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 harboring 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?
Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Historical fiction is not something I tend to read very often but I am sure glad I tried this one! This is the second book in the Pennington series however this was something I found out after I had finished this book, so it can definitely be read as a standalone.
We start off by meeting Ester, a rather feisty young lady who is devoted to the suffrage of women. Even though she has been disowned by her father, she is determined to carry on the work of her mother and is fighting for women’s rights and their right to vote. Then along comes Lawrence and although she tries to fight it their romance blossoms. What I really liked was that the book itself seemed to be very well researched which just added depth to the writing and storytelling. It did take me a little bit to really behind all the characters but after that, I was hooked! An awesome 4 star read.
Would I read again: No
Would I Recommend: Yes
Would I read another book from this author: Yes
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Author Bio – 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!