A Rebel at Pennington's
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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’ ...more
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 ...more
She is part of a suffragette movement, who believe in peaceful protests and making their point w ...more
When Esther and Lawrence meet sparks fly over a toy cr ...more
Whereas modern women are often challenged by balancing families and careers Es ...more
By Rachel Brimble
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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!
I absolutely loved the pr ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more