Saturday 24 June 2017

Book Review: The Captain's Daughter

From the back cover

London, 1879

Forced to Leave All She Loves Behind, She Seeks a New Life in a City Bursting with Opportunity, But Fraught with Danger

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leaves Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater putting on the most popular show in the city. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. That is, as long as the shadows from her past don't catch up with her.

After a hand injury forces Nate Moran from his army regiment in India, he returns home to London, a place that holds bitter memories. He agrees to fill in temporarily as a stagehand while his brother recuperates from a broken leg, but Nate is counting down the days until he can rejoin his regiment. His future is decided--until he meets a beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate yearns to leave behind.

My Reflections:

The Captain's Daughter was a sweet historical fiction, laced with danger and hardships. I quite enjoyed the pace of the novel and was never left feeling bored.

I found the main character, Rosalyn Bernay to be endearing yet a tad naive considering the hardships she had faced in her life. She seemed to make the same mistakes with men over and over again. However, It all works out in the end and I suppose this progression is good for character development. Having been raised in an orphanage Rosalyn is no stranger to overcoming tough situations, she continues to bravely move forward in her life despite her many struggles.

Nate Morgan is still reeling from a past relationship, yet he is a steadfast and honorable character. I loved the stability he brought to the story. He was definitely the character you could count on to pull Rosalyn through her hardships. Nate's family was another win. They were ultra supportive and I loved their cohesive matchmaking schemes. Will Nate be able to overcome his hurt and guilt from the past in order to fully embrace his future?

This book was filled with interesting historical facts and people from the 1879's. I learned so much about the early days of theater and enjoyed delving into a subject I had not previously explored. This novel was quite a nice change of pace, a splendid summer read!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

Jennifer Delamere

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...
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