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A Rebel At Pennington’s
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?
What a fascinating insight into life in 1911 Britain this historical romance proved to be! It is a story of divided families, aspirations, caring and romance set in a time when the suffrage movement tried to resist the temptations to join the more militant suffragettes, when women had little say in the world but were striving to make their voices heard. The main characters both are estranged from their parents for different reasons and have had to make their own way in the world. The heroine is Esther Stanbury who works at Pennington’s after being sent to live with her Aunt after her father and stepmother objected to her work for the Cause of suffrage. The hero is widower Laurence Culford, a father of two, who owns a prestigious hotel . . . .
This is a story of learning to trust, sharing what happened and moving forward to leave the past behind you. It has adorable children, family schisms, and a couple who definitely want to fight their attraction to each other – to start with, anyway! It is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you enjoy historical romance which uses real events to bring the story to life I think you’ll also find this a brilliant, entertaining read.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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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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