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The Mistress of Pennington's: Can a woman succeed in a man's world?

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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

Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Aria
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Dash fan
5☆ A Beautiful Portrayal

The mistress at Penningtons is a beautifully compelling read about change, fighting for equality.
I adore Rachel Brimbles books and this one is such a beautiful read.

Elizabeth Pennington is a strong, independent women who desperately wants her father to accept this and let her have more responsibility and power at their department story. I admired her strength and determination.

But Edward, her father has other ideas. Set in an era where men still held all the power, he wa
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in 1910 with the suffragette movement getting into full sway, women in general seemed to have had a tough time with men during this period. It seemed to be even more rigid than ever before and someone like Elizabeth the only child and heir to the Pennington empire was no match for her father and other males of the time.

Elizabeth was hard working, passionate about her job at Pennington's the finest department store in Bath and was determined to take the store forward but was being held back a
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
As soon as I first heard about this book I have been eager to read it, it is an era that I am hugely interested in and I felt so honored when Rachel Brimble gave me the chance to review it for her. This excelled my expectations of it ‘The Mistress of Penningtons’ is incredibly good! This is the first book I have read by Ms Brimble and as such I came into this book with completely fresh eyes, it is a wonderful introduction into her work, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

Set during Edwardian
Suze Lavender
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s 1910 and Elizabeth Pennington would love to take over the reigns of her father’s department store. Pennington’s is the market leader in Bath and the fancy shop carries a large range of luxurious products. Elizabeth’s father Edward is old fashioned and stubborn, he doesn’t have anything good to say about women and he treats them with disrespect, but Elizabeth doesn’t let her father win. She wants to inherit the store and will do anything she can to improve what she sees as rightfully hers. S ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 c ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for fans of historical fiction ! Brimble has written a lovely story of Elizabeth, a strong young woman, who wants to move her family business forward. It's 1910 Bath, however, and that's not as easy as it would be today. She meets Joseph, a glove maker who is trying to do the same thing. Together they make a great team. There's a romance, there's interesting historic details, but best of all, there are the two characters- Elizabeth and Joseph. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A very good ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Already being a lover of Rachel Brimble's stories, especially her historicals, I was so excited to get started on this the first book in her new series set in Edwardian England. The Mistress of Pennington's is set in 1910 at a time when women were still thought of as being incapable of having grand ideas of advancing themselves and of being equal to men, but this was also a time where small change was starting to happen and women were actually starting to fight for their rights, to get their voi ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very well written with characters I really cared about, this historical novel will appeal to fans of Downton Abbey and Selfridges historical television series. Set in a time of emotional change and hard fought struggle, this story is about women being seen as more than possessions and bargaining chips for their fathers and families.
Edward Pennington is a difficult man to read, easy to dislike, but I wanted to feel there was more to him. His daughter feels his behavior is responsible for her moth
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 for
N.N. Light
All Elizabeth Pennington wants is to prove to her father she’s more than capable to run Bath’s #1 department store. But it’s 1910 and her father thinks all women lack business sense and belong in the home. When Joseph Carter walks into Pennington’s and offers her an offer too irresistible to refuse, she has no idea she’ll fall in love. Will their plan work and will Edward Pennington see his daughter as the business woman who’ll bring Pennington’s far into the future or will he put his foot down ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of Rachel Brimble. Whether she is writing contemporary romantic suspense or enchanting historical romance, she always manages to write enthralling, compelling and irresistible stories that are absolutely impossible to put down. In her first saga, The Mistress of Pennington’s, she has penned an engrossing, captivating and spellbinding tale with a wonderfully independent, resourceful and resilient heroine readers will take to their hearts: Elizabeth Pennington!

In 1910, Pennington’s
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Rachel Brimble has penned an addictive tale about an ambitious young woman who wants more out of life than 1910 England affords her. Elizabeth Pennington is the daughter of a department store owner, but her father refuses to consider her a potential business heir ... despite her considerable talent and work ethic.

Determined to succeed, she finds an unusual ally in master glove maker Joseph Carter, who with Elizabeth, wants to advance Pennington's into a more progressive era. Who will win the bat
J.B (Debbie)
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know I've probably said this about Rachel Brimble before but I am always astounded by the diversity of her writing. Just when I think I've found a new favourite book of hers in one genre, I then find myself completely hooked on another book in a different genre! Her writing is that good!

The Mistress of Pennington's is the perfect book if you are looking for a strong female lead character. The scene setting is perfect and the Edwardian era is one where women are seen more as commodities or sim
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, historical sagas and basically anything to do with history. As well as being a book geek, I am also a history geek/ nerd and I love anything to do with the early twentieth century. I think that I must have been born in the wrong era. Also I didn’t know my grandparents or great grandparents so reading about the social history of when they were born somehow helps me feel closer to them. Anyway I digress so back to ‘The Mistress Of Pennington’s’ I do go. Beari ...more
Lynn Brown
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I saw this book was going to be perfect for fans of Mr Selfridge and The Paradise I knew I had to read it and I wasn't disappointed.

My blood boiled frequently while reading the book and the fate of Miss Pennington at the hands of her draconian father. No matter that the suffragette movement was taking off, Mr Pennington has very firm ideas of how his daughter should behave and being in business is not one of them.

I know these were very different times and this is exactly how it would have b
Donna Maguire

I loved this book - everything about it was very enjoyable!!

