Hello Everyone! Welcome to my stop today on the Blog Tour for The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton. I am so excited to share my review with you on this fabulous book! First a thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to participate and a thank you to author Jean Fullerton and the publisher for giving me the privilege to read and review this book. Now to find out more about this book…
The Rector’s Daughter
Josiah Martyn/Charlotte Hatton
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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…?
The Rector’s Daughter is actually the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading from author Jean Fullerton. I was so impressed with this story and Ms. Fullerton’s writing style that I’m planning on going back and reading her backlist! This was an absolutely fantastic read set in London 1825 during the building of the underwater Thames Tunnel that connects Rotherhithe and Wapping. Such an interesting and intriguing backdrop for a story!
Charlotte Hatton is the daughter of the Rector in Rotherhithe. She helps with the tasks at the rectory and within the parish in place of her mother who passed away. She’s a kind young woman who is always looking out for others.
Josiah Martyn is the Senior Engineer on site for the Thames Tunnel project. He’s a miner’s son from Cornwell who has worked hard to get where he is today.
I absolutely loved this story from beginning to end and I struggled to put it down! I instantly liked both Charlotte and Josiah and started rooting for them as a couple. From the moment they meet, they can’t stop thinking about each other. As their love grows and their feelings become known to each other and the people around them, people do their best to keep this couple apart. They were a sweet couple who faced many obstacles to get to their HEA.
Ms. Fullerton did an amazing job of pulling you into the story with her wonderful writing. It’s obvious she does tremendous research as the book is richly detailed. There were so many fabulous secondary characters that added to the suspense and enjoyment of this book. From Charlotte’s family, Mrs. Palmer & her son, Josiah’s brother & wife, the people in Rotherhithe, I could easily revisit these characters and the setting to get more of their stories. I’ll admit this story had me on the edge of my seat more than once and I found myself picking up this book frequently throughout the day to read just one more page… I would love to catch up with Josiah and Charlotte at a later date to see their family and where they ended up!
With a fabulous storyline, a couple who captured my heart and wonderful secondary characters, I absolutely loved everything about this story. This one is definitely a keeper! Highly recommend!
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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