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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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!
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.