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The Mistress of Pennington’s by @RachelBrimble #historicalromance #NetGalley #bookreview

Title: The Mistress of Pennington’s

Author: Rachel Brimble

Genre: Edwardian Saga/Romance

Book Blurb:

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?

My Review:

All Elizabeth Pennington wants is to prove to her father she’s more than capable to run Bath’s #1 department store. But it’s 1910 and her father thinks all women lack business sense and belong in the home. When Joseph Carter walks into Pennington’s and offers her an offer too irresistible to refuse, she has no idea she’ll fall in love. Will their plan work and will Edward Pennington see his daughter as the business woman who’ll bring Pennington’s far into the future or will he put his foot down for the very last time?

A delightful historical romance set in Edwardian England. The characters, especially Elizabeth and Joseph, are poignantly drawn. The plot, while a tad slow in places, moves at a solid pace. The conflict between Elizabeth and her father, Edward, makes this an emotionally-charged story. Women didn’t have the right to vote yet and the women’s movement was just beginning. Brimble brings the conflict of old versus new ideals to light with compassion, insight and forethought. Well-researched, this is a must-read!

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.

My Rating: 4 stars

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Author Biography:

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.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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