The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton
Today I am so pleased to join the tour for The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, the author and publisher for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
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…?
I first fell in love with Jean Fullerton’s writing after reading A Ration Book Christmas just over a year ago.
In The Rector’s Daughter, we are taken right back to the early 1800s and introduced to Charlotte Hatton, daughter of Reverand Percival Hatton. Charlotte does what she can for the parish and shows compassion for others who are not as fortunate as herself.
By chance, she meets Josiah, an engineer working on the construction of the pioneering Rotherhithe Tunnel. Josiah is ambitious and hardworking but from a much different background to Charlotte. The friendship grows into a deeper relationship but Charlotte knows that she will never be allowed to marry Josiah. Her father has his own plans for a partner for Charlotte, one which will improve her social standing.
This is a gripping novel with all the intricate historical detail which comes with a Jean Fullerton book. It draws you in from the first chapter and takes you on a journey full of drama, secrets, and class conflict. As always the characters are beautifully portrayed and my heart went out to Charlotte at times.
The book is extremely well researched and I found the story informative and compelling. I can’t wait to see what Jean Fullerton writes next, she is a brilliant author and born storyteller.
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.