As is true for many women, my introduction to motherhood was not an easy one. In fact, from the moment my eldest daughter was put into my arms, I wondered what on earth I was supposed to do next. Although my heart was fit to bursting with love for this beautiful, dark haired baby girl, I was also terrified of getting everything wrong. Of not knowing how to feed her, change her, wash her hair…everything.
Yet, I managed it all, learning as I went along.
I was lucky enough to stay at home full-time and, from day one, Jessica became the centre of my world. My everything. We were inseparable and, as a baby who decided fairly early on that it was a good idea to sleep for only two hours at a time, we spent A LOT of time together.
Two and half years later, her little sister, Hannah, came along and our family was complete.
Our girls are now twenty and eighteen and they are absolutely my biggest achievement. It fills me up just to look at them and see the young women they’ve become.
Most women have a phenomenal woman in their lives who inspires them. Often, they are older, more experienced and wiser. I, too, am lucky enough to have these women in my life, BUT it is truly my daughters who are my biggest inspiration.
And I can’t thank God enough for bringing them to me.
Jessica is studying policing and criminal justice in Plymouth and Hannah is studying musical theatre at the prestigious Italia Conti in London.
They are both living independently and absolutely thriving. Their confidence is something I could’ve only dreamed of having at their respective ages. They are kind, funny, loving, intelligent and talented. Whenever I find myself doubting myself or afraid to try something new, I think of my girls and focus on what they would do in the situation.
They push me forward. Make me want to be better and do better. They lift me up whenever I’m feeling down, and they tell me all the time how I inspire and influence them, too.
I love our girls more than life itself and it fills me with immense pride to share that love with the LoveRomanceReads visitors.
Women are amazing. Strong and resilient. Beautiful and powerful.
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A Rebel at Pennington's
One woman's journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington's Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women's progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.
When Esther and Lawrence meet, their mutual understanding of life's challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists' determination to secure the vote.
Will Esther's rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?
Rachel Brimble lives in a small market town near Bath, England with her family and beloved chocolate Labrador. Published by Harlequin, Kensington, The Wild Rose Press and Aria Fiction, when she's not writing, Rachel likes to read, knit and walk the beautiful English countryside.