite a sheltered life in the Scottish Highlands and at boarding schools. She heads to London to work in an Art Gallery. Unlike lots of young women in her social circle, she isn’t using this as an opportunity to go husband hunting among the wealthy, she actually has a passion for art having grown up surrounded by antiques.
Esme leaves Scotland with a hopelessly unsuitable wardrobe. Her Laura Ashley dresses are more suitable for tea with the vicar than socialising in London. She also bring a box that has been left to her by the Earl of Culcairn.
This a compelling and intriguing story full of scandals and secrets. Lots of atmospheric detail it’s a great read.
Thank you HQ Stories and Susannah Constantine for inviting me to be part of the publication day blogger takeover for Summer in Mayfair. If you Downton Abbey and The Crown you are going to love this.