Charlotte is the daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton. She’s been ok to follow the path set out for her. She’s happy to help the poorer people of the parish (much to her father’s annoyance.)
She also has an understanding with Captain Nicholas Paget who she is expected to marry.
Everything in Charlotte’s world changes when she meets Josiah Martyn.
Josiah is in the area to help build the first tunnel under the River Thames. He’s an ambitious, Cornish mining engineer and he is the complete opposite to Nicholas. He is not at all the man the Reverend wants for his daughter.
Josiah and Charlotte grow closer. Can they defy the odds against them and have their happy ever after?
The Rector’s Daughter is, I am ashamed to admit, the first novel I have read by Jean Fullerton.
Charlotte is a character I warmed to straight away. She is a good person, who, in and out of love, is having to fight against the expectation of her class and gender.
The supporting characters are a mixture of wonderful and outright horrible. Some I wanted to throw in a cupboard and throw away the key. Haha.
This novel had a great plot surrounding these two main characters. There were twists, turns and moments where I full on shouted at the page.
I really enjoyed the history in this novel and learning what it must have been like for these men but also an insight of the life women led which has always fascinated me. It puts a spotlight on how far equality has come. Jean Fullerton has clearly undergone a lot of research for this book and it shows.
The only thing I would add would be another novel. I want to know what happens next.
The Rector’s Daughter was an enjoyable historical saga and I couldn’t put it down, desperate to find out what happened.
This novel is perfect to curl up with. I loved it.
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.
The Rector’s Daughter was released by Corvus on 7th November 2019.
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