The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere ~ Review

The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings #1)Lucie's Review:
Rosalyn and her orphaned sisters were taken in by the George Mueller Home for Children, but at seventeen they were slowly pushed out to make their own way. Rosalyn found work as a lady’s maid to a widow, but when her employer marries her situation changes as her employer’s new husband begins to make unwelcome advances, Rosalyn flees and ends up in London. In London she is met by a series of bad fortune, finding herself with nothing of value to her name and destitute. But things begin to look up when she finds a job with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Opera House first as a cleaner, and then as the dresser for the chorus line. She finds a friend in Jessie Vaughn, who warns her to beware of men. But as she navigate the theatre life she finds herself caught between the dazzling leading man, Tony, and the quiet and kind, Nate.

Nate is a soldier, haunted by the night of an attack that injured his arm. He works the stage lights, biding his time until he can join the army again to redeem himself. His family has a passion for helping women who have fallen on hard times, so he offers his family’s home as a place for Rosalyn to stay. Will Nate find freedom from his past and a second chance at love?

Rosalyn is a talented and kind young woman, thrust into a situation that she cannot really control. I liked her strength to leave her job and get away. She is soon swept into the world of theatre, and the intricate art that goes on behind the scenes.

Nate is a good man and a gentleman, he is kind and genuinely wants to help Rosalyn form the start, but she is skittish of men and it takes time for her to trust him. He has a strong sense of duty and responsibility, maybe too much so.

This book was really well researched and I felt like I came away with so much knowledge about the theatre world of Gilbert and Sullivan. The characters were well written, and I especially liked Jessie Vaughn, who was a real life actress at the time. This was a quick and engaging read, and it sets up well for the next books in the series. I can’t wait to read about Rosalyn’s sisters!

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About the Book:

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 which 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.
An 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.

Jennifer Delamere

About the Author:

A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and of new beginnings. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was an RWA RITA® award finalist, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.  http://jenniferdelamere.com/

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