He needs a wife, she needs a plan…
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Author Guest Post
Five Reasons You Should Read A Very Modern Marriage
(or indeed, the entire Ladies of Carson Street trilogy!)
A Very Modern Marriage might be the third and final part of the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, but I promise that each of the books can be read stand-alone (the first book is A Widow’s Vow, the second, Trouble For The Leading Lady). I can also promise that each book will give you plenty of drama and romance!
Here’s what else I can promise about the series…
- Each of the books is set in the wonderful, historic city of Bath, England – I am lucky enough to live just a short drive away and I love setting my books here. As I am so familiar with the city, I include a lot of real buildings, streets and landmarks in my novels which readers have told me they enjoying learning more about as they read.
- The heroines Louisa, Nancy and Octavia are prostitutes – brave, full of tenacity and fire, these women are no shrinking violets, but they are also full of compassion, empathy and a strong sense of injustice.
I hope they make you want to be just like them!
- Although I consider the Ladies of Carson Street a historical romance trilogy, the books are definitely darker and grittier than your average romance! Set in the backstreets of Victorian Bath, you are more likely to find my characters taking a pint in the local tavern than tea in the Pump room, and more likely to seem them under arrest than receiving a medal from the Queen…
- When I started writing A Very Modern Marriage, I knew it would be the final book in the series and wanted to explore taking Octavia away from Bath to the cotton mills of Manchester. I loved researching and finding out about the Victorian cotton industry and how it was both and good in its prospects for Great Britain at the time. Some of the scenes in Manchester, especially at William’s (the hero) home are my favorites of the entire novel.
- The Ladies of Carson Street is all about female empowerment and when I was creating Louisa, Nancy and Octavia, I drew inspiration from women who achieved amazing things in the past. Whether in work, family, relationships or survival against the odds, I love immersing myself in strong female characters and the men they meet who match them as equals. It’s that strength against adversity that keeps me at the keyboard, day after day, then throw in a good happy ever after and I’m done.
About the Book
A Very Modern Marriage
Ladies of Carson St Book Three
by Rachel Brimble
Publishing 12 August 2022
Genre: Historical Romance
Page Count: 368
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He needs a wife…
Manchester industrialist William Rose was a poor lad from the slums who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, but in order to achieve his greatest ambitions he must become the epitome of Victorian respectability: a family man.
She has a plan…
But the only woman who’s caught his eye is sophisticated beauty Octavia Marshall, one of the notorious ladies of Carson Street. Though she was once born to great wealth and privilege, she’s hardly respectable, but she’s determined to invest her hard-earned fortune in Mr Rose’s mills and forge a new life as an entirely proper businesswoman.
They strike a deal that promises them both what they desire the most, but William’s a fool if he thinks Octavia will be a conventional married woman, and she’s very much mistaken if she thinks the lives they once led won’t follow them wherever they go.
In the third instalment of Rachel Brimble’s exciting Victorian saga series, The Ladies of Carson Street will open the doors on a thoroughly modern marriage – and William is about to get a lot more than he bargained for…
There was something beguiling about a woman who spoke so eloquently, who clearly knew much of the world and wasn’t afraid to challenge and speak with a gentleman of wealth and standing. She was feisty, certainly. But it was more than that. Octavia Marshall had clear control of her emotions and an aptitude for conversation that challenged and intrigued him, that made him want to be a better man, to impress her with his strengths and play down any weaknesses.
He had never met a woman so mysterious yet open, so tormenting yet serious. It was baffling, but entirely captivating and the combination made his body shift carnally.
Dangerous. That’s what she was… very, very dangerous.
And he had to put a stop to her enchantment.
‘Octavia.’ He reached out as she stopped outside a closed bedroom door, gently but firmly grasping her elbow. ‘We should talk.’
Her hand slipped from the door and concern darkened her eyes. ‘Are you all right?’
William looked deep into her eyes and felt as though he was teetering on the edge of something he couldn’t explain. He released her elbow and pushed his hand into his hair. ‘I didn’t come here to be alone with you this way.’
Her gaze drifted over his face before she slowly lifted her incredible lashes and pinned him to the floor with her brilliant blue gaze. ‘Do you want to be with me now?’
‘I can’t make love to you when—’
‘You won’t be making love to me.’ She lightly touched her fingers to his jaw. ‘This is a business arrangement. The same as any other.’
A spike of something that felt far too much like a blow hit the centre of his chest and he swallowed. What in God’s name was happening to him? Since when did he react so uncertainly to anything… anyone?
About the Author
Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 25 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.
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