Written by Rachel Brimble
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?
Beautifully Written, Sparkling Story!
The first book in this series, The Mistress of Pennington’s, was a superb read and when I noticed that the sequel was being published I was desperate to add it to my list. You can read my review of the first one HERE.
In this second novel, we get to know the head window-dresser of the department store. Esther Stanbury is not only committed to her job, but is also a member of the suffragist movement; aiming to achieve the vote for women through peaceful means and promote equality for all. When she meets Lawrence Culford, they each make assumptions about the other, and as they meet again it becomes apparent that they have much in common with both hiding their past. But is that enough?
It’s fair to say that I really enjoyed the first novel; I expected this one to equal it but it far surpasses it (both are stand-alone reads). The story sparkles and is full of interesting historical tidbits. Covering the lives of both the wealthy, the working class and – inevitably – touching on the plight of the poor, this book gives a real insight into life in the capital in 1911 as well as indulging the reader in a most wonderful dance of romance. Beautifully written, this is an enthralling tale and I most definitely hope there is more to come in this series. Such a fabulous read deserves no less than a full house of fat, glowing stars!
My thanks to publishers Aria for my copy via NetGalley, and to Victoria Joss for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical romance
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 436 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 5 February 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
Meet the Author
Rachel Brimble lives in Wiltshire with her husband of twenty years, two teenage daughters and her beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler. Multi-published in the US, she is thrilled to have a new beginning writing for Aria in the UK. When Rachel isn’t writing, she enjoys reading across the genres, knitting and walking the English countryside with her family … often stopping off at a country pub for lunch and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.