The Artful Match (London Beginnings Book #3)

The Artful Match (London Beginnings Book #3)

by Jennifer Delamere

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Overview

Cara Bernay has never fit in. At loose ends in 1881 London after a near tragedy costs her a job, she befriends a carefree artist. With his help, she begins planning a new life and developing her own artistic talent. But soon Cara finds herself at odds with the artist's brother--a handsome but arrogant earl forcing his brother back to a "respectable" life.

Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, feels the weight of growing financial burdens. His younger brother is the one person who can save their family, and Henry needs him back home. Despite misgivings about Cara's mysterious background, Henry sees she's a positive influence on his brother and on Henry's young ward, and he strikes a deal with her to return with them to their estate.

But the family has their own secrets, and when Cara, drawn ever closer to Henry, stumbles onto the truth, she must choose between following her heart and pursuing a bold plan that could bring disaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493417230
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: London Beginnings , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 195,879
File size: 8 MB

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 www.jenniferdelamere.com.
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. Learn more at www.jenniferdelamere.com.

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The Artful Match 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
CarolJo 2 days ago
An excellent Regency romance! Henry Burke, Earl of Movestowe, is a great male protagonist as he attempts to keep his countess mother happy, look after his emotionally unstable artist brother and a young ward Amelia, and find financial backing for a copper mine! Cara Bernay grew up in an orphanage and is great with Henry's ward while pursuing a career as an artist but she wonders who Amelia's parents really are! I enjoyed this third book in the London Beginnings by Jennifer Delamere. I received an advance copy of The Artful Match from Bethany House and the author. This is my honest opinion.
ARS8 6 days ago
In this, the third book of the London Beginnings series, we are given youngest sister Cara Bernay’s story. To recap, the three sisters due to unfortunate circumstances were raised in George Mueller’s orphanage. As with the other two sisters, Clara is also interested in a career path that is unusual for a woman of her time. She is an artist but she has been supporting herself as a governess. After an unfortunate situation, Clara is let go from her position and so she travels to London to meet up with her sister Julia, only to discover that unbeknownst to her or (her older sister later), Julia her middle sister has eloped So here dear Cara finds herself in a predicament. She does not have much money to feed herself or for a place to stay. What I really liked about her character was that she really didn’t seem to worry. When faced with a problem especially with her circumstances, she was very practical. She was somewhat a dreamer, but due to her upbringing she was a well-grounded individual. In regards to her upbringing, she was even practical about that. She did not give up hope that her father was still alive and she was certainly a realist when it came to her memories of the orphanage. They had just enough. Nothing fancy, only what they needed, and even though Cara may have liked more, she was thankful for the kindness of George Mueller’s orphanage. Cara comes to London and meets a young talented artist that has problems of his own, one of them his older brother Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe. Henry is a rule follower and carries the weight of his family name and responsibilities on his shoulders. He is a great hero and I really enjoyed these two opposites, Cara and Henry, grow in fondness for each other. Also there are many secrets on both sides that need to be brought into the light. Theirs was a story that kept me turning those pages. This was a delightful read and I am so glad that loose ends since the beginning have been tied up and I highly recommend this whole series and even reading more about George Mueller if not familiar with him. Every time I read his story I am amazed at the providence of God. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to publish a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Virginiaw 13 days ago
I loved this third book in the London Beginnings series. I think that Cara was my favorite sister. It was interesting to learn about the artists of this time period. I liked how Cara dealt with both Henry and his younger brother, Langham. This is a very interesting time period. I also love how everything from all the books in the series are tied up in this book. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
TheCompulsiveReader7 19 days ago
