A very warm welcome to the fabulous Rachel Brimble who’s going to give us a peep behind the scenes at her latest book – Christmas At Pennington’s.
It’s Christmas At Pennington’s!
This is my second time writing a Christmas book and I was so excited to dive in to portray a British Edwardian festive period that spark the readers’ imagination! Snow, lights, joy and family, what could be more fun to write? Especially as Pennington’s is a romantic saga series so I knew I had full permission to throw in a love story, too.
I wanted to make Christmas At Pennington’s an intriguing and romantic story that has all the atmosphere of Christmas within its pages, too.
The theme of the Pennington’s series is female empowerment and so, with this is mind, I decided to tackle divorce in the early 20th century. The heroine, Cornelia Parker, is awaiting her divorce hearing and, as the book is set in 1911, divorce is still taboo and something for which many women were berated and ostracised from friends, family and work colleagues.
The empowerment came with being able to convey her internal battle through the shame and gossip; how she found the strength to hold her head high and forge forward with her two young sons. The Pennington’s series is about so much more than a department store. The series now has a cast of over sixty characters who work together, but I also love to show a big proportion of their personal lives, too.
Transporting back to Christmas 1911, I hope to immerse readers in a world of drama, intrigue, family and romance… with a dose of crime thrown in for good measure.
When we think on Christmas, we tend to focus on the joy of the season; gifts, decorations, mulled wine and family gatherings. As much as I hope I’ve included all these things in the story, anyone who reads my books know I can’t resist the pull of something a little darker.
This is where the hero of Christmas At Pennington’s, Stephen Gower, comes into play – he is suspended from Scotland Yard and comes to Bath to escapes the ghosts that haunt him in London. Taking a temporary position as a security watchman at Pennington’s, Stephen soon becomes embroiled in the lives of his married employers, Elizabeth Pennington and Joseph Carter.
A faceless murderer remains undetected and, as much as Stephen resists involvement, he cannot turn away and then he meets Cornelia…
I took true delight in writing every page of Christmas At Pennington’s and I sincerely hope you enjoy it J
Let the Christmas season begin!
Blurb & Buy Links:
Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.
For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.
For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.
For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?
Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).
In July 2019, she signed a three-book deal with Aria Fiction for a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book is due for release in Autumn 2020.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.
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