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I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the first tunnel under the Thames. The author really has done their homework with the facts, but also this is a lovely, romantic story with lots of twists and turns. I would like to know what happens after this book for the starring couple.
What a rollicking good read this turned out to be! Set in the years prior to Victoria coming to the throne, the background is the building of the original Rotherhithe Tunnel under the River Thames, pioneered by the father and son Brunel. Charlotte is eponymous Rector’s daughter in the adjacent parish to the project and soon becomes aware of Josiah Martyn, the chief engineer of the project. The attraction between the pair is immediate but they must both fight against what is felt to be appropriate for the stations in life, right to the very end, in order for them to be together. Exciting adventurous stuff!
I enjoyed this romantic story especially the setting of the building of the Rotherhithe tunnel,. I recently visited the Brunel museum in Rotherhithe and went down the shaft which shows how the tunnel was built so I was able to picture the setting.
I had not tried a Jean Fullerton book for a while, so decided to read the Rector's Daughter. I was not disappointed at all, it kept me gripped throughout , full of romance, intrigue and lots of suspense. I do not hesitate to recommend this book.