The Rector’s Daughter
Charlotte, daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton, has been content to follow the path laid out for her. Charlotte has an understanding with Captain Nicolas Paget – every inch the gentleman – who she expects someday to marry. But then she meets Josiah Martyn, and everything changes…
A driven and ambitious Cornish mining engineer, and the complete opposite to Captain Nicholas, Josiah has come to London to help build the first tunnel under the river Thames. When unpredictable events occur at the inauguration of the project, Josiah and Charlotte are suddenly thrown into an unexpected intimacy.
But not everyone is happy with Charlotte and Josiah growing closer. As friends turn to foes, will they be able to rewrite the stars and find their happy ever after, although all odds seem to be stacked against them…?
Having vaguely remembered a sequence in Victoria about the opening of a tunnel under the Thames, I was keen to read this saga / historical romance set in the years before it, and see what world would be created around such a momentous situation. At the heart of things here is Charlotte, the Rector’s Daughter of the title, who finds herself with an ‘understanding’ to one man, when the handsome, earthy, Josiah, a leading engineer on the tunnel construction site.
Bringing real characters in, such as the Brunels, and making reference to historical events, and through snippets of trivia, place-names and references, we are thrown straight into the world of 1825 London. Within the fictional world, there is a mix of the good and bad here; one character in particular I did not warm to at all, but then, when you see behind the mask, they are each well-rounded people, each just trying to find happiness. There are certainly some entanglements to resolve by the end of the story, and as the story twists and turns, I’m sure that you, like me, won’t be able to put it down.
I would definitely recommend this for fans of historical sagas which pull you in and don’t let go…
Jean Fullerton is the author of thirteen novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.
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