Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Mistress of Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble. It’s a story about a woman who wants to be acknowledged and taken seriously by the men in her life. To make her father understand her gender isn’t an obstacle when it comes to business sense. Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the bottom of the post to win a £20 / $20 Amazon Gift Card (Open Internationally).
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 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.
Connect with @RachelBrimble @Aria_Fiction on Twitter, and with Rachel Brimble on Facebook Rachel’s Readers Group on Facebook Visit rachelbrimble.com and rachelbrimble.blogspot.com
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About the book
1910 – A compelling tale of female empowerment in Bath’s leading department store. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath’s premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute a man will succeed him.
Determined to break from her father’s iron-clad hold and prove she is worthy of inheriting the store, Elizabeth forms an unlikely alliance with ambitious and charismatic master glove-maker Joseph Carter. United they forge forward to bring Pennington’s into a new decade, embracing woman’s equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.
Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington’s plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?Review
In an era where women are striding towards their own empowerment and to have their voices heard, which includes the vote and the suffragette movement, the main character is fighting for her own independence. Elizabeth is the only child of Edward Pennington, the owner of a large successful department store. A concept of shopping, which ended up connected the worlds of all social classes, genders and all kinds of products. It changed the face of sales and the retail industry.
It’s a world Elizabeth loves to inhabit and hopes to one day control as the sole heir of her father’s fortune. Just one minor problem, her father believes women are incapable of doing business or taking care of themselves. They all need a capable man in their lives to make all the important decisions for them. Women should be at home, taking care of the household and supervising their children.
This creates a lot of animosity between Elizabeth and her father, who is only interested in marrying her off and keeping her quiet.
In the 21st century we are still fighting for equality, but we should take a moment to remember all the women who fought, struggled and died to ensure we got the rights we deserve. That our daughters, and granddaughters can keep on establishing themselves, working in any industry and being equal members of society.
Brimble’s main character is strong and intelligent. She is passionate about advancing her future and that of others, by recognising hard-work and original ideas. The premise is very much about the struggle she has with her father and not wanting to be controlled by any man.
The author gives the reader an excellent sense of the ambience and the charm of the department store, where every detail can mean a sale or no sale at all. The exclusivity and magic of seeing all these products in one place at the same time. It’s a tale of struggle, controversy, love and determination mixed with the magic of progression and development.
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Publisher: Aria (ariafiction.com)
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