The Mistress of Pennington’s
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?
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Elizabeth Pennington is a hard working woman in her father’s department store during a time when women were fighting for equal rights as men. Elizabeth is looking towards expanding Penningtons and wants to take the department store into the future by bringing in not just the affluent, but the middle class as well. Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s father is stuck with the times and does not believe women are capable of managing a business. Instead, women should marry according to their station and be content becoming a wife and mother. Elizabeth’s plans of advancing outside of the women’s department of Pennington’s is constantly being halted by her domineering father. This all changes when Joseph Carter, a small scale glove and hat maker, enters Pennington with the hopes of commissioning some of his designs for extra income in order for his father to finally be able to retire. Elizabeth is able opens up to Joseph and together they shine and both want to take Pennington’s to a higher level in sales and affordability. But, with Elizabeth’s controlling father pulling the reins how could Elizabeth and Joseph ever achieve their goals and aspirations?
Elizabeth Pennington is such a great character. She is loving and kind which is a direct opposite of her cold and controlling father. She has heart and wants what is best for the department store. She wants to take Pennington’s and turn it into one of the best and leading stores people want to shop in. She has grit and determination, but you can see how she falters at times when it comes to her father. Even though I felt Elizabeth was strong, you can still see her insecurities when it comes to her father. But, when she meets Joseph a new confidence emerges from within and it was so nice to see the changes within in her and how she grows as the story progresses.
Joseph Carter is such a standup guy. He is passionate and kind and deep down is a family man who cares about his father as well as others, especially the poor. He does have a tragic past, one that he blames himself for. Joseph believes that he doesn’t deserve to feel or ever be happy. My heart was just breaking for him and his story. But when he meets Elizabeth, he can’t help but feel an attraction towards her. Something he never thought he would ever feel for a woman again. It scares him and yet at the same time it makes him realize that he is worthy of love and commitment. He also treated Elizabeth as an equal in both business and outside of business.
I absolutely loved the history portion of this story and the suffrage movement is interweaved through its pages. It was a different time back in 1910 where women virtually had no rights and had to adhere to their fathers or husbands wishes. The movement wanted to put an end to all of that and allow for equal opportunity for all women. Even though, this was just a small part in this story, it took on a huge roll amongst each of the main characters.
The story in itself flowed smoothly and I never felt as if I was rushed and I found myself glued to its pages, where I could easily feel the emotions of each of its characters which in turn allowed me to empathize and understand Elizabeth and Joseph…and yes, even Elizabeth’s father, for as cruel and mean he was at times also has his own sad story to tell.
The Mistress of Pennington’s is a heartfelt story that both captivated me and surprised me from the very first page until the last. The story is set against the backdrop of an era where the views on women were slowly starting to change for the better. If you like history thrown in with a shaky family dynamic and an incredible and tender romance, then you definitely want to pick up this well written and thoroughly engrossing story.
Author Bio –
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.
In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a brand new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
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