Three ebooks

Published: Lighting Books (November 2018)

ISBN: 9781785630972, 9781785630958, 9781785630996

The Summerstoke Trilogy

Caroline Kington

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‘Fascinating, funny and moving’

Stephanie Cole

A Summerstoke Affair

A tale of passion, power and dirty parsnips

In the West Country village of Summerstoke, as autumn beckons, the fireworks party is not the only thing set to go with a bang.

‘An MP and a muck-raking local paper editor are on a collision course in this light and humorous look at village life’ The Herald


A Tangled Summer

A tale of barley, blackberries and some very bad behaviour

In the West Country village of Summerstoke, the family at Marsh Farm are too preoccupied with living their lives to notice the farm sliding into ruin. In Summerstoke House, unscrupulous Hugh and Veronica Lester watch with undisguised pleasure. And at Summerstoke Manor, the three elderly Miss Merfields and their ancient nanny have nothing better to do than pull strings.

‘A wonderful, witty read’ Woman’s Weekly


Spring Mischief

A tale of stargazing, skulduggery and stagestruck saddlebacks

The final part in the trilogy follows the fortunes of the Tucker family as they struggle to make ends meet in an increasingly challenging world. To complicate matters, a TV crew has arrived in Summerstoke to film a romantic comedy series. The stage is set for all kinds of mayhem and machinations, as the Aga saga meets A Midsummer Night's Dream.

‘Fascinating and funny and moving’ Stephanie Cole






‘I have read the Summerstoke books with great pleasure. They are fascinating, funny and moving tales of a village. Having grown up in a village, and now living again in one, I can vouch for it being a glorious trilogy based firmly in reality. I recommend them heartily – they have given me hours of hugely enjoyable reading’

Stephanie Cole


A Summerstoke Affair

‘Caroline Kington has a rare ability to create a multiplicity of story lines that somehow mesh together into a fabulously satisfying finale’

Bath Chronicle

‘An MP and a muck-raking local paper editor are on a collision course in this light and humorous look at village life’

The Herald

‘Warmth and passion, a wild teenager and a rogue, plus a bunch of social climbers make it a‘just right’ recipe for winter saga readers’

Warwickshire Telegraph

‘A tale of passion, power and intrigue’

Somerset Life

A Tangled Summer

‘A warm, funny, intriguing book full of the feel-good factor and beautifully observed characters’

The Lady

‘This first in a series about Summerstoke is a perfect holiday read’

Good Book Guide

‘…a perfect book to curl up with on a long winter’s evening – in fact on any season’s evening. Sparkling with life and wit, Kington tells a cracking story and creates characters that spring into life immediately, and stay in the memory long after the last page has been turned’


‘A wonderful, witty read’

Woman’s Weekly

‘There’s sex, booze and even some rock ’n’ roll – plus a cunning twist or two – in an entertaining, if melodramatic, plot’

Farmer’s Weekly

‘What a bumper dish this is!...An ideal read for dark nights and warm fires – one you won’t want to put down’

Coventry Telegraph

‘A warm and engaging debut novel that follows the twist and turns of life in the fictitious West Country village’

Choice (Time In)

‘This book has a real feel-good factor’




Caroline Kington

Caroline Kington spent most of her working life in theatre and television, as a director, producer and founder of the fringe theatre company Antidote Theatre.

Since the death of her husband Miles Kington, the columnist and broadcaster, she has posthumously published three of his books: a humorous memoir of his illness, called How Shall I Tell the Dog?; a collection of his columns and other writings, The Best By Miles; and a collection of his celebrated ‘Franglais’ columns that had not appeared in book form before, Le Bumper Book of Franglais.

In her own right, she is the author of the Summerstoke trilogy of rural comedies. She insists that no character in the series is based on anybody from the small village near Bath where she has lived for many years. Nobody believes her.

Her novel A Long Shadow had its origins in a feature she made for Channel 4 News at the turn of this century about the pressures on farmers as a result of BSE and foot-and-mouth disease.

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