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!!> Download ➽ The Penmaker's Wife ➸ Author Steve Robinson – Submityoursite.info After a traumatic opening and first meeting of Angelica Chastain and her young son William, the story jumps 16 years to 1896 in Birmingham and swearing of events that lead from 1880 to present day The beginning of this swearing is a statement of love for Angelica followed by what this person says Angelica confided in her and what she witnessed herself.Beauty is definitely only skin deep where Angelica is concerned as men underestimate her and most women sense that there is something very off wi After a traumatic opening and first meeting of Angelica Chastain and her young son William, the story jumps 16 years to 1896 in Birmingham and swearing of events that lead from 1880 to present day The beginning of this swearing is a statement of love for Angelica followed by what this person says Angelica confided in her and what she witnessed herself.Beauty is definitely only skin deep where Angelica is concerned as men underestimate her and most women sense that there is something very off with her Her goal in life is to lift her son out of poverty and into much wealthier circles so that he will never want for anything The drawback of being so beautiful though is how memorable it makes her, making her an easy target for anyone wanting to make a quick few shillings or for pure self gratification.The author creates a vivid picture of the huge divide between the poor and upper classes of the Victorian era and the people who lived in each The characters are very well developed in the story with some tender and light moments between friendships that develop making some of what happens, feel evenshocking The end just knocked me sideways Brilliant round up I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly I have read and enjoyed all the books in this author s Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery series, so was intrigued to see this stand alone historical thriller, set in Victorian Birmingham, come up on NetGalley The summary gives an idea of what it s about but I think it s better not to know too much about the plot going in, as the shocking truth of what has been going on is gradually revealed.A beautiful young woman throws herself into the Thames, with her five year old son in her arms, in ord I have read and enjoyed all the books in this author s Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery series, so was intrigued to see this stand alone historical thriller, set in Victorian Birmingham, come up on NetGalley The summary gives an idea of what it s about but I think it s better not to know too much about the plot going in, as the shocking truth of what has been going on is gradually revealed.A beautiful young woman throws herself into the Thames, with her five year old son in her arms, in order to evade her dark past and begin again Moving to the well to do suburb of Edgbaston, she befriends another young mother and manages to secure a position as a governess, but her relentless ambition for her son drives her every calculated move When the past threatens her security, she will do whatever it takes to keep her secrets from emerging.Told in both the third person past, and by an unknown first person narrator sixteen years later, this follows Angelica s rise from desperate refugee to wife of a prosperous penmaker this is not a spoiler it s the title using only her wits, charm and beauty, but not everyone is seduced and our sympathy for her soon wanes How much you enjoy this will come down to whether you need to like your Main Character or not Angelica is no Becky Sharp I liked the descriptions of late nineteenth century London and Birmingham, and learned a little about the penmaking industry, not something I ve ever given much thought to Most of the secondary characters are somewhat two dimensional and parts of the plot difficult to believe The romance is unexpected but not overdone, and I thought the ending was quite clever 3.5 rounded up for good writing and the author coming up with something quite different, but I hope he returns to the lovable JT for his next book My thanks to NetGalley andUK for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review The Penmaker s Wife is published today Synopsis In the London of 1880, twenty two year old Angelica Chastain drags her five year old son William along with her She s watching out for the man pursuing her as she makes her way towards the bridge so that she can jump into the Thames.In Winson Green, Birmingham of 1896, the narrator is the one revealing the story about Angelica, about the relationship they share, and how all that she did was only for WilliamReview Spanning some sixteen years, this is a twisted and cruel talSynopsis In the London of 1880, twenty two year old Angelica Chastain drags her five year old son William along with her She s watching out for the man pursuing her as she makes her way towards the bridge so that she can jump into the Thames.In Winson Green, Birmingham of 1896, the narrator is the one revealing the story about Angelica, about the relationship they share, and how all that she did was only for WilliamReview Spanning some sixteen years, this is a twisted and cruel tale This is the first book I m reading by Steve Robinson I wasn t aware that he is a London based crime writer Yep I went in blind in this book, picked it based on the blurb only And what a story it turned out to be It starts with a prologue in the London of 1880 while the story starts some sixteen years later in the first person, as narrated by the mysterious narrator The narrator remains an unknown entity until about half the book, which adds to the mystery And from there it proceeds