The Artful Match

The Artful Match

by Jennifer Delamere


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ISBN-13: 9780764219221
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: London Beginnings Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 85,295
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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, Canada, 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. Learn more at

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The Artful Match 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
swissgranny 19 hours ago
I’ve enjoyed reading the London Beginnings series by Jennifer Delamere. It follows three sisters in London in the 1880s. The Artful Match is the concluding book and features Cara Bernay, an aspiring artist, as she attempts to navigate the London art scene. Cara was spunky and charming, although a bit naïve. Henry Burke seemed a bit austere at first, but I was happy to see that he loosened up and began more endearing as the story progressed. Langham, Henry’s brother, and Amelia, Henry’s ward, were both unruly and caused Henry much trouble and grief, but they, too, mellowed out and became quite lovable by the end of the story. Cara’s sisters, Julia and Rosalyn, were mostly absent during this story, but it was fun to have them make an appearance and see what they were up to. Delamere is a talented writer and created great characters for this series. Her obvious knowledge of the setting and time period added to my enjoyment of it. Themes of family, forgiveness, and healing relationships give this book an added dimension. Although it’s part of a series, this book can stand alone. I’m looking forward to more stories from this author. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
LoraineN 23 hours ago
This was a delightful romance between two likable people struggling with secrets while trying to figure out God’s will for their lives. I really enjoyed it. Full review is at my website. 4 1/2 Stars. Note: I was gifted this book by the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
sesquius 6 days ago
This has to be one of the oddest books I've read in awhile. Considering I didn't realize that I was jumping into book three of a series, it didn't really matter. The previous stories had already occurred and this one about the third sister. Fortunately I was able to get into the swing of things, although the background and characters were just different. The prologue of the story, is probably the one area that had me confused as to the purpose of the rest of the story. I didn't know who this Julia character was and why the story was starting out as it did. So in turn, I thought that was to be a key play in the story. It wasn't. For me, it was a spin on the 1800's and the era of sophistication and the elite, the ball gowns and the women trying to find their matches. It throws you into a bohemian sect of artists trying to make it. This was the part of the story I wasn't expecting, and the character, Caroline, I was trying to get a grasp on just who she was to be. All in all, it was an interesting story that I fought my way through reading. Every chapter I just wanted to read forward and figure out if the story was worth reading all the way through. It was, but it's unlikely I'm going to read the first two stories in this particular series. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through NetGalley.
LucyMR1 6 days ago
This is my first read by Jennifer Delamere and even though it is the conclusion to a series it was fine as a stand-alone. From the cover to the conclusion it is a beautiful portrait of Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. This story has faith woven in and enough sweet romance amidst some historical facts that blend together perfectly like an artists palette. Well written with believable characters that show humanness. We all carry things from our past that affect our responses to circumstances of life. Amelia will worm her way into your heart and you will want to mother her by the end. She is delightful and headstrong at the same time. You will be swept away to England and feel like you have visited when you are finished. I definitely look forward to more solid reads by this author. A pleasant discovery to me. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
AE2 7 days ago
After falling asleep and having her young charge wander off, Cara Bernay vows that, while tragedy was narrowly avoided, she will never be responsible for a child again. She heads to London where she meets Langham Burke, an artist who is willing to help her with own dreams of becoming an artist. She soon meets Langham's brother, Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, who doesn't approve of his brother's lifestyle. As she sees Henry trying to reign in his brother, as well as care for his young ward, Amelia, Cara senses he's a good man but doesn't always know the right way to handle either--and he seems to appreciate Cara's help with both. When the family is set to head to their country estate, Langham suggests they bring Cara with them to help with Amelia. While Cara refuses to be a governess, she decides she is comfortable being a guest who helps with Amelia's care and goes with them. As she comes to know Henry better, she comes to care for him--but how can an orphan with no dowry and an earl in need of money to maintain his estate ever make a match? This was a really sweet romance. Cara was so innocent and artless and sweet; I loved that even with her background she wasn't jaded, and I liked seeing how Henry softened up through his interactions with her. The family dynamics were complicated and made for an interesting plot. I really liked the look at Victorian England. This was a nice conclusion to a highly enjoyable series. I read a review copy provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Heidi_Reads 8 days ago
I was surprised by Cara's naiveté and the potentially dangerous situations she allows herself to be drawn into. Fortunately the people she encounters and trusts don't have nefarious intentions, but I was worried for her the whole time she was in London! I can see how her sisters worried over her and her impulsive tendencies. I enjoyed the art scene she finds herself in and the way Cara is excited to develop her talent and passion as she searches for a purpose for her life. She is good for Henry and it was fun to see their very different personalities complement each other. A sweet romance with difficult family dynamics and secrets that create an interesting plot. A nice finish to the series! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Christianfictionandmore 14 days ago
