Love’s Debt by Rahcel Brimble is a novella that reads like a novel because the author has managed to fully develop her characters, completely draw a vivid historical setting, and give readers all the ups and downs of a memorable love story within its pages. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the hero and heroine, Joseph and Milly, were not the usual aristocratic historical romance characters. Both characters worked hard, struggling with the practical challenges of the working class in 19th century Britain. The tenderness of their budding romance, the heartfelt passion between them, was what made this story shine. Brimble takes a heart-wrenching conflict, two intriguing characters, and adds the evocative backdrop of Victorian England to create a story that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.
Milly Shepherd needs to become the new manager of the Red Lion Tavern in order to provide a good life for herself and her family. Joseph Jacobs needs the job to escape the poverty and threat of debtor’s prison that his father’s gambling has caused. When Milly gets the job and Joseph becomes her employee, their growing attraction causes complications, even while it offers both of them the prospect of a happiness neither imagined.
To keep herself from the depths of poverty, Milly Shepherd needs to be appointed manager of the Red Lion Tavern. The elderly owner is in failing health and has promised her the job permanently if no one more suitable applies. Milly will fight with her entire being to make the job her own.
Joseph Jacobs needs to supplement his income to pay off his father's creditors and save him from debtor's prison. Though the job as manager of the local tavern looks promising, Milly is favored by both the owner and customers. Instead, Joseph swallows his pride and agrees to tend bar.
As they work together, their attraction grows, their goals cross, and both Millie and Joseph find they must face their fears --the question is whether they face them alone or together? (89 Pages)