A Very Modern Marriage (The Ladies of Carson Street #3) - Rachel Brimble
Genre: Historical Fiction | Historical Romance
Synopsis: 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...
My Thoughts: I would firstly like to thank Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions given are my own.
This book is the third instalment of The Ladies of Carson Street series, and I have not read the two previous books in the series. That being said, I now definitely need to go back and read the first two books as I enjoyed this book a lot! You can, however, read this book as a standalone novel.
There's a lot about this book that is very unexpected - things that aren't mentioned within the rather innocent looking blurb. There is a certain depth to the characters - you find out a lot about how it was to be a woman in the Victorian era. As a history nerd, I love to read things like this and to grow my general knowledge (I know it's a work of fiction), but whilst also enjoying a book. This book seemed to be well-researched and factually accurate which is something that always gets bonus points from me - there's nothing worse than historically inaccurate books! Octavia and William are two fantastic characters, they both have their own quirks and personalities, probably due to their hugely different upbringings.
Overall, I enjoyed this book far more than I was expecting to. This was the first book I've read by Rachel Brimble, but hopefully not my last. I plan to add the first two books to my never ending TBR and hopefully get to them at some point in the not too distant future!
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