Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray @MsLornaGray @OneMoreChapter_ #30DaysofBookBlogs #bookreview #HistFic

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Mrs P’s Book of Secrets (UK)/The Book Ghost (US) written by Lorna Gray, publisher One More Chapter (an imprint of Harper Collins) is available NOW in ebook format (the paperback is due out in March 2020).

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Book-Secrets-Lorna-Gray-ebook/dp/B07SD9X1M6/

US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VQY6HJ5

Book Blurb

The Cotswolds, Christmastime 1946
A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home to her ageing aunt and uncle. For Lucy – known as Mrs P – and the people who raised her, the books that line the walls of the family publishing business bring comfort and the promise of new beginnings.
But the kind and reserved new editor at the Kershaw and Kathay Book Press is a former prisoner of war, and he has his own shadows to bear. And when the old secrets of a little girl’s abandonment are uncovered within the pages of Robert Underhills’s latest project, Lucy must work quickly if she is to understand the truth behind his frequent trips away.
For a ghost dwells in the record of an orphan girl’s last days. And even as Lucy dares to risk her heart, the grief of her own past seems to be whispering a warning of fresh loss…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the #30DaysofBookBlogs run by author Lorna Gray and if you check out Lorna’s social media feed you will find out all sorts of wonderful information about 30 book bloggers.  I have the pleasure of sharing my review of Lorna’s latest novel: Mrs P’s Book of Secrets.  This is my first introduction to the work of Lorna Gray and I am thrilled to have found a new historical fiction author to add to my favourites list.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is a story that you have to let it build like a perfect pot of loose-leaf tea were the leaves have to steep for a certain time, just like this book and it’s words that are ‘steeping’ to reach it’s peak leaving you with a satisfied glow.  Please be patient with the words…

Lorna Gray has created a very atmospheric novel that is fitting to the characters and era, I could feel a sense of time and place and understood for the characters that life needed at this time to take on a more gentler rhythm.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is a gentle, poignant love story that I felt held a few stories within it.  I loved the steady building relationship of trust between Lucy and Robert and for them personally it was just at the right pace. They’ve both suffered with the aftermath of the war so a windswept romance wouldn’t have worked. I liked the sound of Robert he seemed very dark and mysterious at first but once he opened up your heart expands with love for him.

Lucy works for her uncle at his book publishing business and Robert has recently come to work as a new editor.  I found it quite fascinating this side of the story to learn about the machinations behind book publishing back in the 1940’s and I never even thought that rations would come into play.  To read about how an idea for a book, with the author approaching a publisher, for it then to become a reality with the type setting of the words in the print room for a book lover sounded enchanting.  I appreciated the research that the author has undertaken giving the readers a step back in time into the world of publishing.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets held a certain chilling mystery around it taking you on a journey of self-discovery and starting anew following much sadness and the feeling of being lost within a world trying to forge on following the World War.  It’s a love story, a historical mystery novel and a story of new beginnings. All I’m saying is that the ending reaching out and grabbed me and I did feel a satisfied glow, just like a perfect cup of tea.

About the Author

Author Lorna GrayLorna Gray was born in 1980 in Bedfordshire. Her relationship with the glorious countryside of the Cotswolds began many years ago when she first moved to Cirencester. She has been exploring the area through her love of history, adventure and romance ever since.
This is Lorna’s fourth post-WWII mystery. Her three previous novels are In the Shadow of Winter (2015), The War Widow (2018) and The Antique Dealer’s Daughter (2018). She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband.

Website: http://mslornagray.co.uk/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MsLornaGray/

Twitter: @MsLornaGray
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After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks by Nancy Jardine @nansjar @rararesources #blogtour #guestpost #HistoricalFiction

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After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks written by Nancy Jardine, publisher Ocelot Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

AD 73 Northern Roman Britain

Brennus of Garrigill—Bran—monitors Roman activity across Brigantia. Stability prevails till AD 78 when Agricola, Governor of Britannia, orders complete conquest of all barbarians. Brennus heads north, seeking the Caledon who will lead the northern tribes against Rome.

