Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington's Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women's progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.
When Esther and Lawrence meet, their mutual understanding of life's challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists' determination to secure the vote. Will Esther's rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?
Previously published as A Rebel at Pennington's.
Second book in series!
A Rebel at Pennington’s features Esther Stanbury who was raised by her mother to fight for women’s rights. Esther does not see a way to fight for what she believes in and having a family. Her father’s ultimatum is the cause. Love has a way of challenging your beliefs and resolve. Lawrence had a cruel father and he is determined to not be like him. He was forced into one arranged marriage and will not let his mother do it to him again. Each have issues to overcome before they can move forward. We get to see the struggles suffragettes faced in England. The criticism, insults, items hurled at them, and being tossed into jail. There were different groups with some who did peaceful demonstrations and others that chose a more militant approach. I thought the author captured the attitudes of the people during the time along with the atmosphere prior to George V’s coronation. I am glad that the author included Elizabeth Pennington in the story. We get to see how she is faring after taking over the store and marrying the man she loves. I enjoyed the descriptions of the windows and displays at Pennington’s. They were unique for the time period and would have attracted customers. A Rebel at Pennington’s is nicely written with steady pacing which makes it easy to read. The attraction between Esther and Lawrence is electric and unmistakable. I do want to let readers know there is mild foul language scattered throughout the book and there is a very descriptive, intimate scene. For those who love historical romances with a rebellious woman and a dashing widow, then do not miss out on A Rebel at Pennington’s.