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Today’s review is of a book that is part of a series I have read and enjoyed very much, so you know I’m all up for Christmas novels in a series.
“Christmas At the Pennington’s“, written by Rachel Brimble, is the third novel in the Pennington’s Department Store series, and it was published on 19th September 2019.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Brimble for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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?
Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US
About the Author
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 Mistress of Pennington’s was 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 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 | BookBub
Is it to early for Christmas books? Honestly, I don’t care because I will read any Holiday type of novel anytime of the year. And having read the previous books in this series, I was so excited!
Although it can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend you to read the first two books because some characters appear in this one despite the fact that the main character is Cornelia, and by reading the previous novels you will have a better understanding of the background of the characters as well as the world and the context, time period and location where and when this story happens.
It’s a historical romance, and I loved the previous novels because of how the author talked about different issues and showed us how society was (and in a way, still is in some aspects). This novel kept things up, and here the author talks about divorce, domestic violence, and so much more. And every single one of those topics are still worth talking about in our present.
We follow Cornelia as she deals with her personal issues (divorce and being at the verge of loosing her children), and Stephen Gower the (handsome, okay, that’s how I imagine him) head of security at Pennington’s. And I loved them both and loved discovering more about them and see them win and be happy in the end.
Of course, as the title indicates, it happens during Christmas, and reading about the magic of Christmas in Pennington’s, I loved the images I had and the excitement I felt. Of course, the Christmas spirit isn’t just happiness, romance and lights, because this story bring us mystery and crime, which just adds to captivating element.
Overall, I loved this novel and I highly recommend this entire series. If you like Historical Romances with mystery this one is definitely for you.
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I liked the book too. Fantastic review ❤️ I think if I had read the first 2 books I would have loved it more.
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