Ineda treks northwards with her master, Tribune Valerius – supplies officer for Agricola’s Britannia campaigns. At Pinnata Castra, she escapes and seeks fellow Brigantes congregating for battle in the north.

The Legions of the Roman Empire and the Caledon allies clash at Beinn na Ciche in AD 84, but where are Brennus and Ineda?

The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…

 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Book 3 in the Celtic Fervour Saga series by Nancy Jardine.  I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author, Nancy Jardine.

Killing Off Characters
In my Celtic Fervour Saga Series there are some characters that I knew just had to be bumped off at some point. It wasn’t because I hated the characters that I’d created, it was more that to have a particular desired ending to the whole book at least a couple of them just had to be zapped. Did I find it a happy experience? Absolutely not, because every character I’ve created has been memorable in their own unique way.
In #3 After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks the stories of Brennus of Garrigill and Ineda of Marske continue on from Book 2. We begin Book 3 with Brennus moving on with his life though never quite able to forget Ineda who has vanished as though into thin air after the two of them were attacked by an Ancient Roman patrol. Ineda has meanwhile been enslaved by Roman Tribune Gaius Livanus Valerius and used as a personal slave, which includes her becoming his long-term unofficial concubine and the mother of his children during the decade after her capture.
I could have had Brennus existing happily enough on his own for a decade but when I tried to imagine what it might have been like some 2000 years ago – at a time of deadly turmoil – it seemed more realistic to have him enter a new hearth-relationship, even if it wasn’t based on deep love. Many Brigante warriors had died in the battles between the native Britons and the Ancient Roman Legions leading up to A.D. 74, the point where Book 3 begins, leaving lovers like Lleia totally bereft. Bringing two lonely souls together in such circumstances seemed do-able, even highly practical for day-to-day living way back then. Brennus and Lleia aren’t strangers so they both enter into a relationship based on trust and deep friendship, even though no sparks fly! The abiding love they do share is for their little daughter Kaideigh.
However, to resolve the unrequited true love situation between Brennus and Ineda by the time of the huge battle at Beinn na Ciche in A.D. 84, between the amassed Caledonians and their allies, I had some heartbreak to attend to. Readers of After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks will find that Lleia falls prey to a condition that would have been all too common for women. The writing of this part of the book made me quite tearful because Lleia is a shadowy, slightly lost but genuinely lovely character. Though, in all honesty, when Tribune Gaius meets his own timely misfortune, I found it incredibly difficult to write this part. I had invested a lot into the creation of this character who has many facets that are so easy to dislike, yet I had also given him other very laudable traits that make him a complex man, and perhaps in a contrary way ‘somewhat’ likeable. The reader of the series will be able to decide what they think of Tribune Livanus.
Is it easy for Brennus and Ineda to come together again after all that’s happened around them? I’d love my readers to tell me what they think! And I’m afraid only a reader of Book 3, will find out who else doesn’t survive the horrendous battle at Beinn na Ciche against the Ancient Roman armies of General Agricola. To have all of my extended Garrigill warrior clan survive would have been totally unrealistic and creating a believable setting is an ultimate aim that many readers tell me they appreciate very much in the series.
Wishing you happy reading!

About the Author

After Whorl Nancy Jardine 1000 x 1000Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)

A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

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**COVER REVEAL** – People Like Us by Louise Fein @FeinLouise @HoZ_Books #bookcoverreveal #histfic #PeopleLikeUs #debutnovel

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I am so pleased to be involved in the ‘Cover Reveal’ for a highly anticipated debut historical novel by Louise Fein.  There’s a huge buzz in the publishing offices of Head of Zeus as People Like Us is one of their lead titles for next year.  Here is a little more details about this novel:

Title:  People Like Us

Author:  Louise Fein

Publisher:  Head of Zeus

Release Date:  7th May 2020 in eBook and Hardcover; 3rd September 2020 in paperback

To pre-order links:

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Book Blurb

Leipzig, 1930’s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a young girl growing up under Nazi rule. With an SS officer father, a brother in the Luftwaffe and a member of the BDM, Hetty is the epitome of a perfect German child.

