Tuesday 17 July 2018

Book Review: The Heart's Appeal

From the Back:

London, 1881

He Never Expected to See Her Again. Then She Appeared with a Most Unexpected Request. . . .

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It's only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women's medical school. He's supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he's made most important in his life. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome? 
My Reflections:

The Heart's Appeal is book two in the "London Beginnings" series. Enough detail and backstory are included to make this a standalone. However, I would suggest you start with book one "The Captian's Daughter" to get the full immersion of characters and plot elements.
Having worked in the medical field, I absolutely adore books written around this aspect. So it is no doubt that I found this book engaging and hence was able to read it quite quickly.

Julia Bernay hasn't had the easiest upbringing, but that doesn't stop her from dreaming big. Julia has experienced loss, abandonment and heartache, giving her the compassion, soft heartedness well suited to becoming a missionary doctor. Will her fiery determination be enough to overcome the obstacles that lay ahead? She get's her chance to prove her many talents when she is involved in an accident on the Metropolitan Underground Railway. She not only keeps her wits about her, but her fast thinking saves Michael Stephenson, a powerful young barrister. Little does she know that their paths will become entwined. Will her good deed be enough to win his favour?

Delamere is an expert at weaving together a well-rounded story. Enough detail to inform, yet not too much to bore a reader who may not find the subject matter relevant. I loved her attention to detail and historical accuracy. Her medical knowledge is sound and the time period felt quite authentic. Well done Jennifer Delamere, I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

"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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