Friday, February 22, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: A Rebel at Pennington's by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @GoddessFish

A Rebel at Pennington's
by Rachel Brimble
GENRE: 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.

Interview with Author Rachel Brimble

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Rebel At Pennington’s?

Of course! Esther Stanbury appeared in book 1 (The Mistress of Pennington’s – both books can be read stand alone) as the head window dresser at Pennington’s Department Store. She was already an active suffragist campaigning for the women’s vote. In A Rebel At Pennington’s the fight is gaining pace and Esther is more involved than ever.

Then she meets widower and father of two, Lawrence Culford. A wealthy hotelier, Lawrence is also part of the Cause and side by side they fight for women’s suffrage…and each other.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I have just finished Pennington’s book 3 (coming Autumn 2019) and starting to plot book 4. I also hope to write a contemporary romance trilogy this year. These will be shorter books and set in Manhattan. I can’t tell you much more than that!

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

My books tend to run to 90,000 + plus words these days so they seem to take longer and longer! On average, from plotting to the final draft, I would say it take me around 6 months to complete a book. I am lucky enough to be able to write full-time otherwise, it would be closer to a year.

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Magic Faraway Tree and The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton. I devoured Enid Blyton books from a very young age until around the age of 11 when I discovered the Sweet Dreams series – a series of teenage romances that fueled my love of the genre and my dream to be an author one day.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from A Rebel At Pennington’s who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

It would have to be Esther – I adore her and loved watching her grow, develop and change over the course of the three books I have written so far. I’d love to be a part of her suffragist group and plan our next strategies, hopes and dreams for the future. She is a feminist and true believer in women’s futures – something I am wholly passionate about, too!

What was the hardest scene from A Rebel At Pennington’s to write?

I think it was probably the scene where I wanted to show Esther’s struggle to allow Lawrence to become more than an associate. She went through some very affecting years during her adolescence and her ability to trust is extremely weakened. I want to ensure her vulnerability and fear of what leaning on Lawrence might mean to her and her life came across on the page.

Fingers crossed, readers will be as moved by this scene as I was.

What made you want to become a writer?

See above! Books – I loved reading from a very early age and books are a passion that has never lessened throughout my life. I think I always wanted to play a bigger part in books – as though reading them was never enough.

I’ve always had a vivid imagination and having the opportunity to explore different characters, issues, settings and time periods is a dream come true.

Just for fun

(a Favorite song: Perfect by Ed Sheeran

(b Favorite book: So many! The only book I’ve read three times is Gone With The Wind so maybe that’s my favourite J

(c Favorite movie: Notting Hill

(d Favorite tv show: The Crown

(e Favorite Food: Chicken Satay from our local Chinese!

(f Favorite drink: Sauvignon Blanc

(g Favorite website: Google!

Thanks so much for visiting with us today! 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great interview!

James Robert said...

My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

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