A Rebel at Pennington’s written by Rachel Brimble, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and 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 so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rachel Brimble’s latest novel: A Rebel at Pennington’s.
This was so wonderful to return to the prestigious department store of Pennington’s in Bath. I would strongly recommend reading book 1 in the series, The Mistress of Pennington’s, as you can then get a feel for the era, the characters and the setting enabling you to fully enjoy A Rebel at Pennington’s.
Both our leading lady Esther and leading man Lawrence have emotional scars from their past and to open up these wounds and let someone else in would be a show of strength and trust and acceptance.
It’s 1911 and a political unrest is all around the country with the upcoming Women’s Vote, Esther is involved in the Cause in a small suffragists group. Esther is clearly talented with her creative flair with the window dressings at the department store and she has a strong belief in the Cause but when she meets Lawrence Culford her heart starts to beat a tune she hasn’t felt in a very long time.
Lawrence Culford is a single parent to two young children and is the proprietor of a reputable hotel in the city of Bath. Lawrence has been the recipient of many emotional scars in the past and has fought to take control of his life. When his past starts to pull him back he is afraid for his own emotional wellbeing and that also of his children. Meeting Esther has given Lawrence an insight into a future full of hope but he is afraid of his scars being ripped open revealing a side of him that he is not proud of.
Can Esther and Lawrence learn to trust in love and in their beliefs to bring forth a future full of love and hope?
I really enjoyed this second instalment in the Pennington’s Department store series, it was interesting to learn more about Esther and of the suffragists and their involvement in the Cause. This story was full of light and dark moments and the author interwoven a political event in history around the lives of people forging new lives.
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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