Tour: CHRISTMAS AT PENNINGTON’S by Rachel Brimble

Christmas at CoverChristmas At Pennington’s

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Gripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.

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Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

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For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

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For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

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For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

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Author Bio –
Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

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In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.

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Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/

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***EXCERPT***This scene takes place when Cornelia and Stephen, our hero and heroine, take some time away from Pennington’s and meet in a local teashop. She desperately wants Stephen’s advice, as an ex-policeman, of how she can ensure she is granted custody of her sons during her upcoming divorce hearing. Shame already surrounds her and now she must make herself even more vulnerable if she is to win the fight of her life…

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Cornelia silently willed Stephen to ask another question, but the ensuing silence made it clear he wouldn’t until she spoke further. How could she have expected he’d be any different? He was an ex-police sergeant. A man used to exercising patience, listening and making people talk, persuading them into confessing things they would prefer to keep buried. Her vulnerability threatened to sabotage her courage, but she had to push on for Alfred and Francis. She could not lose them.

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After she’d poured her tea, added milk and sugar, she forced herself to meet Stephen’s gaze. ‘David has been having an affair for several years. An affair I discovered, and which he told me was over. I believed him but soon uncovered it had neither ended nor lapsed at any time. I told him I wanted a divorce and he laughed but did not contest it. I thought everything would be done and over with cleanly and quickly. Until he told me he wanted the children.’

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Deep concern burned in his dark brown eyes. ‘So, you want my advice on the best chance to swing the judge’s decision in your favour?’ He exhaled heavily. ‘I’m sorry.’

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‘Sorry?’ Disappointment dropped like a stone into her stomach. ‘You think the judge will rule for David? He’ll take the children?’

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The urge to stand and shout at Stephen that he was wrong swept through her. David would not take the children. Would not ruin her life when she’d finally found the courage and strength to leave him, to move them to a new city so she could raise Alfred and Francis with standards and morals that surpassed her husband’s in every way.

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‘Cornelia.’ He gently covered her hand on the table. ‘I said sorry, because if you want your children, you’re going to have to fight for them. With everything you have in your arsenal. Affairs happen. Husbands and wives cheat as though they are the only people their behaviour affects. That is neither true nor acceptable. As a policeman, I have seen…’ His jaw tightened. ‘So much hurt, spite and anger thrown between two people who are meant to love one another. Marriages that were arranged. Marriages that were forsaken and abused. Marriages…’

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A shadow fell across the table, and he abruptly pulled his hand from hers. His expression transformed when he smiled at the waitress.

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‘Your cakes, sir and madam. Is there anything else I can get for you?’

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‘No, thank you.’

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‘No, thank you.’

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They answered in unison and tension filled the air. Cornelia had no idea how to dispel it. For months, she’d known the gravity of the situation she faced, but to hear Stephen speak with such passion – such truth – had thrown her into a whole new sphere of panic.
The waitress retreated, and Cornelia fought to calm her racing heart. If she wanted Stephen’s help and experience, she had to be entirely honest with him. Reveal every skeleton in her closet. Did she really think she wouldn’t have to make the abuse she’d suffered public? Her divorce was a fight to the bitter end and she had to use everything she had to keep Alfred and Francis safe and happy.

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She swallowed. ‘Past indignities make me reluctant to share what needs to be made public. To have my brother and his wife hear of what I endured…’ Tears pricked her eyes. ‘I really want there to be another way, but I know, deep inside, telling the judge everything is exactly what I have to do.’

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Stephen’s gaze grew intense on hers. ‘Which is?’

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‘David hit me. He hit me many, many times.’

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