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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Mistress of Pennington's by Rachel Brimble - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

It’s 1910 and Elizabeth Pennington would love to take over the reigns of her father’s department store. Pennington’s is the market leader in Bath and the fancy shop carries a large range of luxurious products. Elizabeth’s father Edward is old fashioned and stubborn, he doesn’t have anything good to say about women and he treats them with disrespect, but Elizabeth doesn’t let her father win. She wants to inherit the store and will do anything she can to improve what she sees as rightfully hers. She’s smart and understands how the business works, but can she convince her father to follow her ideas and give her more responsibility? 

Joseph Carter is a master glove-maker. He wants Pennington to carry his designs and has ideas that will bring guaranteed success, both for his own products and for the lady’s department of Pennington’s. Elizabeth is running this part of the shop and he has to convince her to give him a chance. Will she listen to his ideas and can they secure a prosperous future for Pennington’s together? Edward will surely be against a collaboration between Joseph and his daughter. What will he do when they don’t only click on a business level, but also are a great personal match? Will he ruin things for them before they’ve properly started?

The Mistress of Pennington’s is a brilliant story about independence and following your heart. I loved how passionate Elizabeth and Joseph are about their work. They share an exceptional drive and this is what instantly binds them. They have a lot in common and I loved their easy friendship and close connection. It’s clear from the start that they have something special, but they have many obstacles on their way and the biggest one is Edward Pennington. Elizabeth’s father wants to control his daughter’s life and doesn’t want her to take her own decisions. She has to fight hard for each small win, but she never gives up and always stands her ground. I loved her spirit and with Joseph’s support Elizabeth becomes truly formidable, which is something I really enjoyed witnessing. 

Rachel Brimble has a fantastic engaging writing style. I loved how she makes Pennington’s come to life. I could effortlessly picture the department store itself, the products, the staff and the strategies to make it even more successful. I enjoyed every single description. The Mistress of Pennington’s is dynamic and filled with energy, spirit and hope. I liked the romance a lot and was fascinated by each part of the process of running such a big business. Rachel Brimble paints a clear picture of the time she’s writing about, which makes the story feel authentic and natural. I really loved The Mistress of Pennington’s, it’s a beautiful must-read filled with passion, fierceness and strength.

Advice

If you love historical fiction you don't want to miss The Mistress of Pennington's.

About Rachel Brimble


Rachel Brimble is the author of the popular Harlequin Templeton Cove series which consists of eight books that are a combination of either mainstream romance or romantic suspense stories. With a cast of over 30 characters, The Templeton Cove Stories is a romantic, sexy and compelling series that has her readers constantly coming back for more.

Her four historical novels are published by eKensington and set in Bath, England.

Her upcoming projects include a new Edwardian series and a contemporary trilogy. Watch this space!

When Rachel isn't working she likes to read, knit, watch TV and walk the English countryside with her family and beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler.

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Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a £20 (or equivalent) Amazon gift card from Rachel Brimble.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

63 comments:

  1. I love the cover!It sounds like a lovely story, great review!

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  2. This sounds like a great read! I really love the cover.

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  3. The Mistress of Pennington's sounds like a first class historical tale full of terrific period detail and wonderful characters.

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  4. Very nice, I like your elegant books

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  5. I've read one historical fiction before and I loved it. Looking forward to read this one. ❤️

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  6. Sounds like a great story, good cover too.

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  7. Sounds nice, Its been awhile that I read a HR.

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  8. Congrats on the new release! It sounds like a very interesting book.

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  9. Many thanks for the review & giveaway!

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  10. What a wonderful story this is, a lovely review too. I love the photos of yourself, always with a brilliant smile. :-)

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  11. This sounds like a lovely historical novel.
    jan

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  12. Hello Rachel, The Mistress of Pennington's sounds like a good read. Thank you

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  13. I enjoyed watching Selfridges so I like the sound of reading a book that's set in department store of that era.

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  14. This book looks very intriguing.

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  15. I always enjoy Rachel Brimble's books.

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  17. Already a fan. Thanks for hosting for her.

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  18. I love interesting historical details in a romance book!

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  19. Wow! Thank you so much for such a fab review & for all the lovely commenters - hope you’re tempted to give The Mistress Of Pennington’s a read! ����

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  20. Elizabeth Pennington certainly sounds independent and determined!

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  21. Love a good historical yarn with a strong female lead!

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  22. I absolutely love historical fiction! This book looks right up my street!

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  23. Thank you all so much for stopping by! I loved writing this book so much & hope you enjoy reading it - good luck with the contest xx

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  24. I love historical setting in a novel

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  25. GREAT REVIEW. BOOK SOUNDS REALLY GOOD.

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  26. Sounds really interesting. I can't wait to read it.

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  27. Sounds like an awesome read! Thank you so much for this great giveaway :-)

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  28. I love reading about independent women in patriarchal societies, sounds like a great read.

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  29. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  30. Look like a great book

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  31. Looks and sounds like a great read,thanks for the giveaway too

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  32. This books sounds like a great read

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  33. This sounds like my kind of book. I love being swept away like I've time travelled

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  34. Congrats, it's been added to my wishlist!

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  35. I enjoy books with strong female characters. Thanks for this recommendation.

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  36. I love the cover. Historical novels like this are right up my alley!

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  37. Love the cover, nice and classy!

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  38. This book looks really good, I would love to try it

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  39. My mum would love this book! (@0zzyhog)

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  40. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  41. Elizabeth sounds like a strong character - reminds me of catherine cookson novels, which I love, but, have read and re-read her stories, so this is from a new author to me - and one i am looking forward to getting to know better xx

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  42. fingers crossed, lovely giveaway x

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  43. Oh love the cover (sorry that seems to be my starting point) but it's a "hook" for me. Sometimes I read the book purely based on the cover and don't even bother reading the info. I can't wait to read this and really like the idea of Elizabeth trying to prove to her father that she's worthy of running Pennington's in a time where women were not seen as "business people". The whole story sounds great and I can't wait to see what characters we engage with too.

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  44. Thankyou for your great giveaway.... The book looks very interesting 😊

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  45. Thank you for sharing your book.

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  46. Thank you for the chance! I love historical romances!

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  47. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including The Mistress of Pennington's, and wishing the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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  48. Rachel writes amazing books, I have no doubt this one will be amazing too!

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  49. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway, Rachel!

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  50. Sound wonderful, inspiring story. I love the time set too. Oh, moreover, the book cover is pretty. Thank you for the book review and giveaway.

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