Thursday, March 24, 2016

Her One True Love by Rachel Brimble


About Rachel Brimble
 

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2013, she has had five books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for three more.

She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical and hoping to sign a new contract for further historical romances shortly.

When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family.

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Guest post

Rachel Brimble is giving Top 5 Tips For Writing Historical Romance

1. A sense of time

It’s important that the reader feels grounded in history as soon as they begin to read – or at least by the end of the first page…ideally, the first paragraph. How do authors do this? For me, it’s all about the language used in dialogue or the objects present in the scene. Using old English or adding an object rarely, or better still, never used today will go a long way to ‘showing’ the reader, the story is set in yesteryear.

2. A sense of place

Setting is vital in historical romance – it’s the author’s job to create as rich a setting as they possibly can. Buildings, horses, carriages, balls, lighting and even a cobbled street can bring the setting alive. The more the reader pictures in their mind, the quicker they will read. After all, it will be like watching a movie!

3. Costume

Another vital ingredient in historical romance – there is a reason why we call historical movies and TV shows, “costume dramas.” Clothes are vitally important to bring color and romance to a historical novel. The dresses, bustle and hoops, cravats, boots and jewelry are a simple way to transport a reader back in time.

4. Old-fashioned Romance

Historical romance gives the author and reader a chance to indulge in that old-fashioned gallantry that, if I’m honest, I still love to experience in today’s world. In my historical romances, I take full advantage of my male cast opening doors, pulling out chairs, kissing gloved hands and generally treating the females as genteelly as possible…without being sickly sweet, of course!

5. And finally…social conventions and restrictions

For me, this is what historical romance is all about – showing those conventions and restrictions that are no longer in society. I often use one or two as the premise for my novels and watch how my hero and heroine fight against them, or overcome them, in order to achieve their goals. I love writing about strong women who wish to expand their lives and change things for the female race…with the hero’s full approval and support. It’s often that support and encouragement that makes me fall head over heels in love with my hero.

Book Review of Her One True Love
 
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Review by Anniek
 
Jane always had a secret crush on Matthew. He never knew and married another woman. Jane's heart has been crushed and to get over him she makes the decision to leave Biddestone. She will move to her house in the city and will try to make something of her life.

When Matthew is told that Jane is leaving town he's worried sick. He wants to make sure that she is safe and travels with her and her friend Jeannie to the city. He notices that Jane has changed and he likes the woman she has become very much. The only thing is he is still married to his estranged wife Elizabeth.
 
Both of them find out that they can no longer hide their feelings for each other. But what can they do? Jane refuses to lose her good reputation because she loves a married man. Matthew knows he will never be able to forget Jane and returns to Biddestone so he can settle things with his wife. Will he choose the life and love he wants or won't he be able to let go of the duties that came with his marriage?
 
Rachel Brimble has done such a good job creating the right atmosphere for this book and the language she uses is perfect for the story. It was like I was reading about people who actually existed a long time ago. The setting and the way the characters speak to each other took me back in time straight away.
 
There is one quote that really says it all for me:
 
"If there is one thing I have learned through my career in Bath and through my marriage thus far, it is that the path to true love and happiness never runs smoothly. You have to fight for it, live through the cracks in your heart, and be determined to find your happily-ever-after."
 
Her One True Love is a beautiful story about finding the love of your life and the obstacles that are sometimes standing in the way of happiness. This book is very well written and it's an enjoyable read about life in another era.

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36 comments:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book! Great post xx

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  2. I'm not generally one for Historical Romance but I admit, this one sound intriguing... Plus the Top 5 post was right on point. Thanks for the share guys!

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  3. The cover is pretty, I like the color of the dress and that their a huge staircase in the background. 😊

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  4. Good morning everyone! So happy to be here & thanks so much, AnnieK for such a fabulous review - I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book! ��

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I enjoyed your book very much and I am glad that we could participate in your tour!

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  5. The cover is amazing. Can't wait to read this book!

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  6. I love the cover and the book sounds great :)

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  7. The cover is just stunning, I love it!

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  8. I am so happy with how many readers have said they love this cover - an eye-catching cover is SO important! I literally screamed when this one dropped into my inbox. Happy Rachel!

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    1. The cover is indeed stunning! Secretly wish we would still be wearing those kinds of dresses :-)

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  9. I love the cover it is very elegant

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  10. Great cover! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. I am sure you'll love it Erin! Thank you for stopping by :-)

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  11. Loving all this love for my cover - wish I could take credit for it, lol! Hope it's tempted you to read the book - thank for stopping by :)

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  12. I think it is gorgeous! I fits the book perfectly :]

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  13. The cover is enticing and romantic

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  14. the first thing i noticed on the cover was how beautiful the dress is, i really like the cover, the color of it the green of the dress, really cute *.* thank you for this chance

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  15. This looks really good. I love historical romance.

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  16. I love the image and the colors of the cover

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  17. I like the staircase!

    Deborah

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  18. I love the cover and the book looks fab!!

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  19. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Hope you enjoy the book :D

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  20. I love the cover. Such an elegant looking lady. Perhaps dressed for a ball or that special someone :)

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  21. not my kind of cover

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  22. Love the cover, it would definitely make me pick up the book to read what it is about.

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  23. Love the cover, it would definitely make me pick up the book to read what it is about.

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  24. Rich colours and luxurious feel, love it!

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  25. Beautiful dress on the cover, the cover as a whole has a strong impact!

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