Today I’m on the blog tour for The Mistress of Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble which is set in the 1910’s. A story about female empowerment set in a department store in Bath.
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’s 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?
Here is a guest post from author Rachel Brimble, over to you Rachel…..
Historical romance/saga – Why I Love Writing historical!
Historical fiction continues to grow in popularity, both in the UK and abroad, and as a history addict I applaud that historical fiction is here to stay. The choice in historical fiction is vast. From Victorian crime to Georgian scandal, to Edwardian sagas to Tudor mystery, there is something to suit every taste.
I don’t have a favourite sub-genre because I love them all, and also read a lot of biographies of past British monarchs too.
Historical fiction provides a channel for readers to be entertained and learn at the same time. I was once asked what I love and hate about historical fiction. For me, the love is easy – the exploration of relationships during a different period, the social aspects, the class divides, the setting…I could go on! As for what I hate, this is much more difficult. After a struggle, I named graphic violence, too much heavy detail and unrealistic characterisation.
I’ve written four Victorian romances and now two Edwardian romance/sagas but still very much consider myself a student of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Every time I pick up a fiction or non-fiction book set in these periods, I learn something new. My thirst for historical knowledge is the reason I (and others!) consider me a historical geek. Right now, I am concentrating on the Edwardian era and my research has been intense and, at times, extremely frustrating. Why? Because I want the detail in my books to be as accurate as possible. As the Edwardian era wasn’t too far in the past, I was under the mistaken belief that my research might be that much easier than the Victorian era.
I was wrong!
Social, political and industrial changes happened rapidly and frequently through these two periods which means my job, as a novelist, is to get it as close to reality as possible. Yes, this can be a challenge, but one I thoroughly enjoy and am wholly committed to, as I want to give my readers the best, most knowledgeable and enjoyable journey through time as they read.
To be a reader and writer of historical fiction, you need to have a passion of discovery and want to bring history to life for a new generation. For me, historical fiction should provide an opportunity for a reader to become immersed in an age that fascinates, excites and maybe even have the period become a time they would have love to lived in.
In order to achieve my goal, it means researching setting, social etiquette, language, employment and domestic situations and, most importantly for the work I like to write, changes for women. If I do my job properly, I should deliver a manuscript that leaps off the page, written so richly the characters, buildings and speech are vivid and alive in the readers’ imaginations.
Thank you Rachel for sharing this with us.
Here is the blog tour schedule so you can pop over and check out the other bloggers on tour.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this guest post.
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