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A Rebel at Pennington's

(Pennington's #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  31 reviews

One woman's journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.

1911 Bath. 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

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Published February 5th 2019 by Aria

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Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Rebel at Pennington’s by Rachel Gamble is a 2019 Aria publication.

A compelling romance highlighting the adversity, and the hard choices women were often forced to endure while fighting for the right to vote. These sacrifices also meant making a choice between love and family and the cause they worked so passionately for.

Esther is forced out of her home and sent to live with her aunt after her father remarries and Esther’s women’s rights activism causes a rift. She dresses store windows for
Dash fan
5☆ Authentic, Passionate, Poignant, Powerful Historical Romance!

Rebel at Pennington's is the second book in the series, it can be read as s standalone but the first book had so much character development and story setting I highly recommend reading it.

This story is set in Bath, one of my favourite places.

Esther and her father was never going to see eye to eye on women's rights.
So when he gave her an ultimatum, to stop perusing her beliefs or leave. It was an easy option, she was never going to
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fascinating insight into life in 1911 Britain this historical romance proved to be! It is a story of divided families, aspirations, caring and romance set in a time when the suffrage movement tried to resist the temptations to join the more militant suffragettes, when women had little say in the world but were striving to make their voices heard. The main characters both are estranged from their parents for different reasons and have had to make their own way in the world. The heroine is ...more
Katherine Hayward Pérez
The second of the Pennington's series is set in Bath in 1911. Esther Stanbury, a window dresser at Pennington's Department Store, has huge dreams for the a better deal for women in society and wants progression, peace and respect for them. She also wants rhem to have the power to vote.

Lawrence Culford has it all, but there's deep-seated anger shame and resentment running through his veins and his happiness is at risk.

What will happen when they meet?
It's all action in Bath with the upcoming K
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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After reading the first book, and once I found out about this one, I was very excited about knowing more. I really loved the first book, and I wasn't surprised when I loved this one too. I'm a fan of historical romances and Rachel Brimble created an amazing story with descriptions that made the book come to life, and that just makes everything so much enjoyable.
Although it's a book that is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and recommend you to read the first book so you have a fee
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A Rebel at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble takes us to 1911 in Bath, England. Esther Stanbury is the head window dresser at Pennington’s Department Store and a staunch suffragette. Esther’s deceased mother was an advocate for women’s right to vote and raised Esther to follow suit. After her father remarried, he gave Esther an ultimatum. He wanted Esther to give up her fight for the vote or she must leave their home. Esther refused to give up the Cause and moved in with her Aunt Mary. One day outs ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Rebel at Pennington's is the second book in the Pennington's series by Rachel Brimble. It can easily be read as a standalone, but after having read the first book in the series I will admit that it was nice to catch up with some of the characters from that story.

I gave the first story 3.5 stars, I liked it. But this story blew me away and definitely earns a 5-star rating.

Esther Stanbury is the window dresser in Pennington's store, she is also a very independent woman who is a suffragist. Her l
This is book #2 of the Pennington’s Series. I haven’t read the first book, but I found this one quite easy to understand, so it can be read as a standalone novel.

It’s 1911 and Pennington’s is a Department Store in Bath where Esther Stanbury works as a Head Window Dresser. Esther’s late mother believed very strongly in the women’s right to vote and Esther had been bought up with the same values. One day she meets widower Lawrence Culford. Torn between her views on women’s progression and the righ
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Oh my goodness me – this book had my name ALL over it!! Not literally of course, because I couldn’t deface a book, BUT, I am sure you know what I’m meaning! If i know that a storyline contains anything to do with the suffragette movement, you can bet your bottom dollar that i would be in my absolute element and loving every minute of it. And yes, that was certainly the case with ‘A Rebel at Pennington’s’.

Rachel Brimble’
Harlie Williams
My lovely English Rose has done it again.  But I say that every time I read a book of hers.  She's one of those authors that I just adore and actually learn a few things from.  I admit that I'm not educated on the right to vote by women.  It was glossed over in my history class but it was interesting learning about it from Ms. Brimble's perspective.  She's a Brit and I'm an American.  As women today, we don't think about how women weren't allowed to do anything outside the home without the conse ...more
Melanie Farmer
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to read and review the first book in the Pennington's series, The Mistress of Pennington’s last year, so was very pleased when I was offered the opportunity to read and review the latest instalment in this series. I really do enjoy revisiting places and getting to know characters that previously only played a small role. This novel gave me just that. I found myself back at the prestigious Pennington's department store located in Bath, the setting for the first book in this ser ...more
Lis Carey
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Esther Stanbury is Elizabeth Pennington's friend, and the head window dresser at Bath's premier retail store, Pennington's, founded by Elizabeth's now-retired father. Elizabeth and her husband, Joseph Carter, have revived the store's image and future, and Esther's skills have been important to that.

Her other passion, though, is the suffragist movement. Raised as a suffragist by her mother, despite the objections of her father, the movement has split her from her father after her mother's death a
Esther Stanbury is living in Bath with her aunt, having been forced from her childhood home after her mother’s death and her father’s remarriage and his increased frustration with her unwillingness to scale back her activities regarding women obtaining the vote. Her stepmother is particularly vile, playing both sides against the middle, telling tales and generally poisoning Esther’s reputation with her father, and the option of moving to her aunt Mary’s house, while not ideal and a far cry from ...more
Cheryl M-M
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Esther is a character driven by her passion for equality. It surpasses nearly everything else in her life. Her involvement has caused an estrangement and disagreements within her family, and threatens to ruin her budding career at Pennington’s. All of those reasons are still not enough to persuade Esther to change her position on achieving a world where both women and men have the legal right to vote.