The Artful Match is the third book in Delamere's London Beginnings series. Delamere is a new-to-me author, and as such, I had not read the first two books in the series. Fortunately the book's prologue gives just enough background information to help a new reader, and not enough to spoil their wanting to go back and read the previous books. I certainly enjoyed The Artful Match enough to want to read other books by this author, and enough to want to know the stories of the main character's two sisters and their father. Caroline (better known as Cara) Bernay had been serving the Needenham family as a governess for their four-year-old son Robbie for almost two years prior to a disastrous outing that led to her dismissal. Vowing never to serve as a governess again, Cara headed to London to connect with one of her sisters, not knowing that Julia was out of the country with her new husband. While she'd never considered using her artistic talents to support herself, finding herself alone on the streets of London and meeting a fellow artist gave rise to that possibility. Langham Burke, brother of the Earl of Morestowe, took Cara under his wing, finding her a temporary home and opportunities within the art community. His brother, Henry, was captivated by Cara's beauty and her ability to work with his wayward ward, but his responsibilities as Earl and his family's dwindling finances dictated where his attentions must lie. The Artful Match deals with themes of honesty, integrity and the importance of character over station. While the aristocracy does not carry quite the same stature as it did in the late 1800s, there are elements of social status and the class structure that continue to insert themselves. The idea of being a person of high character who can rise above one's current circumstances resonates across time. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
KaileyBechtel 16 days ago
Having read the other books in this series, I was happy that Cara finally got to have her story told. I liked how unique this book was. It was interesting reading about the artists of that time period. I also enjoyed reading about the orphanage. I look forward to reading more from this author. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Stardust_Fiddle 17 days ago
A suitable finale to the lives of the Bernay sisters, “The Artful Match” is the third and final book in the London Beginnings trilogy. As it turns out, it was also my favorite. This surprised me because at first I was not even sure that I particularly cared for Cara, who seemed flighty and capricious. However, beginning with that “perfectly imperfect day” when her life irrevocably changes, she demonstrates a laudable strength of character and adaptability. Jennifer Delamere adroitly brings this series to a satisfying close by drawing together certain points concerning Rosalyn and Julia as well as Cara. Astute readers may pick up on a few of these details if they have read books one and two, and as such, while “The Artful Match” can be read as a standalone, reading this trilogy in order is highly recommended. This novel forms an intriguing portrait of life in 1881 London and its environs. As its title suggests, the art scene serves as a primary catalyst for the first part of the story. Given that this was a time of both the celebration and liberation of art, the intertwining of history and fiction provides a fascinating panorama for the reader. From the esteemed Grosvenor Gallery to the humble artist’s studio, the art world shines with novelty. Although not shockingly avant-garde, the bohemian lifestyle of many artists during the Aesthetic Movement offers a unique foil to the more conventional society, and placing Cara among them allows her to develop a more independent nature and to pursue her own artistic bent. Family affairs encroach upon the more lighthearted aspect of the narrative and ultimately pave the way for transformation and healing. Langham Burke stands apart from his aristocratic family because of his artistic endeavors and irresponsible lifestyle, the misunderstood artist, and the beauty of his acquaintance with Cara bears fruit throughout the storyline. Her godly influence on the stern and noble Lord Morestowe and especially his ward, the unruly Amelia, prove to be a means of healing for all of them. As the prototypical problem child, Amelia is one of my favorite characters because of her insight and precocious depth of understanding. As modern readers we can learn much from how she is treated by various people in the story. Furthermore, although the faith aspect is mostly subtle, it still forms the foundation for the changes which the characters undergo. Lord Morestowe’s acumen sums up what we should all realize and attain to: “The future was, as it always had been, in God’s hands. He would keep working, and he would keep praying for help and guidance.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and NetGalley in exchange for a review. A favorable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
irishniff 17 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful romantic historical fiction. I appreciate the research that permeates the pages of this engrossing story. Jennifer Delamere captures the time period, as well as, the art world wonderfully. She is creative with her characters and each of their stories. The characters are easy to relate to and the life lessons that they learn easily apply to today. Ultimately, it was the unique storyline that kept me turning pages. Although this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. However, once introduced to the characters, you might want to read the other books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
LilacDreams 17 days ago
Cara loses her governess position after falling asleep on the job with near tragic results. She vows never to work with children again and heads to London, where she meets a glib-tongued, aspiring artist. Cara wants to be an artist, too, and slips readily into Langham Burke’s artsy world. She meets Langham’s brother, the Earl of Morestowe, and his headstrong ward, Amelia. Cara brings out the best in Amelia, but is a bit intimidated by aristocracy. Still, she feels an attraction for Henry Burke. I had a hard time warming up to Cara. She’s angry with her two sisters without knowing all that’s going on in their lives. Langham plants a seed of doubt regarding his brother, and Cara tries to get Henry to confess the “truth” about his relationship with Amelia. Henry is appealing. He’s trying to save his family’s financial difficulties while dealing with his careless brother and critical, scheming mother.
