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Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Welcoming Heidi Gallacher and her book - Rebecca's Choice - to my blog

 Today I'm welcoming Heidi Gallacher and her book - Rebecca's Choice - to my blog as part of the blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club (founded by Mary Anne Yarde)

I am delighted to share a review with you all but first I will introduce the book.

Rebecca's Choice

Can Rebecca find the love and passion she craves within a Victorian world that seems to be conspiring against her?’

It is 1887 and Queen Victoria is on the throne. Businessman and meteorologist Geoffrey de Roussier is passionate about his weather station and railways, yet little of his passion seems to filter through to his shy, naïve young wife, Rebecca. 

Following his tragic demise, Rebecca discovers that Geoffrey’s railroad investments have failed, leaving her penniless. As the past threatens to engulf her, Rebecca realises she has to make a choice. Gwilym Llewellyn, Geoffrey’s trusted friend and advisor, has an emotional debt to repay to Geoffrey and meets Rebecca to offer her a solution. Meanwhile Rebecca has found passion in another direction … 

One man will save her from destitution, the other will offer her the love and excitement that she aches for. Whom will she choose?  

This book has a beautiful setting in Cardiff, South Wales. If you like a good mix of an evocative depiction of the Victorian era and a modern-thinking heroine then Rebecca’s Choice is the novel for you. 

This is Heidi Gallacher’s debut novel, a compelling historical Victorian romance. Pick up ‘Rebecca’s Choice’ today to lose yourself in this wonderful story!

Praise for Rebecca’s Choice

Rebecca’s Choice was awarded 5 stars and is a Recommended Read by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The book was awarded a Bronze Medal for Debut Novel 2020 by The Coffee Pot Book Club.

‘This is a story that is utterly beguiling from the opening sentence to the very last full stop.’ - Author Mary Anne Yarde

‘The historical details are so skilfully woven in that the reader steps with ease into the late 19th century.’ - Author Liz Harris

Publication Date: 30th October 2019

Publisher: Independently Published

Page Length: 211 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Now for the review -

Set during the latter half of The Victorian era, Rebecca’s Choice is the story of one young woman who marries for security rather than love.

Rebecca spends the majority of this book trying to convince herself that she is happy. Her husband, Geoffrey, always treats her with kindness and respect, but he makes it very clear from the beginning of their marriage that he will never love her. Geoffrey’s back story is tragic, after a fated love affair, he is determined never to love again, but I could not help and feel slightly angry towards him. He is married to a wonderful woman who deserves to be loved, but Geoffrey is either too frightened or is completely incapable of giving Rebecca the love she deserves. However, their marriage does offer financial security, and Rebecca feels that security is more important than love. So, she does what she can to make the marriage work.

When Geoffrey dies in a tragic accident, Rebecca finally has the chance to find true love. However, Geoffrey had made some unwise financial investments. Having never needed to concern herself about money, Rebecca finds herself in a desperate situation which leaves her with the most unbearable of choices. To achieve the financial security she needs, she has to marry again, but the man she marries has to be wealthy enough to support herself and her children, and that is something that the man she loves cannot give her. Rebecca has to make some terrible choices in this novel, and I really felt for her on more than one occasion. But the era is what it was, and I could understand the decisions that Rebecca thought she had to make. I thought Rebecca was wonderfully portrayed, and she shined a glaring light into the era, and the place women had in it.

I thought the author’s historical depiction of this time in history was drawn with exquisite care and attention. Along with an utterly captivating narrative, I found it next to impossible to put this book down. Rebecca’s Choice is a truly fabulous story, and one I can see myself reading again and again.

Heidi Gallacher

Heidi Gallacher was born in London in the Sixties. She grew up in Cardiff and Swansea, South Wales. She jumped at the chance to move to Paris in her twenties to learn a new language and culture.

Following the arrival of her first son she moved to sunny Switzerland where she has lived ever since. 

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing in 2018 and her first short story Changing Places was published in September of that year. Rebecca's Choice is her first novel.

When not writing, Heidi writes and performs music, swims in Lake Zürich and fundraises for a school in Tanzania. 

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You can learn more about the book and the author by visiting the other blogs on this tour.

That's it for now.

Until the next time.

Take care Zoe.


1 comment:

Deejotix said...

Thank you Zo for hosting my book today and for your super book review!
I will pop in again soon,
With best wishes, Heidi x