As far as Historical novels go, this cover is not one of the most wowing. No big, fancy dresses, no hot guy… But look at the scorn, at the temper in the girl’s eyes. It’s fantastic. And it goes with the title like peanut butter and Nutella. I love this heroine already, and I know zero about her.
The story is A Rebel at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble, an Historical romance/saga.
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?
She looked towards Lawrence.
He softly studied her, and her cheeks warmed. The way he looked at her inferred he was equally moved by Mrs Hadley’s sadness. Esther looked away. He, too, was widowed. Had he and his wife once shared the same love that Grace Hadley spoke of?
Shamed by the jolt of jealousy that shot through her, Esther walked to stand behind a pillar that blocked Lawrence’s sight of her but gave her full view of Mrs Hadley. A familiar sense of unworthiness knotted Esther’s stomach. If Lawrence understood Grace Hadley’s words and sorrow, then, he too, must have known deep and meaningful love.
She would never be enough to compete with such a ghost. Would never be enough to be with a man who bore such longing for a person he’d lost. If she listened to her body and how it so treacherously reacted to Lawrence, her attraction to him would only end badly when the moment came that she’d inevitably held something of herself back.
She could not forgo everything she had built. Somehow, she had to find the strength to fight the temptation of Lawrence’s gaze and quash the yearning to see him again…to see his children again. The emotions he’d evoked in her proved her capable of feeling. Something she had doubted for so very long. Her meeting him had been worth that, at least.
Chatting with 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 with book two coming February 2019.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers from all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/
I had the pleasure to have Rachel here for a good chat, and here’s how it went.
Hi Rachel, and thank yo for being with us.
How do you keep from resenting your duties when you have to stop writing to take care of them?
Not very well, lol! I’ve recently adopted a new way of working which involves a lot of pre-planning and sticking to certain tasks each day. It has resulted in me being a lot more productive and happier. Having said that, if anything unexpected comes up that prevents me from working, I am not a very nice lady. Ask my family!
Has your environment or upbringing colored your writing?
Most definitely! My historical books are set in Bath, England, a city I live very close to and it’s very easy for me to go back and forth. I love that I’m able to write about a place so rich in history. As for my upbringing, I think childhood experiences shape who we become as adults and I find writing very cathartic for exploring emotions especially.
What was the biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer?
How much else is involved apart from actually writing – these days publishers are doing less and less to help an author market their books unless the author is a household name. So, in order to get your book known, an author has to be prepared to do a lot of their own marketing, be active on social media and spend time blogging/interviewing and making public appearances.
Then there’s editing, art sheets to complete, revisions to implement…writing is most definitely a job the same as any other!
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Getting my first contract with Harlequin and signing my first four-book contract with Aria Fiction – these two events are the highlights of my career so far. Breaking into Harlequin was a dream of mine for many years and when it happened, I was ecstatic. I went on to write eight books for them and loved every minute.
I signed my first four-book contract with Aria Fiction in January 2018 – this was another huge milestone. Knowing I had four books secured for the foreseeable future was wonderful. I have just finished writing book three of the contract and now playing with ideas with a new trilogy. I love my work!
Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
I have heard people say in the past (or even tell me!) there is a formula to writing romance – nothing could be further from the truth! The only part that might be considered formulaic is there is a hero, a heroine and happy ending. That’s it. What about the development of those characters? What about the journey to their happy ending that you have to filled with 80,000 + words? Writing any genre is hard – it takes work, tenacity and a huge dose of self-belief…every time.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Knit! I am absolutely obsessed, and it is one pastime that completely relaxes me. I have been knitting for about ten years now and it’s become such a part of my life that I can’t even watch TV without my needles.
Pen or computer?
Music or silence?
Alone or in public?
Routine or when inspiration struck?
Outline or just write?
Do you have any scar? What are they from?
I have quite a large scar on my knee – I was around the age of five or six and fell on a smashed wine bottle in a field. The cut was incredibly deep, and I remember the thickness of the bandages my dad wrapped around it. I was screaming that I didn’t want to go to the hospital for stitches and my dad, unfortunately, gave into me. Maybe if he’d insisted, I wouldn’t have the two inch scar I have now – fathers and their daughters…
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?
On a good day – let’s do this!! On a bad day – really??
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