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