But Walter changes everything. Blond haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

As she falls more and more in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, Hetty begins to question everything. Will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Book Thief and Kate Furnivall.

About the Author

Louise Fein holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University. Prior to studying for her master’s, she ran a commodity consultancy business following a career in banking and law. She lives in Surrey with her family. People Like Us is inspired by her family history, and by the alarming parallels she sees between the early 30s and today.

Follow Louise:

Facebook: @LouiseFeinAuthor

Twitter: @FeinLouise

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Website: www.headofzeus.com

Twitter: @HoZ_Books

Facebook: @headofzeus

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And here is the cover …

People Like Us

The Raided Heart by Jennifer C Wilson @inkjunkie1984 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #histfic #HistoricalRomance #TheRaidedHeart

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The Raided Heart written and self-published by Jennifer C Wilson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raided-Heart-Romantic-Adventure-Historic-ebook/dp/B07WN3R8D7
US – http://www.amazon.com/Raided-Heart-Romantic-Adventure-Historic-ebook/dp/B07WN3R8D7

Book Blurb
Meg Mathers, the headstrong youngest sibling of a reiving family on the English-Scottish border, is determined to remain at her childhood home, caring for the land and village she’s grown up with. When an accident brings her a broken ankle and six weeks in the resentful company of ambitious and angry young reiver Will Hetherington, attraction starts to build. Both begin to realise they might have met their match, and the love of their lives, but 15th century border living is not that simple, as Meg soon finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of a tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray. When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back to each other, and can Will finally take his own personal revenge on Gray?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of a new series by historical fiction author Jennifer C Wilson.  The Raided Heart (A Border Reiver Romantic Adventure) is Book One in the Historic Hearts series.

The Raided Heart is set in the 15th century in the rural parts of northern England close to the Scottish border.  It’s the story of a young woman, Meg, who is highly respected by the villagers and her family but when she is betrothed to someone from an opposing reiver clan her life is no longer her own and what her heart desires can no longer be won.  This is so unfair to Meg but she feels she has no other option to comply to keep the peace and protect her family and village.

Will is a young reiver who following a tragedy in his past has been accepted into the village and Meg’s family.  He’s become a reliable border reiver.  Border reivers were a band of men that protected their land and villagers from cattle rustling, arson and physical attacks amongst the villagers.  They were a band of men that ruled the land whether through legal means or not and many villagers paid for protection from rival clans.

Will had encountered the ruthless and merciless hands of a vicious leader of a rival reiver clan years ago and has never forgotten the devastation he acrued and has vowed a vengeance with this man.  However, when this man becomes a possible threat to his blossoming friendship with Meg, Will finds it difficult to contain his emotions.

A historical romance that’s filled with drama, danger and dalliances of the heart.

I’m looking forward to more from Jennifer C Wilson and the Historical Hearts series.

About the Author

Jennifer C. Wilson is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history and historical fiction whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots on childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east of England for work reignited her pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and has been working on a number of projects since, including co-hosting the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and her time-slip novella, The Last Plantagenet?, by Ocelot Press. She lives in North Tyneside, and is very proud of her approximately 2-inch sea view.

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The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior by Robert Newcome @NewcomeRobert @UnicornPubGroup @Bookollective #HistFic #Remembrance #UnknownWarrior

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The Name Beneath The Stone written by Robert Newcome, publisher Universe (Unicorn Publishing Group), is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/32OAmCR

Book Blurb

Three generations, one family, connected by an historic secret. 1917 Private Daniel Dawkins fights at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele. He writes home to his true-love Joyce, but reveals little of his extreme bravery, his kindness, his loyalty to his comrades and the horrors they experience on the Western Front. 1920 Captain Peter Harding is tasked with a secret mission to assist in the selection of a body dug up from the battlefields of Flanders to be buried in Westminster Abbey as the ‘Unknown Warrior’. Events take place on that expedition that come to haunt him for the rest of his life. 2011 Sarah Harding discovers Daniel s letters and Peter s diaries. Together with historian James Marchant she pieces together the hidden truth behind the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and must decide what to do with it. Values are challenged and characters are tested in this gripping novel which asks what if the identity of the Unknown Soldier was discovered – and should that secret ever be revealed?