(4.5 stars) An unexpectedly charming & thoroughly engaging read One of the joys in the life of compulsive readers like myself is finding a new author to add to our list of favorites. I was not familiar with Jennifer Delamere, but after reading her newest story, "The Artful Match", I can’t wait to read more of her books. This is the concluding volume of a 3 book series called "London Beginnings. It's set in the Victorian era and follows the lives of 3 sisters, with this particular installment centering on the youngest discovering the developing London art scene. It’s almost a background detail, but the girls grew up in George Muller's orphanage and we get to see the beautiful influence his spirituality of trusting God had on their lives. Cara is a wonderful character - she’s intelligent, though impulsive and a bit naive. She has a gift for keeping positive but isn’t an annoying Pollyanna about it. I think what impressed me most about her character was how she never shrank back or ran away, even when she seriously messed up, but owned up to her mistakes, accepted the consequences & tried to atone in whatever way she could. My heart broke for her - we all make mistakes (anyone who’s lost a child in a store, for example, can assuredly relate), but our mistakes aren't usually life-threatening, & forgiveness in the face of tragedy or near tragedy is certainly pretty challenging. The Needenham’s are wrong, to some extent, but there are few who would blame them. I loved this line by the author: "God was abundant in mercy, but people’s forgiveness was often harder to obtain." So true. Stalwart Henry is the one I empathize with the most - he is trying so hard to take care of everybody (often more than he should) & they are content to let him carry them. He’s constantly stuck dealing with challenging situations in which there will be someone unhappy with him no matter what he does. Especially Langham who, not to diminish his suffering, is one of those people who's so self involved that he's oblivious to what he does to others. It’s hard to dislike him, but it’s hard to like him, too. Langham’s weakness really illuminates Henry’s quiet, steadfast heroism. The relationship that develops between Henry and Cara is believably done and so sweet. Even though this is the 3rd in a series, I had no problem following the story except for the prologue which made no sense to me in relation to Cara’s story and I forgot about it till the end when the connection was revealed. The finale wraps up all loose ends and is fully satisfying. Recommendation: Enthusiastic yes Clean romance level: sweet kisses Some religious discussion in the book, but very minor and not at all preachy. TheCompulsiveReader7
Deana3452 20 days ago
The Artful Match is now out by the very talented Jennifer Delamere. This is book three in the series, but you can easily read it as it a stand alone. The series is about three sisters: Rosalyn, Julia and Cara. One book for one sister. I thoroughly enjoyed the second one so I was excited to read this one. Cara is down on her luck after she leaves her current employment (I won't spill why) and travels to London to stay with her sister. She is shocked to find that Julia is out of town (again not telling why -haha) and just as she decides to go to Rosalyn, she meets up with Langham. Langham is an aspiring artist with a very different background than Cara. Langham learns that Cara's dream is to become and artist and he takes her under his wing. Cara is drawn into an artist's world as well as into Langham's along with his brother a very rich earl, Henry and his ward, Amelia. I don't want to give too much away so let's just say that the story is about Cara making her way in the world with new friends and new opportunities. There is also a side plot about Cara's family that just adds to this wonderful story. I know I am a little late as this story came out last month, but let me tell you I just loved the second one and I loved this one, too. Miss Delamere writes so well and I always think the characters are brilliantly developed. When I read, I personally don't like a lot of description because I am imagining the scene in my head anyway. However, this author gives the perfect amount of description and really transports the reader into the story and the time. I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this book. If you love Christian fiction, get this book. It's fantastic.
RobinWillson 20 days ago
"Julia, with her supposedly clear-eyed view of the world, had learned that sometimes the "sensible" path wasn't the right one after all." Victorian Christian Romance set in England 1881. Third in the series, this is about the third sister Cara. An accident while she was working as a governess makes her decide to go to London and rejoin her sisters, who she then learns happen to both be away. "She'd seen many times at the orphanage that answers to prayers could come out of nowhere, and hardly ever in the expected way." Instead she meets Lanford, second son of a Lord, who is a painter. Cara has painting talent, and joins him and his friends. The Earl himself comes into the picture when he pulls Lanford away, and Cara finds that she can positively influence their Ward, a 7 year old girl. Even though she's made a vow to never be a governess again. Which she isn't now - she is a guest. Sort of. Artfully intertwined story with interesting character situations that pull on your heartstrings. Great Christian messages. "Why hadn't anyone told her, when forcing her to plod through dry tomes for school, that some books could actually be fun?" Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #TheArtfulMatch #JenniferDelamere #NetGalley #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAboout
rendezvous_with_reading 21 days ago
Thank you Bethany House Fiction and Jennifer Delamere for this free copy to review. Every once in a while, I crave a good historical romance as a palate cleanser between reads, and this fit the bill nicely. This is the 2nd of the author's books I've read and while it is part of a series, it can be read easily as a stand alone novel. It is a Christian romance and therefore, contains no language or scenes that might offend. Set in 1881 London, the artistic movement among the Victorians is incorporated into plot as well as the problems many aristocratic families faced of keeping their large estates financially viable. This book also incorporates a larger plot that has spread across the whole series, but the author does give enough information, that if you haven't read the other two books, you can still appreciate how all the treads come together. This provides a nice cozy escape!
