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 their mutual understanding of life's challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of 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?
She looked towards Lawrence.
He softly studied her, and her cheeks warmed. The way he looked at her inferred he was equally moved by Mrs Hadley’s sadness. Esther looked away. He, too, was widowed. Had he and his wife once shared the same love that Grace Hadley spoke of?
Shamed by the jolt of jealousy that shot through her, Esther walked to stand behind a pillar that blocked Lawrence’s sight of her but gave her full view of Mrs Hadley. A familiar sense of unworthiness knotted Esther’s stomach. If Lawrence understood Grace Hadley’s words and sorrow, then, he too, must have known deep and meaningful love.
She would never be enough to compete with such a ghost. Would never be enough to be with a man who bore such longing for a person he’d lost. If she listened to her body and how it so treacherously reacted to Lawrence, her attraction to him would only end badly when the moment came that she’d inevitably held something of herself back.
She could not forgo everything she had built. Somehow, she had to find the strength to fight the temptation of Lawrence’s gaze and quash the yearning to see him again…to see his children again. The emotions he’d evoked in her proved her capable of feeling. Something she had doubted for so very long. Her meeting him had been worth that, at least.
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Your book is a movie! Who’s in your dream cast?
This is a great subject for me as I am an extremely visual writer and I begin every book searching the internet for pictures of my hero, heroine and villain (if I have one!).
I also search for pictures of characters’ workplaces, homes and any other places they regularly visit or I know I will be placing multiple scenes. All these pictures are pinned to a corkboard right in front of me above my desk. I am CONSTANTLY looking at them when I’m writing or stuck with a particular scene or chapter. They are a huge help to me during the creative process.
So, which actors were the muse behind my main characters in A Rebel At Pennington’s?
Here are who I consider the main characters and the ‘dream’ people I would love to play them if the book was made into a movie:
Esther Stanbury – Heroine – Hayden Panettiere
Lawrence Culford – Hero – Chris Evans
Ophelia Culford – Hero’s mother – Penelope Wilton
Viola Stanbury – Heroine’s stepmother – Molly Parker
Mary Stanbury – Heroine’s Aunt – Kathy Bates
Wow! This is SO my dream cast!
I imagine every published novelist dreams (as I do!) of one day having their book adapted into a feature film and even though the writer rarely gets to choose any of the cast, it’s always fun to dream, right?
So, what do you think? Would you watch a period drama with this line-up? I hope so!
Rachel lives with her husband and their two 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 new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018 with book two coming February 2019.
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