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I feel honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Robert Newcome’s debut novel: The Name Beneath The Stone.

The Name Beneath The Stone is a remarkable story that’s insightful, thought provoking, poignant filled with raw, authentic images and scenes.  I was completely enthralled by the story and the book is very current with many countries taking time to remember and never forget the fallen heroes from all hostilities with Remembrance Day on the 11th November.

Robert Newcome has taken hold of a fact from 1916 and a pivotal moment in the world’s history of wartime remembrance and he has cleverly woven this fact with fiction.  He has created a brilliant historical time-slip novel that spans almost a hundred years.  I have found often that I’ve been ignited by history through fictional novels based around certain historical events and I would highly recommend picking up a historical fictional novel to gain a thirst for history.

This is the story of three lives: it’s 1917 and we have Private Daniel Dawkins fighting at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele.  In 1920 Captain Peter Harding was issued with a top secret mission to dig up the body of an unknown warrior to be brought back to London to be buried in Westminster Abbey.  In 2011 Sarah Harding, the granddaughter to Peter Harding, discovers personal letters and diaries dating back to WWI.  These three individuals hold a link to each other and Sarah with the help of a historian delve deeper in uncovering what becomes an astonishing chain of events that was equally riveting and so very poignant.

Private Daniel Dawkins was confident in his role as a soldier he was brave, he supported his colleagues and had a knack of understanding wartime strategies.  Daniel had had a very difficult upbringing so being in the thick of things in the war fields felt almost calm like compared to his past.  Daniel had a sweetheart back home in the UK and when his relationship became more serious his feelings towards the intensity of the warzone changed and he held a different perspective for the future.

A few years after the war had ended and peace was declared Captain Peter Harding was sworn to secrecy with a mission that felt overwhelming for any man.  However, this was only the start for Peter for what was to become a lifelong struggle with something that would play on Peter’s mind since the eventful day back in 1920.

When Sarah Harding discovers the wartime notes dating back to WWI and tries to ask her ailing father the significance of them she is left with more questions than answers.  What follows is a mystery of her own heritage and how it may hold a vital role in the commemorative stone of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.

I was totally transfixed by this fictional story based on a remarkable event in history.  The author, Robert Newcome, did not spare us any details and we witness the raw reality of war.  The story was gripping, authentic and absorbing and the ending left me with shivers of emotion and with a whole heap of desire to know more.

About the Author

the name beneath the stone robert newcomeAfter five years serving as an officer in The Light Infantry, Robert studied Political Philosophy at Exeter University. Following this he had various management positions in the John Lewis Partnership, finally running management training. He then spent a number of years working for management consultants before setting up his own business with a colleague in 2007. Throughout this period he was writing articles, short stories and novels in his spare time.

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The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #historicalsaga #RegencyRomance #HistFict

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The Rector’s Daughter written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and audio CD format.

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rectors-Daughter-stunning-sweeping-sense-ebook/dp/B07RZVTKNZ/
US – http://www.amazon.com/Rectors-Daughter-stunning-sweeping-sense-ebook/dp/B07RZVTKNZ/

Book Blurb
Charlotte, daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton, has been content to follow the path laid out for her. Charlotte has an understanding with Captain Nicolas Paget – every inch the gentleman – who she expects someday to marry. But then she meets Josiah Martyn, and everything changes…
A driven and ambitious Cornish mining engineer, and the complete opposite to Captain Nicholas, Josiah has come to London to help build the first tunnel under the river Thames. When unpredictable events occur at the inauguration of the project, Josiah and Charlotte are suddenly thrown into an unexpected intimacy.
But not everyone is happy with Charlotte and Josiah growing closer. As friends turn to foes, will they be able to rewrite the stars and find their happy ever after, although all odds seem to be stacked against them…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: The Rector’s Daughter.