in the third person as the narrator unveils the past.sometimes one has to die to be born againAngelica Wren ne Chastain, of French descent, is afraid of telling her son what happened that they had to run, wondering what he will think of her if she did She just manages to tell him that his daddy s dead and that he need not be afraid any longer But that man still finds her He is a meanie, this Tom Blanchard He knows what she did and blackmails her by pimping her out He takes her money, rapes her, but Angelica finds a way out again, even though their first week in Birmingham is spent in squalor They spent a few days on the streets before a certain Mr Featherstone took pity on them, brought them to the almshouses, and ensured they were provided for, along with some money It was good to know about the philanthropy though because Dickens accuses in Bleak House the Victorian society of the 1830s in the adjoining counties of London for its irresponsibility towards the less fortunate Though it s something when I say that in certain instances Victorian England s filthiness shines in all its glory.Some of the chapters start with the narrator relaying events from the past, followed by the actual happenings in the past From when the narrator met Angelica for the first time, how they came to be acquainted.What good was making the acquaintance of a mistress s nanny when it was the mistress herself that Angelica aspired to be Angelica appears to be devious, but I won t fault her after the kind of life she has run from But her true nature, whether good or bad is for you to find out, is left a mystery till the very end There are indications though, throughout the text, which I must admit I didn t want to believe How she makes, the way she makes a life for herself and her son William with Stanley Hampton is a mind blowing concept that the author came up with And that too way back in the 1800s Maybe that is how crime fiction works but it still awed me Stanley is the co owner of Hampton and Moore, along with Alfred Moore They re penmakers and the latter has only a daughter, Louisa.While Georgina Hampton s Stanley s wife friends gradually become Angelica s too, Effie and Violet, there s always this pleasantness which as a reader doesn t make you aware of what is to come next It is a sense of security before the author throws you into the deep end, and that is what had me so damn impressed It seemed that her past was not yet ready to let her go on with the happy life she was building for herself and William, and something had to be done about that.The story engaged me like nothing else Everything is gradually revealed and it kept me hooked, wanting to know why everything that happened, happened Wanting to understand the motivation behind it Who s the actual protagonist Is the story about the protagonist or is it about an antagonist There are twists and turns till the very end which will keep you guessing.If you love crime fiction in the domestic sphere in a historical set up, you will love reading this one.P.S I read somewhere that a dramatized first person narration is an established tradition in the European novel and this book proves it.Thank you to Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for an e ARC of the book.Originally posted on Shaina s Musings I received this from Netgalley.com for a review Birmingham, 1880 Angelica Chastain has fled from London with her young son, William She promises him a better life, far away from the terrors they left behind.Great story, well told I love these femme fatale characters that are so very charming and so very devious Good read I look forward to readingby this author.4.25 stars Find this and other reviews at it wrong to admit the blood tipped pen on the cover of Steve Robinson s The Penmaker s Wife prompted my reading the book Does that make me an odd duck Do I really care if it does Set in the late nineteenth century, The Penmaker s Wife represents a much needed respite from the glut of twentieth century fiction currently dominating the market I mean no offense to those writing or reading the latter, I love such stories, Find this and other reviews at it wrong to admit the blood tipped pen on the cover of Steve Robinson s The Penmaker s Wife prompted my reading the book Does that make me an odd duck Do I really care if it does Set in the late nineteenth century, The Penmaker s Wife represents a much needed respite from the glut of twentieth century fiction currently dominating the market I mean no offense to those writing or reading the latter, I love such stories, but I needed a change of pace and was happy to lose myself in the streets and shops of Birmingham circa 1880.Robinson offers an edgy and intense intro, but the story settles into a slower pace as it progresses The sedate nature of the narrative, however, should not be underestimated as the material grows steadily darker with each twist and turn Robinson s characters aren t always likable, but they aren t meant to be This is story is one of desperate and ruthless ambition, of false impressions, falsehood, and cold blooded murder.Having said this, I admit I am hesitant to compare The Penmaker s Wife to Alias Grace or Peaky Blinders I understand the pitch, but I felt the storyin line with that of Martin Connolly s Dark Angel or Peter Ackroyd s The Limehouse Golem and would have no trouble recommending the novel to fans of dark mysteries Despite reading the premise for this book, I went in completely oblivious to the tale that lay ahead I must have skimmed the description, took it as historical fiction and added it to my TBR list Never in a million years did I foresee what was to come I have not come across Steve Robinson before but this, THE PENMAKER S WIFE, is a standalone tale of a