Today I’m delighted to host a author spotlight post for Rachel Brimble. As an author of romantic fiction, she is has over 25 published novels and social media followers from around the world. Read on, to learn more.
Writing the Dark Side of Victorian England…
The idea for my latest trilogy, The Ladies of Carson Street was inspired by my reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold and watching and loving the TV series, Harlots.
Once I had finished reading and watching, I was enveloped in the need to write about the world of vice and prostitution but with some sort of happy ending for the protagonists. This, of course, presented a problem because there were not many (if any) stories of life ending well for these women. But then I convinced myself that, as I am writing fiction, I can make it possible!
I am known for setting my historicals in Bath and this trilogy would be no different.
The first book, A Widow’s Vow, introduces the main character, Louisa, but also the two other women who will go on to have their own, centre-stage, moments. Between them Louisa, Nancy and Octavia are a force of nature, their loyalty and determination unwavering.
This series is about 19th century women and how so many of them fell unwittingly into the world of vice for reasons out of their control. It was this aspect of tumbling towards rock bottom with nothing to cling onto that made the message (or even lesson) of The Five so utterly impossible to ignore. Prostitution is rarely, if ever, a choice and many Victorian prostitutes came from wildly different backgrounds with wildly different stories.
I wanted this to be the case with Louisa, Nancy and Octavia, too – they all had completed different reasons why they ended up living and working in Bath’s backstreet taverns, clubs and houses.
So, what of their happy endings?
Well, they come for each and in wholly different ways – yes, they meet the men who will change them forever, but it the women themselves who do the work, who fight for independence and a new life on their own terms. Writing about female empowerment is one of my favourite things and I believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with throwing a hefty dose of love and romance into the mix!
I would love for you to download books 1 & 2 in the series (A Widow’s Vow & Trouble For The Leading Lady) before the third and final book is released towards the end of the year.
A Widow’s Vow
From grieving widow…
1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.
To a new life as a madam.
Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.
Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path?
A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.
Trouble for the Leading Lady
As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.
His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.
Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.
Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?
The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.
About the Author
Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 25 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street series, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.
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