Delighted to be on the tour for this wonderful historical fiction, A Rebel at Pennington’s!
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?
I really enjoyed this! I’ve not read a lot of historical fiction but if it’s like this, I’ll definitely be reading a lot more since I’m a huge fan of history! I found this book really well written and it completely transported me back to 1911! Brimble has done a fantastic job and must have put a lot of time and research into understanding the era and the Suffrage movement. It was intriguing to read about this and the upcoming excitement of the coronation of the new King!
I absolutely loved the protagonist – an extremely strong and opinionated woman who fights for what she believes in. Although from an advantaged background, she has her own issues (as we all do!) and an awful father who has brushed her aside due to her beliefs. I felt for her all the way through and sometimes just wanted to give her a massive hug!
She meets Lawrence Culford, a self-made wealthy business man, also a widow with two young children. He believes in her cause and we get to see a relationship building between them….but will it work out? Will they be able to get over their own issues?
This is the second in a series, and I haven’t read the first so this can definitely be read as a stand alone but I’ll be checking out the first book for sure! This is highly recommended by me if you love historical fiction (and if you haven’t read any but have an interest in history…check it out!) I can’t wait to read more from this author.
about the author….
Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.
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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