I can honestly say I was totally enthralled with this story.  Set in 1825 when London was in high anticipation for the commencement of an engineering feat by Brunel on building the first tunnel under the River Thames.  A tunnel that was an ambitious goal and one that would cost in both monetary value and humankind.  Author, Jean Fullerton, puts you at the heart of the beginning of this highly anticipated event in engineering history and also the history of transport in and around the city of London.  Driving through the tunnels today I have never thought about what the workforce went through back in Regency England when the first tunnel was originally built but Jean Fullerton’s words in The Rector’s Daughter gives you a glimpse into a time gone-by and to a new beginning for many.

This is the story of Charlotte Hatton, the daughter of the local Reverend.  Charlotte is committed to her work as the Rector’s daughter and is very efficient in her parish duties helping the needy and also taking stock of the parish accounts.  On 2nd March 1825, the official ceremony of the commencement of the tunnel works is taking place and all villagers and VIP’s have been invited to attend.  Charlotte is due to attend but a mishap at the ceremony puts her in danger and also under the spotlight of the Assistant Engineer, a Cornish man in the name of Josiah Martyn.  There is an instant attraction between the Rector’s daughter and the Assistant Engineer and during the next few weeks Charlotte and Josiah keep bumping into each other and a friendship develops.  However, another suitor has eyes for Charlotte and he is none too pleased with this blossoming friendship.

With the tunnelling works in operation the villagers are coping with an influx of workmen and plenty of dignitary visiting the site.  New friendships are blossoming but not everything goes to plan for all concerned.

With new exciting constructions comes danger and Jean Fullerton has included plenty of drama in this storyline leaving you on edge and gripped with concerns for the outcome.  My heart was pulled in all directions and I was left on tenterhooks many a time with this thrilling story.  A story that was full of historical events, family saga, dramatic scenes and a romance to leave you wanting more.  I loved every page of this story, thank you so much to the author for introducing me to an event in history I knew nothing about.

About the Author

Jean Fullerton is the author of thirteen novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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Christmas at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #HistoricalFiction

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Christmas at Pennington’s written by Rachel Brimble, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Purchase Links
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-at-Penningtons-Rachel-Brimble-ebook/dp/B07RC9R3JK
US – http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-at-Penningtons-Rachel-Brimble-ebook/dp/B07RC9R3JK

Book Blurb

Gripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.

Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Book Three in The Pennington’s series: Christmas at Pennington’s.

The Pennington’s series is fast becoming one of my all time favourites; it has everything and more in a story. We have strong female lead characters, troubled pasts, struggles for independence, family drama, glitz and glamour of the early 1900’s, political uprising, danger, mystery and above all else romance.

Christmas at Pennington’s is Book 3 in the series and although each story can be read as a standalone the characters lives do follow on in their journeys in each story and it’s wonderful to read this progression so I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order.

Two people who have recently suffered a loss are left guilty with the repercussions from this. When fate plays it’s hand at putting these two people together can the strength from one give confidence to the other?

Cornelia Culford has left the family home with her two young boys and is seeking solace with her brother Lawrence and his wife Esther following the break-up of her marriage. Cornelia is concerned about the divorce court hearing and is afraid the judge will rule in her ex-husband’s favour. Cornelia has enjoyed the growing confidence and independence of earning her own keep whilst she’s been living in Bath but her mind is unsettled as to whether she can continue this as well as be the sole carer for her children.

Stephen Gower is a sergeant at Scotland Yard and is temporary taking time out from a very challenging, emotionally charged case. He’s decided to take a job at Pennington’s in Bath. With Stephen’s job he’s found it best to keep himself to himself but when Cornelia decides to befriend him he’s taken out of his comfort zone. Also thinking he will have an easy time working and living in Bath he’s faced with helping his new employer Joseph Carter in finding the culprit for his late wife’s murder. Memories from his life in London are forced back to the top of his mind and he has no option but to face them.

The author Rachel Brimble has created another great instalment in the Pennington’s series you will be kept on edge in a race to end years of mental torment for a murder cold case. We are also introduced to new characters which blend beautifully with the ensemble of ladies and gentleman of Bath we’ve learned to love from the previous stories. A story that is intense and dramatic at times but also hasn’t missed out any of the romantic charm.

About the Author 

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. 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 Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/

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