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New On My Shelf This Week

First up is this historical fiction book, downloaded from NetGalley, and for which, in collaboration with publisher Aria Fiction, I shall be taking part in the upcoming Blog Tour.


Cover Image Of The Book 'The Mistress Of Pennington's' By Author Rachel Brimble1910 – 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 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 forward to bring Pennington’s into a new decade, embracing woman’s equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.

Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington’s plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?



I have worked with author Norma Budden previously, in helping to promote her book ‘If Only‘. So I was more than pleased to have her contact me again, as she extends promotion of this, her most recent book and the first in a proposed trilogy, whilst preparing to submit editor’s copy for the second installment.


Cover Image Of The Book 'The Prayer' By Author Norma BuddenThe thought of going to university for another year sends shivers up Sierra’s spine. She knows she needs an education but is quickly becoming bored with life, unable to find passion for anything. All she desires is to get in her car and drive.

Tamara loves her mom with all of her heart, but she has missed out on having a dad in her life, an ache that never seems to go away. The unthinkable happens: her mom falls and suffers a head injury, then goes into a coma. A month later, the heartache has become too much to bear so she insists upon a trip to the ER, where she meets Doctor Brady Carlos – and the longer she’s around him, the more she wishes he could be her dad.

Long after Tamara left the ER, she was still on Brady’s mind – so much that, at the end of his shift, he makes a trip upstairs to visit her mother, Katarina. The moment he sees her lifeless form in the bed, he gravitates toward her in a way that takes him by surprise, even as a paternal instinct he didn’t know he possessed yearns to shelter Tamara from further emotional pain.

A chance meeting later brings Sierra and Brady together in the same place, equally fascinated with each other for different reasons. As they get to know each other, an emotional connection develops between them, but is it strong enough to withstand the pull Brady feels toward Katarina?

When all is said and done, will Brady and Tamara be able to hold onto each other, become the father-daughter team they both desire, or will something greater than either of them imagined stand in their way? 



And finally this week, another author request, this time from Traci McDonald, a new to me name, but she is a little lady with a big story to tell, which will all be revealed in the lovely Guest Post we have plans to publish real soon!


Cover Image For The Book 'Soul Of Stone (Ice And Stone #1) By Author Traci McDonaldDanielle Lyndon, owner of a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama, has built a fortress of suspicion around her heart. A tragic fire has taken the lives of her beloved Grandmother and mother, leaving her with nothing but an ancient collection of magical books. 

Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother. 

The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister. Aaron somehow holds the answers to the mysterious texts, but he’s arrogant, dangerous, and is clearly no good for her. The problem is . . . . she’s falling in love with him. 

Consumed with Aaron’s mysterious darkness and the prospect of locating the source of the texts, Danielle allows him to unwittingly drag her into an insane, mystical world where human trafficking is the usual, black magic reigns supreme, and inhuman power lasts forever.

Are the dark chasms of magic and eternity too wide and deep for love to cross? Is the collateral damage in their battle too high of a price to pay if it leaves someone with their soul encased in stone?




Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

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Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • I’m sure each of these have something good to offer, but will admit the first is the one that most captures my interest. It’s a timeframe I’ve not read much about and I like the sound of a” tale of female empowerment”.

    Don’t you live near Bath, Yvonne? It’s an area I enjoyed visiting.

    • Yes! We do live very close to Bath, so this book caught my eye immediately.

      Aria Fiction have yet to send out the Blog Tour details, but I am really hoping for a Guest Post spot, where perhaps Rachel might divulge whether Penningtons was based on a real store in the City, or is a completely fictitious establishment.

      ‘Jolly’s’ (part of the House of Fraser chain), is about the only place I could imagine Penningtons reflecting, however, as the author of the book, Rachel Brimble, also lives locally, she might have an alternative establishment in mind.


      I wonder if the book leads up to the onset of World War One and if this will influence Edward’s thinking in any way?

    • On the weeks when I am lucky enough to receive multiple books in my Monday Mailbox, there is always one book which gains popularity more than the others, and this week it is definitely going to be ‘The Mistress Of Pennington’s’

      Thanks for taking the time to read this week’s post and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Another vote for ‘The Mistress Of Pennington’s’, this is turning into something of a clean sweep!

      Thanks for making the time to visit and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • All look good, Yvonne. I enjoy reading about the era of the first book and love when a novel is set in an area I’m familiar with – so I hope it’s a winner for you.

    • I always like to support local authors, or to read about an area I know and ‘The Mistress Of Pennington’s’ ticks both boxes.

      The City of Bath is a beautiful place still, despite the ravages of modern living, although it is always good to get off the beaten track a little and check out some of the less touristy places.

      Thanks for visiting, I always enjoy reading your comments 🙂

  • I don’t usually gravitate towards historical fiction but The Mistress of Pennington’s catches my eye. I like the idea of a book with female empowerment set during that time period. I hope you have a great week with lots of good reading.

    • I couldn’t read historical fiction exclusively, but the genre really does work for me when it is interspersed amongst my stock favourite murder/mystery and suspense/thriller books.

      Hubbie and I quite often have the debate about female empowerment and whether what was once a matter of principles and moral ethics, and rightly so, has now skewed modern living too far the other way and upset the scales of power and the status quo.

      A very heavy debate to be having here I think!

      Thanks for your interesting comment and enjoy your reading this week 🙂

    • With the exception of author Norma Budden, who I have worked with previously, the other two authors are new to me also.

      To discover that Rachel Brimble probably doesn’t live too far from me is good and to also find that she is a well established and prolific author, gives me plenty more books to explore if I enjoy her writing style, in ‘The Mistress Of Pennington’s’.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • I am really surprised that ‘The Mistress Of Pennington’s’ is the only one of my new selection this week, to be mentioned by name, but I guess that cover art does have something of a ‘presence’ about it, which in turn draws the eye to the premise!

      It seems like an age since we last spoke, so i hope that everything is well with you 🙂

    • Having worked with author Norma Budden before, I know that I am pretty much assured of an excellent storyline, narrative and character development in ‘The Prayer’.

      I am still mightily tempted by ‘Soul Of Stone’, but I am wondering if I am being swayed by the mention of a book shop in the premise. As you know, I am not much of a one for fantasy reading and also, I have a funny feeling that with this book being the first in a series, the ending might be left a bit too open for my liking.

      I do enjoy having the option of such diverse titles to choose from though 🙂

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