The setting for the book is fantastic, I love the scene setting, the outfits and descriptions in the book are great. The characters work so well together and Elizabeth and Joseph are a fantastic pairing. I have read a few books by this author now and she is yet to disappoint me with her writing style, this one was truly excellent in my opinion!

Five stars from me - definitely one I am going to be r
Nicola Smith
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was immediately drawn to The Mistress of Pennington's when I discovered it was about a department store. I love books about shops. Inspired by The Paradise and Mr Selfridge, this is the story of Pennington's in 1910. Elizabeth Pennington is desperate to be allowed by her domineering father to run Pennington's one day and she is doing all she can to put her mark on it right away. She's in charge of the ladies department but she wants so much more.

Elizabeth is a great character. She's feisty and
Andrea Guy
Rachel Brimble is one of my favorite authors. I love her books for Harlequin Superromace, but her historical romances are even better.

This book is set in the early part of the 20th century. Its the Downton Abbey era, which is a time period that I've been reading a lot about lately. Its an era of women's suffrage. This is touched on in this book, but not as much as I thought it would be, more so was the plight of the woman trying to make her way in the world.

Women didn't have the opportunities th
Connie Fischer
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bath England - 1910

Miss Elizabeth Pennington, age 24, is the only child of Edward and Helena Pennington. Even with her good education and wealthy background, her interest lies in retail and her father’s mammoth department store, Pennington’s. Elizabeth started work there as a shop girl and has moved up to become the head of the ladies’ department. Now, her father will not let her advance further which frustrates Elizabeth. He feels that women have no true place in business. The large majority of
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Bath, England 1910- Elizabeth Pennington is heir to Pennington's, a department store in the city of Bath. Times are hard with the Suffragette movement happening and also, more personally, her father's control being an ever- present part of her life. Elizabeth's dream has always been to work in the Women's Department of Pennington's. She has finally achieved that and loves her job. But her father, a traditional man, has other desires for his daughter's future. He wants her to marry and have child ...more
Joanna Lambert
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edward Pennington, the owner of Penningtons – Bath’s most stunning departmental store – is constantly at odds with his daughter Elizabeth, who currently runs the women’s department. Elizabeth is clever, ambitious and totally committed to the company. She has an ability to see how much better the store could become if only her father would see beyond the fact she’s female and therefore her ideas are of little value.
When young widower Joseph Carter convinces Elizabeth to take some of his gloves t
Rachel (Rae)
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

After reading the description for this book I couldn't wait to start this story and Rachel Brimble has created a wonderful character in Elizabeth. I loved her determination and spirit her personality shines through in this book as we see her strive to become something more than what society at that time demanded or expected. Especially as she faces opposition from her father, each day trying to prove her worth in business. Elizabeth is forward thinking and wants to improve not only her life but
Carol Perreault
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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An inspirational story of a woman working to make a life for herself in 1910 and the men who influenced her.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Claire Lyons
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this story, the imagery is wonderful the characters are very engaging and the setting of a department store is very clever. There is romance, tension, the women's movement, class struggles and family history to contend with - all managed with care and sensitivity. It's a lovely book to read and I look forward to further instalments...
Grace J Reviewerlady
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been looking forward to reading this one since I first spotted it on social media; I'm very fond of historical stories with women at the heart of the tale!

Elizabeth Pennington is a forward thinking young woman, full of admiration for the rising suffragette movement. She is determined to resist her father's attempts to marry her off to a rich man who will expect her to knuckle under to all of his demands. Having fought long and hard to take her place in the family business, a stunning new de
Lis Carey
It's 1910, the women's suffrage movement is in full swing in the UK, and Elizabeth Pennington, daughter of Edward Pennington, owner of the finest shop for men's and women's clothing and accessories in Bath, is determined to succeed her father as the store's head. Unfortunately, Edward Pennington doesn't believe women, including his daughter, are capable of being competent business people. He has grudgingly made her head of the women's department, and she's doing well, but what does that prove?

Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As a Historical Romance lover, I haven't read many books that are set in the era this book is set, the Edwardian era. Maybe this is the first book I read, it is the first book of Rachel Brimble that I have read and it was such a refreshing book for me in the Historical fiction genre.

During a time when the world was moving forward and women were finding their voices and fighting for their right... Elizabeth Pennington want to take the family business into that new era, into the future, but to do
Cheryl M-M
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
In an era where women are striding towards their own empowerment and to have their voices heard, which includes the vote and the suffragette movement, the main character is fighting for her own independence. Elizabeth is the only child of Edward Pennington, the owner of a large successful department store. A concept of shopping, which ended up connected the worlds of all social classes, genders and all kinds of products. It changed the face of sales and the retail industry.

It’s a world Elizabeth
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Edwardian Britain isn't an era I'm too familiar with especially the history surrounding the women's suffrage movement and the rise in popularity of socialist politics. My only recollection of any reference to suffragettes featuring in a book or film I've seen or read is Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins! As I've not seen either of the dramas mentioned in the blurb, I began this novel with great expectations and happily the narrative not only kept my attention, but the setting inspired me to read more ab ...more
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I live with my husband, our two daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath. I'm the author of the Pennington's Department series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove series (Harlequin) as well as four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

When I’m not writing, you’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family. And i

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