A Shop Girl at Sea by Rachel Brimble #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley #5*


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Bath, 1912.

Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington’s, Bath’s finest department store.

An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn’t be more excited – or determined!

Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can’t help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.

Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority.

But when that means accepting Victoria Lark’s offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby’s secrets is under threat of being revealed…


A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.


Pennington’s Series

Book 1 – A Shop Girl in Bath

Book 2 – A Shop Girl Gets the Vote

Book 3 – A Shop Girl’s Christmas

Book 4 – A Shop Girl at Sea


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A Grand Tale!      stars 5


Another excellent addition to this fabulous series! I love how unpredictable this story is . . .

Amelia Wakefield loves her job at Pennington’s department store; with her mentor now on maternity leave, she has stepped up in the design department and her confidence is growing daily. When Elizabeth Pennington proposes a trip to America – and on the maiden voyage of the Titanic no less – to find out what the stores do there that is so different, Amelia is at first a bit nervous, then she gets quite excited at the task in front of her. Samuel Murphy is also travelling on the ship, as crew, and his path crosses with Amelia’s often and, much as he likes her, he has other responsibilities which stop him seeking romance in his life. Meanwhile, back at Pennington’s, Ruby Taylor continues to hide the horrors of her home life from her colleagues, but when her only friend there offers her sanctuary, they find themselves the object of nasty gossip and speculation.

This is a wonderful fourth novel in the Pennington’s series; focusing on different characters and rolling out their stories in a very appealing manner. It’s all very cleverly written, with all the separate tales beautifully entwined giving the reader plenty to consider. I love that the language reflects the period; there was definitely a stiffer manner of speech at that time and Rachel Brimble reflects that throughout. A grand tale – thoroughly enjoyable and one which stands well on it’s own, but is even better when read as part of the series. Absolutely worth all five sparkling stars and definitely recommended by me!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot in this tour. This is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: historical saga


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Author Bio


Rachel Brimble


Rachel Brimble lives in Wiltshire with her husband of twenty years, two teenage daughters and her beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler. Multi-published in the US, she is thrilled to have a new beginning writing for Aria in the UK. When Rachel isn’t writing, she enjoys reading across the genres, knitting and walking the English countryside with her family…often stopping off at a country pub for lunch and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
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