Anonymous 21 days ago
The Artful Match By Jennifer Delamere After the near death of her charge, Cara is let go. Jobless, Cara decides to return to her sister in London but is surprised to find her sister married and away on her honeymoon. Alone and afraid Cara seeks refuge with other family but is sidetracked by a handsome stranger. While asking for directions Cara gets distracted by an idea, to be an artist. On the spot, Cara decides to pursue are and in order to do that she follows this stranger, Langham, to his friend’s house. Langham and Cara forge a quick friendship over art. In this whirlwind of a decision, Cara learns that Langham comes from a titled family and is at odds with his brother Lord Henry, Harry. Harry is trying to keep his brother from ruining the family’s reputation and bank account. The last thing he desires is for Langham to stir romance into the mix. As Harry watches Cara however, he is surprised by his feelings towards her. Cara is intriguing and helpful in calming and caring for his charge, Amelia. Cara soon finds herself caring for a child, which she vowed never to do again. But her heart is pulling her to help Harry and Amelia. Love is a powerful pull but is it enough? I enjoyed this fun read very much. There is something about the tension in falling in love that doesn’t get old. I married my high school sweetheart but our relationship prior to dating wasn’t always sweet. We were young and I was awkward. Rather than being upfront with our feelings we played that high school game of denial. Rather than saying hey I like you we teased each other. No one was teasing in this story but there was tension as the characters began to figure out their feelings. Here is a quote that I enjoyed from this book: “Do you see now why that is? Life can feel hard and unfair sometimes- no matter who you are. But whenever we decide to be thankful for the things we do have, somehow the rest doesn’t seem nearly so bad.” I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve shared here. For more reviews visit my blog here: https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
KatrinaEpperson 23 days ago
This is a wonderful story that will immediately swept me to London in the late 1800's. This is the first book I've read by this author, but not the last. She brought the characters to life for me with her vivid descriptions and by conveying their raw emotions realistically. Her characters are strong, complex and well developed. The plot is a mix of faith, mystery, romance, and forgiveness, but it's also so much more. Cara Bernay has a heart of gold. She has good intentions, but one misstep has her plagued with guilt and shame. As the story opens she is the nanny of a very active toddler, but when the child is put in danger by her actions her position is terminated. She has no place to turn except to her older sisters, which is not something she's excited about. Her father's disappearance and loss of her mother at a young age plus her time spent in an orphanage has shaped her into a woman of great compassion. Cara's arrival in London is met with many challenges, but she puts her best foot forward towards a future that opens up to her. I truly liked and admired this character. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history, romance, or just a good clean read. *I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
FHlady 26 days ago
The third and final book in the London Beginnings series focuses on the youngest of the three Bernay sisters, Caroline or Cara. Rosalyn, the oldest, has married and is a successful stage actress and singer. Julia, the middle sister, is on her honeymoon and will return to attend medical school to become a doctor. Cara, the youngest, is serving as a governess; but her real dream is to become an accomplished artist. Set in Victorian England, none of the Bernay sisters seem to march with the times but rather to their own drummer. Once again Delamere has a wonderful story filled with ups and down in the life of Cara as she attempts to reach her goal of being a portrait artist. She is somewhat immature, a bit naive, and very idealistic. But I loved seeing her grow in all these area as well as in her wisdom and faith. Langham was a devil-may-care, do as I please, self-centered young man who needed to definitely grow up, assume responsibility for his life, and make better choices. Henry, Lord Morestowe, was a wonderful hero-caring, supportive, and serious. Amelia, Henry's ward, often stole the show; and the interaction between her and Cara helped her make better choices as a 7 year old. Wonderful conclusion to this series which I would definitely recommend to those who love historical fiction. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
blueyz1962 27 days ago
This is the third and final book in the London Beginnings series by Jennifer Delamere and I loved it as much as the first and second book. They are the stories of three sisters that grew up in an orphanage after their father disappeared one day and their mother passed away. As adults they strike out on their own to make a living for themselves. This story is about the baby of the family Caroline "Cara" Bernay. Cara lost her job as a governess after a near tragedy and goes to London hoping to find help from her middle sister, Julia. However, she finds out from her sister's landlady that she has left the country for a time. Roaming the streets of London trying to find her way to her other sister, Rosalyn's in-laws home Cara runs into a Mr. