Thursday, February 7, 2019

A Rebel at Pennington's by Rachel Brimble

One woman's journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridgeand The Paradise.

1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington's Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women's progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.
When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life's challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists' determination to secure the vote.
Will Esther's rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

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I am loving this fictional, historic series set at a time of world change.  Women are struggling to be accepted and fighting for their rights.  This is a story about family relationships as well as a love story.
Esther Stanbury has left her father's domineering home after he remarries and brings in an unacceptable stepmother. She moves in with an aunt, who does not share her beliefs of women's equality, and works for the magnificent department store, Pennington's.
It is there she comes across Lawrence Culford.  Neither knows what to make of the emotions that arise when their paths cross. Fortunately they both are in favor of women having more rights and freedoms.
They do not always agree on how to fight for those rights.

As a reader, you feel right there on the street with the characters. You are pulling for them, want to hug them, and at times want to shake them.  The tensions help the story keep moving at a steady pace.
You can read this as a stand alone, but I know you will also enjoy the previous book in this wonderful series.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for such a lovely review - I'm thrilled you're enjoying the series :)


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