Period Drama & The Shop Girl series...


Anyone who knows me (or follows me on social media) knows how much I ADORE TV period drama! From Mr Selfridge and The Paradise (which both inspired the Shop Girl series) to The Tudors, Downton Abbey and Poldark, I love them all!

As a complete history geek, I do not have a favourite historical period as such so I am willing to watch and read historical dramas or books set in any era - the only aspect of the stories I can't get enough of is inclusion and focus on the women's issues of the day.

And it was looking for that which inspired me to write the Shop Girl series - as much as I loved Mr Selfridge, the difficulties the female characters faced always felt missing. I wanted to know more about their home lives, their aspirations and dreams. Of course, the ambition of Denise in The Paradise was something that I was entirely immersed in and became the driving force for the first book in the series, A Shop Girl In Bath (previously The Mistress of Pennington's).

From there, I embraced female empowerment as the series theme and covered women's suffrage (A Shop Girl Gets The Vote), divorce in the early 20th century (A Shop Girl's Christmas) and women's survival or inner strength (A Shop Girl At Sea).

Much to my family's amazement (or annoyance) I continue to watch as many period dramas I possibly can as well as reading piles of historical fiction and non-fiction - and, of course, I class the hours spent watching or reading as research. Which they most definitely are!

Why not give the Shop Girls series a try? I would love to know what you think... here's the Amazon series links where all four full-length novels can be downloaded in one easy click!


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