Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Tobacconist’s Wife By AnneMarie Brear and I would like to share an extract, with all of you. Thank you very much to Kelly from Love books Group for the invitation.
Publisher: Lume Books
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance
Release date: 12 11 2020
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.79 (GBP)
Kindle $5.26 (USD)/ Paperback $12.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 244
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Description of the book: Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.
It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.
But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.
That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?
Extract: York, Yorkshire, England. February 1855.
The blow to the head spun Thea into the table, upsetting the cups and plates and nearly spilling the teapot.
‘You’re useless, you know that, don’t you?’ Ernie Goodson declared, a snarl to his thin-lipped mouth.
‘What have I done wrong?’ Head pounding, Thea gripped the table edge and stared at the man she married four months ago.
‘You gave offence to Mr and Mrs Henley.’
‘I did?’ She tried to recall how. She’d seen them briefly that morning after church and bid bade them a good day.
Ernie grabbed her arms, pinching the skin beneath the wool sleeves of her slate grey dress. ‘Henley is one of my best customers! He buys my most expensive cigars and you couldn’t even raise a smile at him or ask if he was in good health! His elderly mother died only last week.’
‘I barely saw him. I promise you, I wouldn’t slight anyone.’
Another slap to the side of her face made her neck crack.
‘Listen to me! You will always smile and be polite to anyone who looks your way, especially my customers, do you understand?’ His small hazel eyes narrowed with hate as his grip tightened.
‘Yes, of course,’ she murmured, not daring to make eye contact or display any reaction to the pain. A hairpin had fallen out and her hair was coming loose.
‘You disgust me. I rue the day I ever married you. Soft I was, soft in the head for listening to your foolish father. He said you’d make me a decent wife. He said you were good and biddable. Yet, all you do is question everything I say and do.’ He threw her away from him. ‘I’m going to the Leopard.’
The slamming of the door was her only answer.
Despite it being Sunday, the popular landlord of the Leopard would have a ‘private party’ for regulars in the little snug tucked behind the tap room and everyone turned a blind eye, even the police.
Wearily, Thea sat at the table. Her head and arms hurt, but it was nothing compared to the despair in her heart. She wished that she hadn’t listened to her father, as well.
Thea and her father, Tobias Mullins, had been happy, living above his cobbler’s shop. Thea served the customers while her father made shoes for the people of York. Their life together had been simple. When her mother died two years ago, Thea stepped into the many roles her mother had taken on; she served in the shop, cleaned the small rooms above that were their living quarters and took care of her father. She missed her mother greatly, but apart from that her life went on just as it always had.
Then, seven months ago, on a hot August day, a week after her twentieth birthday, her father suffered a stroke.
About the author: An award winning and Amazon UK best seller, Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. She has a love of old country houses, travelling, chocolate (except dark chocolate – not a fan), researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.
Website:http://www.annemariebrear.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annemariebrear / Twitter: @annemariebrear.
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