I’m so glad that you could join me for What to Read Wednesday. I’m excited to have friend and author Rachel Brimble visiting today. I think you’ll enjoy her guest post and fall in love with her cover and blurb for her latest release Her One True Love!
Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s other titles and enter her giveaway 🙂
Take it away Rachel …
My Favorite Victorian books, films and TV shows…
Her One True Love is my fourth Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical Press. I love the Victorian era! Many people initially think of Queen Victoria in mourning, Dickensian poverty or cruelty, or ladies dressed in high-neck dresses, looking down their noses at anyone even thinking an immoral thought, let alone acting on one.
These passing assumptions are not entirely true…although they are true of some people and places from that time. If you have read any of my previous books, you will know my Victorian romances tend to be darker than most on the market, and focus on the lower classes of society, rather than the upper-middle and middle classes.
It is my mission to prove even people not born into money deserve a happy ever after!
Many authors, including me, garner a lot of inspiration from what we read and watch. It is because of my favorite books, films and period TV series that I became so interested in Victoriana. I am lucky enough to live just a short drive from the city of Bath, England in one direction and the beautiful Cotswolds in the other. It would be a sin for me to not take advantage of this location in my books.
Her One True Love and my previous books (The Seduction of Emily/The Temptation of Laura/What A Woman Desires) are all set in and around Bath. Here are some books and viewing I highly recommend…albeit most of them are set in London. Enjoy!
Tipping The Velvet, Affinity & Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
A Glimpse at Happiness by Jean Fullerton
The Victorian House by Judith Flanders (non-fiction)
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Mr Briggs’ Hat by Kate Colquhoun
North & South – (British TV)
North & South – (US TV) – these are two VERY different stories!
Bleak House – (British TV)
The Young Victoria – film
Gangs of New York – film
squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good,
kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of
dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of
a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few
endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good
spirits–including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for
another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one
vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow
him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?…
Matthew turned and faced Jane. “When are you leaving for the city?”
She took another step back, her gaze darting over his face. “The day after tomorrow. Why?”
“Because I will escort you. We can travel together in my carriage.”
“No, I do not need your––”
“I will be going anyway. I planned to visit some contacts in the city in the hope of securing guaranteed trade for Biddestone in the coming year. It seems unnecessary for us to make the trip separately when I have a carriage plenty big enough for us both.”
“There is absolutely no need. Jeannie will be coming with me.”
“My offer still stands.”
She glared. “It’s my intention to start on the path of independence, of finding out what the world has to offer me on my own merit. I will hardly be carving out my own path when at the first step from my home, I lean on you.”
“You are being stubborn.”
She pulled back her shoulders. “And you are not?”
The longer he looked at her, the more Matthew saw the quiet beauty he’d desperately tried to ignore. He took a steadying breath. “Please, Jane. Let me escort you to Bath.”
The seconds passed, but Matthew held his tongue. It was imperative she spoke next, that she understood he didn’t mean to bully her but wanted to ensure her safety to a city ravaged by danger, as much as opportunity.
She sighed. “Fine. On one condition.”
He held her gaze. “Which is?”
Her eyes softened, slowly lighting with mischief. “You smile. Now. You smile at me like you did before she left.”
Heat rose to his face. “You want me to smile?”
“Yes. Smile for me, Matthew.”
Empathy and passion swirled in eyes, but they also bore a deep, painful awareness that scratched hard over his heart. The longer he stared, the more he wanted to make her happy.
He smiled, his gaze on hers…and was surprised to find the trade no effort at all.
near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses,
she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had five books
published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and three
Victorian romances by eKensington/Lyrical.
Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance
finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest.
you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English
countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in
South West England.
readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!