different kind How far would a mother go to give her child the best possible life Set in the Victorian era of the late 19th century, the story Despite reading the premise for this book, I went in completely oblivious to the tale that lay ahead I must have skimmed the description, took it as historical fiction and added it to my TBR list Never in a million years did I foresee what was to come I have not come across Steve Robinson before but this, THE PENMAKER S WIFE, is a standalone tale of a different kind How far would a mother go to give her child the best possible life Set in the Victorian era of the late 19th century, the story begins in 1880 with beautiful young mother Angelica throwing herself into the Thames with her 5 year old son William in her arms in order to escape her past and thus begin a new life A rail journey booked for Birmingham will see them on their way, but not before a face from the past she is fleeing from catches up with her and blackmails her into submission Seeing no other way out, Angelica acquiescesand then there were three.Tom Blanchard was not someone to be messed with He was a low life degenerate making his living off the immoral earnings of women, and children, which is exactly what he had in mind for Angelicaand William, when he was old enough Worse still, Blanchard knew just what she was running from so from him there was no escapeyet But Angelica endeavoured to find a way, before he put her to work to earn his keep, and until then she would bide her time When it came, it was not a minute too soonfleeing to the streets that felt far safer than in Blanchard s care.A chance meeting whilst walking in the park one day sees opportunity knock when William began playing with another young lad his age whilst Angelica befriended his young mother, Georgina Hampton After an invitation to tea the following day, Angelica manages to secure herself a position as governess to Georgina s son Alexanderas well as the expected arrival of another in a few short months As soon as Angelica set eyes on Priory House, she knew that s what she wanted for herself and William But as governess that freedom was not hers to claim although, upon moving in, it had become their home toostill Angelica wantedBut to what length The Hamptons are clearly fond of William and the boys became inseparable, so it isn t long before Georgina informed Angelica that the same privileges that afforded Alexander would be William s also She would tutor them both until they were old enough to be sent away to school, afterwhich Angelica would have a new charge in light of Georgina s pregnancy Despite being a governess, Angelica and Georgina became good friends which also extends to her small circle of close companions, Effie and Violet So when tragedy strikes one afternoon while the two women are out walking with their boys, the path of Angelica s life changed irrevocably Devastated at the loss of her close friend and companion, Angelica, fearing her dismissal, once again saw an opportunity The boys were now away at school, there would no longer be a child so her services were no longer required Using her charm, beauty and wit she catches the eye of her friend s widower Stanley, fresh from his grief, and head over heels in love with her Three years after Georgina s tragic demise, Stanley and Angelica marryand she becomes the penmaker s wife.But not everyone is please with the union Violet, the former Mrs Hampton s closest friend, doesn t like Angelica and suspects she is up to something nefarious Whilst Effie, a young woman two years her junior, is in love with Angelica And so begins the secret relationship between the two women with stolen moments and discreet afternoons But is the feeling mutual or just another opportunity to exploit and manipulate However when her past comes knocking and threatens all that Angelica has built up, she will do whatever it takes and stop at nothing to keep her secrets from being exposed.Told in a progressive timeline from 1880 to 1896, in retrospect and in the present, THE PENMAKER S WIFE is the story of Angelica Chastain, a woman with whom we sympathise and even admire as she rises from the gutter to become a woman of substance But that sympathy soon wanes as her ulterior motives become obvious and we realise that she is nothingthan a manipulative conniving opportunist who will allow nothing and nobody to get in the way of her ambitions for her son And as the story progresses, it soon becomes clear that Angelica is evendevious and wicked than she at first appeared.With a remarkably high body count, THE PENMAKER S WIFE combines historical fiction with dark thriller noir in the Victorian era that does not fail to keep the reader engaged There is just enough information about penmaking to keep it plausible without getting too much into intricacies as well as the lesbian affair between Angelica and Effie which isof a subplot that does not detract from the main story Compelling and effective in setting and atmosphere, it is easy to lose yourself to the life and times of the characters Each setting was described so well that I felt I was there watching Angelica stealthily move by gaslight along the dirty streets to the exquisite rooms and halls of Priory House The strength in each character is also well developed that you either want to love them or loathe them and added to the dark atmosphere of the Victorian era where I half expected to see Jack the Ripper in the shadows makes THE PENMAKER S WIFE a hugely enjoyable tale that is unputdownable from start to finish.I m so glad I came across THE PENMAKER S WIFE because it most certainly did not disappoint I thoroughly enjoyed watching the story unfold with no idea where it was going in this deliciously dark historical