grammy57 17 days ago
The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere, from Bethany House Publishing, is a book I requested through NetGalley to read and review. The book was an advanced reader's copy and because of this I will not deduct for poor editing but I will mention that the editing in the book I read was in need of better editing. The book is the third in a series and I read one book previously. Reading the previous book was not necessary to understand this book. In fact, at first, I thought I was re-reading a book, but that was very short lived. I enjoyed the previous book and I enjoyed this one just as much. It is a historical fiction set in England in the late 1800s. It is also a Christian book, clean and not offensive, but not pushy. The characters are well developed and mostly believable. The story flowed well. The ending tied up the three books well. The story was somewhat believable but since it is fiction and a fun book to read not totally believable. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by Jennifer Delamere. I would recommend this book to my friends. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive a free, advanced reader's copy and the review was not required and is my own opinion. I do not give a synopsis of the book as you can find that when you purchase the book, I just give you my opinion and state if I would recommend it or not.
SBMC 19 days ago
"He barely registered the room around him, because standing in the center of it, lit by sunlight, was a Greek goddess." What a wonderful conclusion to this fantastic series! This book is #3 in the London Beginnings series featuring three Bernay sisters but it can be read as a stand-alone. The author does an excellent job pulling in characters from previous novels and explaining the pertinent events from those novels that tie in to the plot in this book. Jennifer Delamere's writing flows well and is easy to follow. The setting of 1881 England with its finery and artistic world is easy to imagine from the author's vivid descriptions. The plot is well-constructed and keeps a nice pace throughout the book. The characters are interesting, endearing, and unique. There is also a nice faith thread in the book that is woven seamlessly into the characters' lives. Cara and Henry are total opposites yet so alike in their generosity and loyalty. Cara is the youngest Bernay sister who is artistic, a little flighty, carefree but with a huge caring heart and a knack for understanding difficult children. She's had mishaps in previous employment and goes to London to stay with her sister's family when she encounters a budding artist Langham who introduces her to the world of professional art. Henry is an earl, the older brother of Langham's, who is struggling to keep themselves financially sound. He is hard-working, steadfast, conscientious, and guided by clear principles even if those around him are not. Cara brings sunshine and laughter to Henry's long dreary days but their relationship is fraught with opposition, misunderstandings, and half-truths. Throw into this mix Cara's father who is thought to be long dead, Henry's very difficult ward Amelia, and the bohemian brother Langham and we have a delicious recipe for a fun book. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will totally enjoy this book and the whole series! I was given a copy of the book from Bethany House and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
RachsRamblings 22 days ago
I have really enjoyed this series, but I think this one is my favorite! It’s at a big changing point in history, but it’s rather rare in books. In the late 1800’s, the large estates in England were struggling, and Americans were fascinated with titles, yet in England artists and others who worked for “new money” were staring to become appreciated. I love the characters in this book! Amelia totally steals my heart, and I really enjoyed Clara. The Characters are so well done, and they really drive the story. I love the faith theme as well, and the fact that George Mueller’s orphanage helped inspire this series. The stories have been a delight. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
JeanneAC 23 days ago
I really enjoyed The Artful Match, the conclusion of the London Beginnings series. This book can be read as a stand alone story, but it's so much more fun to read them in the order they were written. I love Jennifer Delamere's writing style and I really enjoyed Cara's story. Cara & her sisters Rosalyn and Julia grew up in a George Mueller's Orphanage in England. This is why I love historical fiction. George Mueller was a real person who built an orphanage by prayer. God did provide, and more than 10,000 children lived in the orphanage over the years after their mother died.. Each book in the series focuses on one of the sisters and her journey from orphanage to adulthood, as well as the mystery of what happened to their father who disappeared when they were young. I loved this series. Highly recommend!
MollyzReviewz 23 days ago
A Delightful Read!! Ms. Delamere has once again captured me with her beautiful writing style and beloved characters. I love the way she pulls you to the heart of the story instantly when you open the book. Her books always make me smile and reflect on the story long after I close the book. While this is book 3 in the London Beginnings series, it’s certainly easily read as a stand alone. I absolutely adored Henry and Cara’s characters. They were chiseled beautifully and really came to life within the story. I loved watching Cara come to terms with the secrets of the Burke family and seeing how she truly felt, and followed her heart’s passion. Henry was a bold, handsome character and I loved how he was added into the story. Beautiful! And the orphanage was a wonderful addition to the story. I loved seeing how Ms. Delamere wove that in! Not only is this story faith-filled, it’s a story that will leave you thinking about your own life story, leave you smiling for the amazing characters that are now family, and leave you wanting more from this magnificently talented author. If you are looking for a 4 star, heart-warming, faithful story blended with just the right amount of sweet romance and historic details, then look no further than this novel by Ms. Delamere. I can’t wait for another story! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley, Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*