Review: The Mistress of Pennington's
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?
Another fantastic character study. Elizabeth leaps into the page with all her hopes and ambitions. She’s at odds with her fathers traditional views and eager to prove herself.
The story bustles about with all the energy of its location. Bath is a wonder in the novel. As one of my favorite places in England, I was thrilled to slip through the streets in a city lost to time as time began to move forward at the breakneck speed of industrialization.
The blurb makes lofty references to comps but these weren’t out of reach at all. Elizabeth and the rest of this crew slide right into their rightful place next to Mr. Selfridge with the merest of pardon-me’s. This book is an historical delight with truths recognized in women of any age and time period.
Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/2SvRcqp
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Author Bio –
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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