thriller filled with deceit, manipulation, secrets and murder.Tense, intriguing and very atmospheric, THE PENMAKER S WIFE is a brilliant and well told tale that is completely unique in concept with an ending that is quite delicious When I opened this book, I had no idea where the journey would take me but I enjoyed every minute of it If you love historical mysteries, particularly those of a different kind, then don t go past THE PENMAKER S WIFE Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed.I would like to thank SteveRobinson, NetGalley and PublishingUK for an ARC of ThePenmakersWife in exchange for an honest review.This review appears on my blog at I m not a big reader of historical fiction but chose the Penmaker s Wife because I know Birmingham s Jewellery Quarter and thought the idea of learningabout pen making might be interesting Well, that was a bit of a dumb idea I m no wiser on pen making after reading this than I was before and that s a bit disappointing I am, however, educated on lots of different ways to kill off people who get in your way With a remarkably high body count, this nasty tale of Angelica Chastelain, conn I m not a big reader of historical fiction but chose the Penmaker s Wife because I know Birmingham s Jewellery Quarter and thought the idea of learningabout pen making might be interesting Well, that was a bit of a dumb idea I m no wiser on pen making after reading this than I was before and that s a bit disappointing I am, however, educated on lots of different ways to kill off people who get in your way With a remarkably high body count, this nasty tale of Angelica Chastelain, conniver, killer and cold hearted social climber, feels like low grade fan fiction for Gentleman Jack and every Victorian BBC drama that purported to show a downtrodden and abused poor woman dragging herself out of the rather stinky gutter.I found Angelica impossible to like and hard to believe No surprise that the author is male as this character feels very much like a man dressed up in a shiny frock I didn t find her a convincing female character at all Throwing in a slightly racy lesbian affair didn t detract from a poorly plotted tale that relied too much on people not recognising each other and not bumping into their pasts Every now and then, the author shoe horns in a bit of book research a description of a building that would recently have opened, or the name of the latest hot Gilbert and Sullivan opera To me, this read as if somebody had a book of top things that happened that year and then proceeded to pepper the prose with a few bits of borrowed authenticity I m no historian, but I also was unconvinced by some of the financial dealings of Angelica She pays a man 4 sovereigns to follow another for a few days, but her son and his step brother get a legacy of just 20 and she buys off a business manager for just 50 I may well be wrong, but checking an online site that estimates current values of past money, 50 would be about 6 7000 in today s money which seems like not a lot to compensate a man for a lifetime s work and expect him to be grateful.There s a damning phrase I have picked up from reading Goodreads reviews which says that good fiction should show not tell I m afraid this one is all tell and very little show It s a quick read that won t keep you from your other books for too long, but it needs a lot of polishing before it will like one of its shiny new fountain pens stop leaking all over your top pocket I wrote this I hope you enjoy reading it o Angelica will do anything to protect her son, William All she wanted was the best for her son But nothing was ever going to be easy She manages to secure a job as a Governess She eventually marries the wealthy penmaker and has a very close relationship with her new friend, Effie But will Angelica ever escape her past The narrative is told I the third voice Angelica is trying to make better lives for herself and her son but at the same time she s also trying to avoid her past The descripti Angelica will do anything to protect her son, William All she wanted was the best for her son But nothing was ever going to be easy She manages to secure a job as a Governess She eventually marries the wealthy penmaker and has a very close relationship with her new friend, Effie But will Angelica ever escape her past The narrative is told I the third voice Angelica is trying to make better lives for herself and her son but at the same time she s also trying to avoid her past The descriptions of the era make you glad you weren t around then The history behind thr pen making was interesting I never saw the final twist coming The book is well written and its plotline gripping The characters were complex I read this book in one sitting My first read by the author but I will be looking out for him in future.I would like to thank NetGalleyPublishing UK and the author Steve Robinson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review In Victorian England, A Mother Is On The Run From Her Past And The Truth About What She DidBirmingham, Angelica Chastain Has Fled From London With Her Young Son, William She Promises Him A Better Life, Far Away From The Terrors They Left BehindSecuring A Job As A Governess, Angelica Captures The Attention Of Wealthy Widower Stanley Hampton Soon They Marry And The Successful Future Angelica Envisaged For William Starts To Fall Into PlaceBut The Past Will Not Let Angelica Go As The People In Her Husband S Circle, Once Captivated By Her Charm, Begin To Question Her Motives, It Becomes Clear That Forgetting Where She Came From And Who She Ran From Is ImpossibleWhen Tragedy Threatens To Expose Her And Destroy Everything She S Built For Herself And William, 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