Female Empowerment & The Pennington’s Department Store Series

 It’s pretty clear from the Pennington’s tagline line ‘Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise’ from where the inspiration for my latest series originated.

I LOVED these shows, but something was always missing for me - I wanted more from the female characters. I wanted to know more about their hopes, dreams and wishes. More about their lives away from their work. What were their families like? Their histories? Their past pains and failures? Who inspires them? What do they want to change?

Soon, I identified the theme of a brand-new series that I couldn’t wait to start writing and the theme of that series was ‘female empowerment’.

I much prefer writing a series of books, rather than single titles, because it gives the readers and (and me!) the opportunity to really get to know a big cast of characters and their conflicts. There is nothing I like more than using starring characters and secondary characters to move their journeys forward, to interact and bring them back and forth onstage as the stories and series unfolds.

The first book in the Pennington’s Department Store series (The Mistress of Pennington’s) is about the challenges women faced if they had ambition in the early 20th century. The second book (both can be read stand alone), A Rebel At Pennington’s, is set against the backdrop of women’s suffrage around the time the campaigning neared fever pitch.

Votes for Women and the struggles women before us faced during the fight has fascinated and enthralled me since I was a teenager and I always knew I’d write a novel with suffrage as the backdrop one day. When Esther Stanbury (the heroine) emerged in the first book, I’d found my suffragist character who would star in the second book.

I have so much passion for women’s suffrage, the strength and sacrifices the women who stood before us made that this book was an absolute joy to write. I really hope my passion for the subject—not to my belief in true love—comes across in the book and readers love Esther and Lawrence’s (the hero) journey as much as I do.

Happy Reading!



One woman's journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.

1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington's Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women's progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.
When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life's challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists' determination to secure the vote.
Will Esther's rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

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