Thursday, February 21, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: A Rebel at Pennington's (Pennington's Department Store #2) by Rachel Brimble

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for A Rebel at Pennington's by Rachel Brimble. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post about which era Rachel Brimble find the most interesting. There is also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book tour for more exclusive guest posts, reviews, interviews, and excerpts. You can find a list of participating blogs here. Happy reading!
Title: A Rebel at Pennington's
Series: Pennington's Department Store #2
Author: Rachel Brimble
Genre: Historical Romance
One woman's journey to find herself and help secure the vote.

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.
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 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.

Guest Post:
Which era do you think is the most interesting in history and why??

Ooh, this is such a difficult question for me to answer as I am a complete history geek and love so many eras!

I would have to say that the Tudor period is the time that fascinates me the most – I cannot read enough biographies about the British Royal family at this time or watch enough documentaries and dramas. The women of the Tudor Royal family, from Katherine of Aragon to Elizabeth I, were some of the strongest and most resilient.

As I am all about female empowerment, their stories fascinate me. In a time when women were considered little more than vessels for babies and negotiation, it is amazing how much Henry VIII’s queens and lovers achieved amid an environment that did little to help or support them.

I would love to write a novel set in this period but, I have to be honest, it intimidates me. I could write a book with an entire cast of fictional characters which would alleviate some of the pressure as opposed to writing about real-life people, but it is the real-life people that hold my fascination and interest. Never say never, but when I hold authors such as Philippa Gregory and C J Sansom in such awe, I’m not sure I’ll ever have the courage to attempt a novel set in this period.

Other eras I love are the Victorian and Edwardian eras – I have written four Victorian romances and (so far) two Edwardian novels of which A Rebel At Pennington’s is my second.

Again, it is the female progression of these periods which I love to write about – the mid to late 1800s was a time of huge change for women and many refused to stand by the rules of convention and propriety. I receive the occasional review that will state ‘women would not have done those things at that time’ which I refute. Women DID do things that were unusual for the time. They did stand up for change and they did put themselves at risk of ostracization or even prison.

How could things have changed if women at some point, at some time, weren’t determined to make a change? These women existed, and it is them who inspire so many of my books.

I love history and think it’s important we continue to read and learn as much as we can about what happened in the past. Isn’t it a fabulous way to learn about our lives today and what is possible when inspired by the courage and tenacity of those who went before us?

I think so!
Rachel Brimble will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, be sure to leave a comment at a different blog stop each day. You can find a list of participating blogs here. Good luck!
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  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  2. Sounds like a great read.

  3. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  4. Sounds intriguing.....

  5. Sounds like a great read love this cover.

  6. Sounds interesting. Thank you for a chance at the giveaway!

  7. I read the first book in this series and loved it. Really looking forward to reading this book too.

  8. Really nice cover! What property is being used for the backdrop?

  9. I would love to read about women fighting for the right to vote.

  10. This book sounds like an intriguing read.

  11. I love the cover, thanks for the chance.

  12. Hisorical novels are on of my favorite genres. Suffragettes and a ghost combine to make this a slice of history with a strong female lead.

  13. I would love to read more of this one!!

  14. sounds like a fun one