Happy Monday! Is it a happy Monday for everyone? I hope you had a great start of the week so far. For those that are still on vacation, keep enjoying your time. For those that are back to work, keep fighting and if you like your job keep enjoying it.
Today I bring you another historical fiction, in the subgenre of Edwardian romance, it’s called “The Mistress of Pennington’s“, written by Rachel Brimble.
Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Brimble for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.
1910 – A compelling tale of female empowerment in Bath’s leading department store. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath’s premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute a man will succeed him.
Determined to break from her father’s iron-clad hold and prove she is worthy of inheriting the store, Elizabeth forms an unlikely alliance with ambitious and charismatic master glove-maker Joseph Carter. United they forge forward to bring Pennington’s into a new decade, embracing woman’s equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.
Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington’s plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?
Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage 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 brand 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.
Social Media Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Street Team – Rachel’s Readers | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads
As a Historical Romance lover, I haven’t read many books that are set in the era this book is set, the Edwardian era. Maybe this is the first book I read, it is the first book of Rachel Brimble that I have read and it was such a refreshing book for me in the Historical fiction genre.
During a time when the world was moving forward and women were finding their voices and fighting for their right… Elizabeth Pennington want to take the family business into that new era, into the future, but to do that she has to convince her father, Edward, that even though she is a woman, that doesn’t mean she isn’t capable to do the job of running the business.
That aspect of the story was so empowering. I loved that her passion, her believes and her determination is so strong in the book, because it makes her one of those characters that is highly needed in the literature world. For me, it’s never to much to have many strong, opinionated and empowering women characters. I admire women like that and reading about it in this setting and era it’s amazing.
We have the strong and fiery Elizabeth and then were is Joseph Carter, the glove maker. He and Elizabeth have similar goals in therms of taking their family business. He’s a hard-working and proud about his family and roots and he’s smart and charismatic which was awesome to read about, especially the moments between Elizabeth and Joseph. If those fun moments between them don’t makes you love both characters, then Joseph’s past will break your heart and you will feel a connection with him too.
I really did enjoy this book. I loved how the descriptions gave life to the story, the plot was fantastic and it make us root for Elizabeth’s and Joseph’s success, and the flow of the storyline made everything have a good balance and grab our attention. And not only do you want them to win and accomplish their goals, you want their happiness and for them to be together in the end.
I was quite impress with how the book made me feel. I was surprised by the descriptions and the fact that the book really did transport me to this place in time and space. Although when I started getting to know the characters more, I felt the connection and I wanted to be a part of their lives, to be a friend of them, to help them out in their quest.
As a young woman, Elizabeth is an inspiration, and it means a lot to see a character like this in a book. And I recommend the book to everyone, even if you don’t particularly enjoy historical fiction, you should read the book and enjoy a book full of characteristics that make it important: inspiration, empowerment, determination, fighting for our goal, love and family.
To win £20 / $20 Amazon Gift Card Click Here
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.
Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.
If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.
I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.
One thought on ““The Mistress of Pennington’s” Review”