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In the 1880’s, during the Victorian era, Rosalyn Bernay takes a job backstage at a London theater. She decides to pursue a career on the stage. Nate Moran is on temporary leave from the Army and can’t wait to return to his regiment. He takes a night job as a stagehand at the theatre. Meeting the beautiful Rosalyn interrupts his plans to leave.
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: London Beginnings
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he's glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can't wait to leave behind.
Lini536Cambridge, MAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great start to a new series...July 17, 2017Lini536Cambridge, MAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saying goodbye to her two younger sisters Julia and Cara was bittersweet for Rosalyn Bernay. After their mother loses her battle to an illness and their father, a sea captain, is seemingly lost to the oceans, the three children lived a pleasant life in a Muller Orphanage, until they went their separate ways.
Unfortunate circumstances force Rosalyn to leave the home where she worked as a ladies maid. Whilst she planned to join her sister in Bristol, she ends up taking a train to London. There, she is accosted by two men.
Nate Morgan, dressed in his military redcoat, happens upon Rosalyn as she arrives at Paddington (station). Unfortunately, she takes his helpfulness the wrong way and walks away with a woman who he suspects isnt who she says she is.
Regretting the manner in which he handled the situation, he turns his mind back to his healing hand and the circumstance of his return from India.
After overhearing the real reason she was helped by Aunt Molly, Rosalyn finds herself in a back alley outside a theater. Immediately befriended by a young actress, Jessie, she convinces Miss. Lenoir, the administrator of the theatre, to take on Rosalyn as the new dresser.
Fate has intervened, and Rosalyn is surprised and wary of bumping in to the rugged soldier again. But, as she soon discovers, Nate is not as rough, or someone to distrust, as she first believed.
The bright lights ofthe theatre works its magic on Rosalyn, and she wonders if the stage is for her. However, will the life she abruptly left behind, find her again in London?
Thrown together in a close-knit community, Nate and Rosalyn form a friendship, with hints of something else. But with both having a past they would rather keep to themselves, as well as a future that wouldnt include the other, will they be able to work past their different pursuits and perhaps turn their friendship in to something more?
The mainprotagonists are likeable andwarm.And, with theauthor giving subsequent characters as much depth and enticing background stories as Rosalyn and Nate, it was an excellent opening to both the Bernay and Moran families as well as the beginning of a serial. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the theatre group, the descriptions of 1800s London and the romantic undertones.I look forward to reading more from this author and her London Beginnings series. A recommended read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House as part of their blogging program. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: The Captain's DaughterJuly 17, 2017ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Captain's Daughter is the first book in London Beginnings. I enjoy historical fiction. In this book, Rosalyn is leaving her employer, but ends up losing everything she owns, ends up in a brothel and employed at the London theater. While there she comes across a man, Nate, who has his own story. He was part of the army, serving in India when he suffered a hand injury. He goes back to London, his home. While there he agrees to fill in for his brother as a stage hand, as his brother recovers from a broken leg. He knows he will return to his regiment and to his future. The he meats Rosalyn.
I enjoyed this novel but I felt like the pace needed to settle down. the beginning felt rushed and then, partway through the book, I felt like it began to drag. The relationship between Nate and Rosalyn was lovely. It was a joy to share in their relationship.
I also enjoyed the theater story line, including the author bringing Gilbert and Sullivan into it.
For those that enjoy historical romance, I feel like this book is a good choice.
I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lots of neat historical detailsJuly 14, 2017KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It takes place in 1879 in London, mostly in the theater world. Although Ive read history about the Globe theater in Shakespeares day, Id never read about the theater in a more modern time (just about 140 years ago!). I found the details about the shows fascinating as the theater was producing HMS Pinafore a musical still known today. There's a scene with Gilbert and Sullivan working out the details of their next show and words from some of the songs are in the book both of which getting me thinking of those tunes! A lot of the action revolves around backstage costumes and lighting and sets as Rosalyn is hired first as a cleaning lady and then as a dresser and Nate is working as a stagehand. I also enjoyed the referencing to George Muellers orphanage and his beliefs/actions. Ive heard of him, so to have his orphanage play a pivotal part in the lives of the characters and seeing how it influenced them really intrigued me.
There were just so many details of London life woven around a great story of love and forgiveness and the grace of God that I found this book captivating and look forward to reading the next one by this author, about Rosalyns sister Julia! I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Angela SuzanneAge: 18-24Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Didn't like Rosalyn's characterJuly 9, 2017Angela SuzanneAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2This book was decent. I did, however, find myself getting quite annoyed with Rosalyn. I get really frustrated when the heroines in books are flirted with or pursued by a man who obviously does not have good intentions and the heroine is absolutely taken in by it. It was quite frustrating with how nave Rosalyn was in this regard. However, I really enjoyed Nate. His interactions with his family and his convictions endeared me to him. Honestly, if it wasn't for Nate's character I might have stopped reading the book because of how frustrated I was with Rosalyn.
Courtney4 Stars Out Of 5A Pleasant ReadJuly 8, 2017CourtneyQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I found the Captain's Daughter a light-hearted book with likeable characters and an intriguing storyline. It was a great read to escape and rest for a little bit, but it wasn't so captivating that I ignored all the chores that I needed to get done. I did find myself waiting for a big climax in the story, but I instead found that the main conflicts in the story never developed much intensity and resolved themselves in a practical, pleasant way. The author did a commendable job integrating social issues into the themes of the story, as well as offering a message of hope and faith in a understated way.