I am delighted today to welcome into Kit’s Library, one of my favourite authors – the lovely RACHEL BRIMBLE. Bestselling writer of 29 contemporary, historical and romantic fiction stories, her books have always been a delight to read. If you love any of these genres, I know you will fall in love with her them. Over to you, Rachel.
What I Love About The Historical Fiction Genre
by Rachel Brimble
Where do I start??
The short answer is that I love everything about historical fiction because I am a complete
history nut! As well as fiction, I read piles and piles of historical non-fiction books and
biographies… especially about past British royals. However, as much as I adore historical
nonfiction, fiction allows creativity to run a little wild and both the author and the reader get
to enjoy imagined scenarios and conversations with both real and fictional characters.
I am currently writing my first series of novels to include real historical characters and events
and it is somewhat terrifying, yet SO much fun, too. The first book in the series Victoria &
Violet releases 17th October and is available for preorder right now – here’s the Amazon link:
Historical fiction and historical romance caters to anyone who loves the past – whether it be the architecture, the clothes, the social etiquette or fascination with the differences in the classes. Opening a book of historical fiction means the reader is about to be transported back to a different time, a different culture and different experiences.
What I love about historical romance in particular is that no matter the storyline or period,
emotion would not have been felt any differently in Georgian, Regency or Victorian times so
the inner journeys of the characters will always resonate with modern readers. That is why
historical romance is essential for any history lover with a romantic heart. If historical
romance is done right, it provides the reader with a slice of history, informs them a little
about the societal norms of the period but also tells a wonderful love story that will move
them in the same way as a romance set in 2022.
I have many favourite historical fiction and romance authors that I admire and automatically
buy anything they write. For historical fiction, I don’t think you can beat Philippa Gregory
and Alison Weir. For historical romance, it has to be Julia Quinn and Julia London. If I could
create and write stories half as well as these authors, I would feel I had succeeded! I suppose
admitting that is not the best way to sell my own books, is it? Haha!
Yet, I am always one to give credit where credit is due, and plotting has (and I fear always
will be) a challenge for me, but these authors (and many more) continue to devise amazing
stories, not to mention series, that I have read and re-read. My admiration is that deep. Any
author who does not study the work of authors they admire misses out on a huge learning
Historical fiction is undoubtedly my favourite genre and what I love about it the most? The
pure joy of losing myself in a time gone by!
Rachel’s Book News:
Rachel’s latest book is A Very Modern Marriage and is available now! Here’s the blurb and
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…
Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of 29 novels including the
Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove
Stories (Harlequin). Her latest novel, Victoria & Violet, is the first book in her new Royal
Maids series with the Wild Rose Press and releases 17th October 2022.
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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Thank you so much for joining me in Kit’s Library, Rachel. It’s been a pleasure.
Don’t forget, writers and readers, if you would like to come and join me in Kit’s Library discussing any topic book or reading related, please do contact me. I’d love to hear from you and you would be most welcome.