She is part of a suffragette movement, who believe in peaceful protests and making their point w
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1911 Bath. 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 sparks fly over a toy cr
Mrsk Stephen
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Rebel at Pennington's, by Rachel Brimble, is a captivating work of historical fiction set Bath, England during the early twentieth century. The protagonist, Esther, is determined to carry on the work of her mother, an ardent suffragette, despite the high cost that comes with her conviction that women should have the right to vote. Esther has been disowned by her father and cast out of her family home for her beliefs!
Whereas modern women are often challenged by balancing families and careers Es
Stacy Walton
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the world of historical fiction filled with romance and charm and this book is no different. The story pulls you into Esther's circle of trust creating a world of challenges and possibilities around you. Being transported back to the beginning of the Nineteenth century opens the door at the suffragette movement with women standing up for their rights. This topical backdrop is an ideal place for Esther who is headstrong and knows her own mind. Thus creating a plot filled to the brim with  ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Rebel at Pennington’s (Pennington’s #2)
By Rachel Brimble
4 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

A Rebel at Pennington’s was another wonderful historical romance read by Rachel Brimble. I really like the way the author describes everything in her stories with such detail. Everything I read is vivid in my mind as if I am watching a British period drama. Although this is the second book in the Pennington’s series it could easily be read as a standalone, however I would also hig
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this fictional, historic series set at a time of world change. Women are struggling to be accepted and fighting for their rights. This is a story about family relationships as well as a love story.
Esther Stanbury has left her father's domineering home after he remarries and brings in an unacceptable stepmother. She moves in with an aunt, who does not share her beliefs of women's equality, and works for the magnificent department store, Pennington's.
It is there she comes across Lawre
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I read and reviewed The Mistress of Pennington’s which is the previous book in this series and really enjoyed Elizabeth and Joseph’s story.

In A Rebel at Pennington’s, we are introduced to Esther Stanbury who works in the prestigious department store as a window dresser. She has been rejected by her close family because of her views on women’s rights. She meets the affluent widower Lawrence Culford by accident outside the store, and he is captivated by her beauty and feisty nature.

I was pleased t
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Historical fiction is not something I tend to read very often but I am sure glad I tried this one! This is the second book in the Pennington series however this was something I found out after I had finished this book, so it can definitely be read as a standalone.

We start off by meeting Ester, a rather feisty young lady who is devoted to the suffrage of women. Even though she
This is the second book in an historical fiction series about a department store in Bath in the early 1900s. The story from the first book continues in the background of this book so while it may not be absolutely necessary to read them in order, it will add to your understanding.

Esther is a young woman who is focusing on her career and her political activism. She feels strongly that she is going to be unable to do this and have a marriage because she can't conceive of a marriage where her activ
Linn Halton
An engaging, absorbing and realistic story that will touch your heart!

The beautifully-written tale of Esther Stanbury, a feisty young woman whose vibrancy and determination widower Lawrence Culford finds compelling. Set in Bath in 1911, Esther is a part of the suffragette movement. Wealthy Lawrence is a supporter, but despite the obvious attraction neither of them can deny, turbulent times and old wounds stand between them. You will be transported back to another era and having read this story,
Grace J Reviewerlady
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in this series, The Mistress of Pennington's, was a superb read and when I noticed that the sequel was being published I was desperate to add it to my list. You can read my review of the first one HERE.

In this second novel, we get to know the head window-dresser of the department store. Esther Stanbury is not only committed to her job, but is also a member of the suffragist movement; aiming to achieve the vote for women through peaceful means and promote equality for all. When she
A lovely sequel to The Mistress of Pennington's following Esther's story this time.

It's 1911 in the city of Bath. The era is wonderfully described. You're easily taken back into a bustling new time where women are fighting to vote, for independence and careers, and Esther and Lawrence's romance is right in the middle of it.

Thoroughly enjoyed the read!

Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
I really enjoyed this! I’ve not read a lot of historical fiction but if it’s like this, I’ll definitely be reading a lot more since I’m a huge fan of history! I found this book really well written and it completely transported me back to 1911! Brimble has done a fantastic job and must have put a lot of time and research into understanding the era and the Suffrage movement. It was intriguing to read about this and the upcoming excitement of the coronation of the new King!

I absolutely loved the pr
Kathy  E
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book The Mistress of Pennington's was a great read and so is A Rebel at Pennington's, this had me hooked on the book from start to finish. The beautifully-written tale of Esther Stanbury, a feisty young woman whose work at Pennington's as a window dresser and also as a suffragist who believes deeply in the cause for Votes for Women. Her vibrancy and determination in Pennington's attracts rich widower Lawrence Culford with two children Rose and Nathanial to her. The other characters fro ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Rebel at Pennington's is an historical true to life story of women's empowerment, suffrage and of falling in love.
Esther is on her way to work one day at Pennington's where she is the head window dresser, when she happens upon a chance meeting with Lawrence Culford the local hotelier and his children. They quickly form a friendship that soon becomes so much more once they both realise that the attraction between them cannot be denied.
Esther is estranged from her father as he does not condone h
Bethany Swafford
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Esther Stanbury is a passionate support of suffrage, and when she isn't dressing window's at Pennington's Department Store, she is doing what she can for the Cause. Lawrence Culford is a successful hotel owner, devoting his spare time to his children. When these two meet, sparks fly.

From the start, I honestly wasn't sure what attracted these two together besides physical attraction. Esther was extremely rude and she was quick to fight with every conversation they had after. Her devotion to suffr
Polly Krize
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Working at Pennington's Department Store in the early 1900s, Esther Stanbury is a passionate supporter of women's rights. Meeting Lawrence Culford leads her to a romance that was unanticipated, but things may work out for this couple. I was not aware this was a 2nd book in a series, but will be looking out for that first volume.
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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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