#Book Tour #Book Review #ARC – A Very Modern Marriage; R. Brimble

Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for A Very Modern Marriage, a historical novel written by R. Brimble.

First thing first, let me thank Anne and the publisher, Head of Zeus, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip* 


He needs a wife…

Manchester industrialist William Rose was a poor lad from the slums who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, but in order to achieve his greatest ambitions he must become the epitome of Victorian respectability: a family man.

She has a plan…

But the only woman who’s caught his eye is sophisticated beauty Octavia Marshall, one of the notorious ladies of Carson Street. Though she was once born to great wealth and privilege, she’s hardly respectable, but she’s determined to invest her hard-earned fortune in Mr Rose’s mills and forge a new life as an entirely proper businesswoman.

They strike a deal that promises them both what they desire the most, but William’s a fool if he thinks Octavia will be a conventional married woman, and she’s very much mistaken if she thinks the lives they once led won’t follow them wherever they go.

In the third instalment of Rachel Brimble’s exciting Victorian saga series, The Ladies of Carson Street will open the doors on a thoroughly modern marriage – and William is about to get a lot more than he bargained for… 

Historical fiction
The Ladies of Carson Street #3
Publication date: 03/02/22
Purchase links



Cover: Not really a fan.

I liked this book a lot, for various reasons. 

A Very Modern Marriage is the third installment of The Ladies of Carson Street series, but it reads as a standalone–with a plus! Brimble is skilled enough to avoid infodumps at the beginning, giving us selected info if and when we need them. A breath of fresh air, that is.

The plot itself is quite simple, featuring well-known tropes. What makes A Very Modern Marriage shine is the complexity of the characters, especially the two MCs. Both Octavia and William are crafted in an excellent way, with virtues and flaws that balance each other out. The double, omniscient POV is not my favorite, but I must admit it’s done well. Also, the prostitution theme is handled matter-of-factly: no sugarcoating, no disparaging tones. It is what it is, and that’s a huge selling point.

Good cast of characters, unsympathetic for the most part, and therefore interesting. I’m a bit tired of likable characters; I want realism, something Brimble has been able to deliver. Thank you.

The last thumb up goes to Brimble’s editors—plural, yes. I could cry tears of joy. They did a marvelous job with this book. 

Complains? A wee one: William Rose? I mean, all I saw while reading was Axl Rose waiting at the altar. 

4,5 stars on GR, rounded up to 5.


Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 25 published novels including the Ladies of Carson Street series, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

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One thought on “#Book Tour #Book Review #ARC – A Very Modern Marriage; R. Brimble

  1. Thank you SO much for such a fabulous review! Have no idea how you know I had an editor change during the writing of this book 😂😂


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