Review: What a Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble

What a Woman Desires
Rachel Brimble

From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddlestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up...

Author Info
I live with my fantastic husband, our two young daughters and my beloved black Labrador, Max in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath.  Having always ‘played’ with writing, I didn’t seriously sit down and write toward publication until I became pregnant with my second daughter – then I told myself to get my butt in the chair and get on with it before she grows up and I’m forced to get a real job!
Lots of short stories followed as did lots of rejections!  I took a few distance learning courses, joined some online writers groups and basically, learned my craft.  Finally deciding short stories weren’t working for me (they are an art form in themselves!), in 2006 I decided to embark on my first novel and voila Searching For Sophie was born!  Since then, my other books have followed each year.
And when I’m not writing? You’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family.  And in the evening?  Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.

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As many of you know I don't read many historicals anymore. Some of my favorites authors have either moved on to paranormal or contemporaries, Julie Garwood and Catherine Coulter being two of them. So because of that I'm a little picky on who I read. I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed reading What a Woman Desires. Ms Brimble did a wonderful job of holding my attention and keeping it on the story. In fact, I really didn't want to put the book down. She writes about wonderful characters that you won't be able to not enjoy. What a Woman Desires has a very contemporary feel to it's character, along with a old world feel to the story. A great mix. Give What a Woman Desires a try I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Happy Reading! 


  1. Wow! Thank you for such a fabulous review, Ann - glad I wrote an historical you enjoyed :D x

  2. This sounds good! Nice review! I am picky with historicals, too.


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