June 26, 2017

Summer Reads: The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

Bethany House; 348 pages; Buy Link; Blog Tour

Now available from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is the historical romance The Captain's Daughter, book one in the London Beginnings series, by Jennifer Delamere.

The novel begins at Dartmoor Coast, England in 1873, where a seventeen-year-old Rosalyn Bernay finds herself leaving the orphanage that she has called home for many years. She's also leaving behind her two sisters, Julia and Cara. Now considered an adult, she must venture into the world to find her place, which for her it happens to be working as a maid for Mrs. Huffman in London.

Six year later, Rosalyn finds herself penniless on the streets of London. Luckily, she stumbles upon a job working backstage at a theater as a dresser. She has always had a passion for music, so she fits right in at the there.

Nate Moran arrives in London to help out his brother, who had broken his leg working backstage at the theater. Nate is going to fill in as a stagehand, so his brother won't lose his job. He had previously served in the army regiment in India before injuring his hand, so working temporarily at theater should be an easy task. Of course, his plans on returning to the army as soon as hand is healed, but plans for the future changes after he meets the beautiful Rosalyn.

Final Thoughts: I read a lot of books, so I'm not exactly sure if I've read a title by Jennifer Delamere before or not. What made me want to read The Captain's Daughter was its beautiful cover art. I didn't even read the blurb, as I made the decision to read the novel based on the cover alone.

While I've always preferred my historical romance reads to be set in the United States, my tastes have changed over the last year or so, as I've become more interested in novels and movies (and television series) set in England. The Captain's Daughter is set in London, so I was instantly intrigued with the novel after reading the short prologue. The main character, Rosalyn, is written really well, so I connected with her right from the get-go. It took me a bit longer to 'like' Rosalyn's romantic interest, Nate, but I eventually connected with him as well.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Captain's Daughter. I thought it was well-written, fast-paced romance. It wasn't a perfect read, as there were a few flaws, but none that distracted me too much from enjoying the novel.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author: Jennifer Delamere's debut Victorian romance, "An Heiress at Heart," was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, "A Lady Most Lovely," received a starred review from "Publishers Weekly" and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Find out more about Jennifer at jenniferdelamere.com.

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