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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.
"The author does a great job of pulling the reader into the characters' emotions and circumstances. Recommended for fans of historical romance and inspirational novels."' - RT Book Reviews
"Delamere's inspirational elements are subtle; her historical references include George Muller's orphanages and Gilbert and Sullivan. This is a well-crafted, well-researched historical romance." - Publishers Weekly
"This first book in a new series set in Victorian England will please fans of Carrie Turansky. It's a sweet romance that encourages readers to trust in God's love and provision for them." - Christian Market
"I was immersed immediately in the flow of the writing and the struggles of people who have simple goals--to rise above poverty, have a safe place to live, enough food to eat, be surrounded by loving family, and live guided by divine purpose. . . . The author puts her passion for Gilbert and Sullivan operettas into her behind-the-scenes theater descriptions and uses her knowledge to build the situations through which Nate and Rosalyn learn about God, life, and love." - All About Romance
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5fantastic historicalSeptember 17, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love reading books about the theater in London. This book was so good. I loved the characters of Rosalyn and Nate. This book had a few twists and turns throughout this wonderful historical fiction romance. Each character learns to trust in God again. They each have to grow in faith. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Started with a BangSeptember 5, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3What a great debut novel.
First, I had to love this book and the fact that much of it takes place in the theater. It was so fun to learn a bit more about Gilbert and Sullivan and how some of these musicals came to be. This was right up my alley.
For the most part this book starts with a bang and I had to see what happened next. As I read I did loose some of that sense of urgency but still enjoyed it. I would have liked to see a little more tension between our hero and heroine. There was some but I think it could have been played up a bit more.
But I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series. I really did enjoy it and can only imagine that the books will get better and better.
A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadAugust 30, 2017rkfallQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a great historical fiction that paints the picture of London in the 1800's. This being said there are nice things about London at that time and not so nice things about London. This author does a great job with making it feel really realistic and not predictable with some intense scenes of what one might fall into if found a woman, alone in the city of London at the train station. I'm really glad that the heroine found freedom from the sad situation and not just freedom but exciting hope. I'm also a huge fan of George Muller and that was a great touch to the story for me. This is written with the idea that the main woman is a former orphan at the orphanage. It shows her living out the truths she learned under George's roof all those years. It's a great read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and was under no obligation to post a review.
A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Historical FictionAugust 17, 2017A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The orchestra music plays; voices rise and fall in melodious song; organized chaos, hustle and bustle of people and props. The Opera.
Jennifer Delamere has penned a stunning page-turner in The Captains Daughter. I was immediately captivated by heroine, Roslyn Bernays story set in Victorian London, England. From the first page I was sucked in by Roslyns desperate plight. We follow her through danger and destitution. Rejoice when she reaches a safe, satisfying destination.
Theatre is the backdrop of this entertaining novel. I enjoyed learning about all the ins and outs of stage and opera life. Jennifer Delamere gives such descriptive details of this world that one feels as if one has been a part of the cast. I have never seen the two productions mentioned in The Captains Daughter, but now have a desire to see them for myself!
Opposite the frolic and fantasy of theatre life, we have the faithful fortress of a family. Roslyn is an orphan with two sisters, but no living parents. She is a more serious, quiet heroine, but will talk more and relax with people she knows. Roslyn is independent, but is cautious and can be slightly too trusting at times. She was different from a lot of heroines and I liked that. I love the hero, Nate Morans steadiness and care for Roslyn. She needs a place in life and Nate and his family are a stable influence in her world. As a hero I never felt like I got to know Nate as well as I should have. I liked him, but wished I could have gotten to know him better. The Moran family is the best. Especially Nates brother. They provide a lightness in what could be a more serious story. These supporting characters added to the novel greatly.
Ms. Delamere has such a gift for story-telling and keeping ones attention. I could hardly put the book down! The only drawback was not enough romance. It could have been upped more, but I had to keep reminding myself that this novel is categorized as historical fiction, not romance. The authors previous series was romance and I kept expecting more.
There is a slight Dickens feel to this novel, but the setting, atmosphere, and characters have stepped right from the pages of a Sherlock Holmes story. One without the mystery though.
The Captains Daughter is an excellent, entertaining read. If you enjoy the writing styles of Rosslyn Elliott, Anne Mateer, and Karen Barnett, you will want to read this novel.
Bookish Bakes3 Stars Out Of 5Sweet and Cozy ReadAugust 17, 2017Bookish BakesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have to be honest. As much as a I enjoyed this novel, I was totally surprised by the route the plot took. I think that the title and the description led me to feel as if the story would play out in a different way. Maybe that is a good thing. It definitely surprised me, but I just personally felt like I could not connect with the book like I have with other historical fiction works. Still, if you are a fan or know a lot about the the 1800's, you might find yourself totally head over heels in love with this book. Being that I participated in high school plays, I can relate to the feelings and emotions of being on stage. However, I feel like it needed more action in my opinion. It felt as if the scenes got bland and slow. Only when she was working or on stage did I start to feel lost in the pages. I very much hope that her writing and story picks up pace as the books are released.
That being said, there are a few things that I absolutely loved about the book. First, I fell in love with the characters immediately. They were very believable and had chemistry. I enjoyed watching main character Nate interact with his family, especially his brother Patrick. They all seemed so warm and welcoming. I found myself laughing out loud many times at how old school his mother's comments sounded. It still amazes me how different things were back in those days. Second, I just loved her morals and how she lined everything up for a life lesson on how God works in our lives, even when we do not realize it. Third, I really enjoyed learning about the theater in those days. Though I know nothing about stage lighting now or then, it did place an interest in me to do some research on my own time. She really has a way of making it all sound so interesting and intriguing. Her writing flows nicely and never was there a time that I felt lost or confused.
I am very optimistic about the second novel. I was not surprised to find that it will be based around her sister. I wondered, when I first began to read the book, if each one would be from a sisters point of view. I really love this idea, and being that her youngest sister sounds so interesting, I am very excited to hear more about her story. If you love historical fiction, then I high recommend giving this book a chance. I want to thank Bethany House for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. It really was a nice and easy read that I am happy to add to my growing collection.