Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour A Rebel at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble. It blends romance with historical facts to create a powerful read.
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About the Author
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!
About the book
One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridgeand 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?
Esther is a character driven by her passion for equality. It surpasses nearly everything else in her life. Her involvement has caused an estrangement and disagreements within her family, and threatens to ruin her budding career at Pennington’s. All of those reasons are still not enough to persuade Esther to change her position on achieving a world where both women and men have the legal right to vote.
She is part of a suffragette movement, who believe in peaceful protests and making their point without resorting to hurting anyone else in the process, and yet it feels as if she isn’t doing enough to promote the vote for women. She is thinking about joining the Cause, the more militant part of the suffragette movement.
This is where things get interesting, because what Brimble really wants to explore in this story is whether it is always a valid option to use excessive force to push your agenda. Militants is a word usually reserved for what are essentially domestic terrorists nowadays. Is any cause important enough to warrant hurting the innocent and those who aren’t involved in the agenda? Or is the exact opposite true? Does the importance of the cause sometimes warrant extreme actions?
Brimble uses her comfortable Edwardian series to approach difficult cultural, political and socio-economic topics. She blends romance with historical facts to create a powerful read.
A story, which will hopefully generate discussion about supporting what is morally right and standing up for ourselves. Perhaps put more emphasis on how lucky we are that women of every persuasion and status were willing to stand up, be tortured, and be counted, so that the women of today can cast a vote without even thinking twice about it.
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