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Death at Lovers Leap by Catherine Coles #Review#PublicationDay

    Today I am featuring the third in a cozy crime series by Catherine Coles , The Martha Miller Mysteries . Death at Lovers' Leap is published today, on February 16th by Boldwood Books .You can read my review of the first in the series, Poison at the Village Show   here amd the second, Death at the Country Fair   here .     Westleham Village 1948 As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there’s only one place Martha can go - famous local beauty spot, Lovers' Leap. Legend has it that those with a broken heart throw themselves off the bridge that spans the river, but Martha is certainly not about to do such a thing! But it looks like someone else has had other ideas…. Because there in the river, Martha finds a body. But is this misadventure, a moment of lovesick madness, or is foul play a

The Mistress of Pennington's by Rachel Brimble ** Blog tour Review & Giveaway**

Today I am featuring The Mistress of Pennington's on Books, Life and Everything. It is an Edwardian Romance / Family Saga which takes us back to Bath in 1910. There is also the chance to win an Amazon Voucher in a great International Giveaway. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.

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?

My Thoughts
Edwardian England is a fascinating period of history. Set before the onset of the First World War, you are given an insight into an unequal world where class distinctions are so obvious. I particularly like the issues touched on in this saga with regards to women and their place in society. 'The Cause' as they refer to it is gaining force as women protest for equality and the vote. The Department Store reflects society with the well-heeled owners, the Penningtons, and the shop workers who are themselves arranged according to a class hierarchy depending on their job. Changes in society are hinted at as Elizabeth tries to modernise the store and encourage middle class women to come into the shop themselves, rather than sending in their servants. 

    At the heart of the story is a romance as Elizabeth tries to square her desires as a woman with her ambitions as a working adult. She is creative and empathetic, seeing the workers in the store as individuals to be nurtured. Striving to be taken seriously by her father, she shows independence of spirit and determination to succeed. The Department Store is described in detail and becomes very familiar to the reader by the end. I am sure that having established the saga, future books will be just as enjoyable. 

In short: An atmospheric glimpse into Edwardian England.  

About the Author

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. 

You can follow Rachel here:|   Website  |  Blog   |  Twitter 
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Thanks to Rachel Brimble and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

                                      Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Giveaway (International)

To win £20 / $20 Amazon Gift Card (Open Internationally) just follow the link below and good luck!

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