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- Publisher: Aria (July 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C8FZK6C
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The Mistress of Pennington's: Can a woman succeed in a man's world? Kindle Edition
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Edward Pennington is a difficult man to read, easy to dislike, but I wanted to feel there was more to him. His daughter feels his behavior is responsible for her mother's death. In the book this is paralleled by Joseph's guilty feelings of responsibility for his own wife's death.
Elizabeth Pennington is in the difficult position of being heir to a retail dynasty with the fault that she is not male. She is intelligent and strong willed and passionate, most of which are not given credit simply because she is female in a patriarchal society.
Joseph Carter is also intelligent, passionate, talented and strong willed. He is a visionary with philanthropic dreams. His father and grandfather before him were milliners and leather workers. His specialty is gloves. Although he wants to continue the family name and reputation for fine goods, his dreams are even grander.
Joseph takes a bold step toward achieving greater recognition and making his gloves available to a wider audience. Changes begin to happen the moment he and Elizabeth meet.
Will secrets between the two families be enough to be their downfall or can potential attraction between visionaries who are fighting for their own lives as well as for the future of the masses prevail and be strong enough to give birth to dreams?
The tension is thick as fog as they struggle to move forward and not encourage Mr. Pennington's wrath. Can they bring the store into a modern age? Will they open their hearts to each other and risk pain?
A well rounded historical novel filled with growth potential and champions to root for.
I accepted this book to read. The rating and review are all my own opinion
I really liked this book! In 1910, Elizabeth Pennington is working in her father's store, which is Bath's leading department store. Even though she wants to take over ownership of the store when her father retires, he is firmly against it. The new manager must be a man. This is the story of the struggles Elizabeth goes through to prove she is worthy of inheriting the store. Her biggest supporter is Joseph Carter, a premier glove maker. Even though Elizabeth and Joseph have feelings for each other, her father does not consider him good enough for Elizabeth. I really liked learning about the department store and seeing how times have changed. It was interesting to read about the great customer service the store offered as compared to how we shop today. I hope Rachel Brimble writes another book about these character. Highly recommended!
Miss Elizabeth Pennington, age 24, is the only child of Edward and Helena Pennington. Even with her good education and wealthy background, her interest lies in retail and her father’s mammoth department store, Pennington’s. Elizabeth started work there as a shop girl and has moved up to become the head of the ladies’ department. Now, her father will not let her advance further which frustrates Elizabeth. He feels that women have no true place in business. The large majority of the store’s profits come from sales to women. Elizabeth’s mother took her own life several years ago because she could no longer take the constant disdainful treatment from her husband. Today, Elizabeth has approached her father with her ideas for improving the store and their profits. Once again, he has refused to allow her to advance and only wants her to marry a wealthy man he has chosen for her.
Joseph Carter is hoping to get Pennington’s to sell the line of Carter and Son gloves he and his father make. Joseph’s wife, Lillian, had been murdered two years ago when she was trying to help the poor and her killer has never been found.
When Joseph shows Elizabeth his ideas and gloves, she is impressed with the quality of his gloves and also with his determination to succeed which matches her own. After some meetings at the store to discuss the production of the gloves, Elizabeth finds herself drawn to him. They begin to work closely together to improve the store to continue to serve their clientele of the elite, but also offer merchandise that is affordable to everyone.
As Elizabeth strives to help the store, she also must battle her father who seeks to belittle her and her efforts. Will she be successful in her goals? Is it possible for Elizabeth and Joseph to have a future together?
I really enjoyed this clean story and found both Elizabeth and Joseph to be strong characters who truly love their jobs and want the best for everyone. There are twists and turns that the reader will find very interesting and I hope many will read it.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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