| Synopsis |
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?
| Author |
Rachel Brimble lives in Wiltshire with her husband of twenty years, two teenage daughters and her beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler. Multi-published in the US, she is thrilled to have a new beginning writing for Aria in the UK.
When Rachel isn’t writing, she enjoys reading across the genres, knitting and walking the English countryside with her family…often stopping off at a country pub for lunch and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
The entire Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton – I was obsessed, and it was these books that started me on my journey to become a published author one day. Around the age of eight or nine, I started writing my own stories and binding them with ribbon. I really wish I’d kept them now!
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
Hetty and Sarah from The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – one of my friends chose this book for our book club two years ago and the characters and story still stay with me. An amazing book and highly recommended.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
The Mistress of Pennington’s came to be from my fascination with the Edwardian period, and inspired by The Paradise and Mr Selfridge. I loved both series but wanted more focus on the women, their professional and personal lives. Something was missing for me so I thought ‘Why not write a series of your own?’ so I did!
When Aria Fiction offered me a four-book contract on the basis of the first book (The Mistress of Pennington’s), I was thrilled. Book 2 is currently sitting on my editor’s desk and I’ve just started writing book 3. I absolutely love spending time in Pennington’s Department Store and exploring the lives of the people who work there
- Do you get an emotional connection to your character’s?
Always! I think it’s impossible to write a good, engaging book without the author showing how much the characters mean to him or her. A lack of connection between the author and the characters comes through on the page, I think. If I am struggling to empathise and sympathise with any of my characters, whether main or secondary, I know I have to let them go.
- Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
I read a lot of good books last year but two that still linger are Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt – this is the first in a series and the first book I’d read by this extremely popular author. It was a fabulous story with memorable characters and the love scenes were explosive. What’s not to like? For non-fiction, Write Naked by Jennifer Probst – lots of advice, encouragement and tips for aspiring and published authors alike. If you are just starting out on your writing journey or multi-published, this is a must read!
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
Ooh, tough question! I know a lot of authors use a playlist while writing but I never have – I write in silence and rarely, if ever, hear a song when I’m constructing a scene. For The Mistress of Pennington’s, it would have to something that portrayed female empowerment because that’s the theme of the entire series. Suggestions??
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
I actually write historical romance, contemporary romance and romantic suspense so yes, these are three of my favourite genres to read, but I also read LOTS of historical fiction and non-fiction and crime. I’m a reading nut!
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
What is it about my books that affects you the most and what characters have stayed with you?
- What are you working on now?
I am working on the final draft of a new romantic suspense story which I’m hoping to start submitting to publishers very soon as well as writing the first draft of Pennington’s book 3. This book will be a Christmas book and it’s such fun writing about cold weather, presents and decorations when it’s summer!
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