The Ladies of Carson Street by Rachel Brimble #Spotlight #AWidow’sVow #TroublefortheLeadingLady #Aria

I’m delighted to welcome Rachel Brimble to my blog today, throwing the spotlight on her latest series

When the idea for my latest trilogy came to me after reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, I had debilitating reservations about going ahead with it. After all, how many historical romance fans will be drawn to a trio of books about three prostitutes living and working together in the backstreets of Victorian Bath?

Yet as time went on the female character who would become the heroine of the first book, Louisa Hill, began to shout louder and louder that I needed to tell her story. That the circumstances of how she found herself in the position she is in needed to be shared and understood. So, I surrendered and put my fingers to the keyboard…

A Widow’s Vow secures the women’s friendship and sets the tone for the trilogy which – although dark in places – is really about resilience, self-belief, hope and, of course, everlasting love.
As an author of romantic fiction, I believe everyone deserves their happy ever after and it is that belief that drives me to write about the poorer people in society. These are people who struggle in every way, not just in love. Having the opportunity to write stories of triumph over adversity and loneliness to love gives me (and I hope my readers!) immense joy.

The second book in the series, Trouble For The Leading Lady is Nancy Bloom’s story and follows her through the backstreet taverns of Bath to the workhouse to the Theatre Royal. As a good-time, sensitive and funny woman, Nancy is one of my favourite heroines ever and her story was an emotional journey for me from beginning to end, but it seems my readers completely understand why this story had to be written…

The third and final part of the trilogy is Octavia’s story and I hope it will be released in the Autumn – so why not get started on my latest Victorian series today? I’d love to know what you think of Louisa and Nancy!

From grieving widow…

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

Bath, 1852.

As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.

His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.

Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.

Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?

The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.

Author Details

Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 25 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street series, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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