Introducing my latest hero and heroine, Francis Carlyle & Nancy Bloom...

TROUBLE FOR THE LEADING LADY is book 2 in my latest historical series, the Ladies of Carson Street - although, of course, both titles can be read as stand alone novels :)

This book tells Nancy's story - best friend and confidante to Louisa Hill, the heroine of book 1 (A Widow's Vow). Nancy is a prositute, but she is also a good-time girl who loves nothing more than entertaining the working classes in the local tavern, The White Hart.

It is while she is standing atop a table singing her heart out that theatre manager Francis Carlyle sees Nancy for the first time. He soon realises he has found the star for the autobiograpical play he has written. A play he is determined will be shown at Bath's Theatre Royal despite the resistance of the theatre's owner.

Things do not go smoothly for Nancy and Francis, whether together or apart - past trauma, current societal differences and future trust all hamper their chances of success... What these two theatre loving characters do not expect is their work to take them deep into the perils and struggles of the workhouse and beyond - could Nancy and Francis really become the ultimate team on and off stage?

I cannot tell you how much I love Nancy and Francis, they are (at least to me!) a match made in heaven. and once you've read Trouble For The Leading Lady, I love to know if you agree!

TROUBLE FOR THE LEADING LADY is out right now - here is the blurb & buy links...


Bath, 1852.

As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath's Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.

His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.

Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he'd find her standing on a table in one of Bath's bawdiest pubs.

Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?

The second in Rachel Brimble's thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.

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