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Release day: The Tobacconist’s Wife

12 November 2020

Today is the official release of The Tobacconist’s Wife by AnneMarie Brear (ebook and paperback, Lume Books). Here’s the blurb:

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?

AnneMarie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I hope readers enjoy The Tobacconist’s Wife as much as I enjoyed writing it. I was really excited to bring Thea and Adam’s story to life as they both struggle against what is expected of them and find the happiness they deserve. I wanted to make note of a few things in the book that readers might find interesting. I used a historical 1852 map of York, England, for my research base of where my characters lived. This map showed two Black Swan Hotels, one on Coney Street, which is no longer there and one on Peasholme Green, which still stands. Also on the map it shows on Coney Street and the corner of New Street the building of Messer’s Swan, Clough & Company Bank and a little further up the Leopard Public House, both of which no longer exist. The House of Correction on Baile Hill across from the courthouse and over the other side of the River Ouse was demolished in the 1870s. York is a beautiful town, and one I love to walk around and imagine life as it was historically. If you have the chance to visit York I recommend you do so.

You can find out more about this book at AnneMarie’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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  1. 16 November 2020 6:06 am

    Huge congrats AnneMarie!

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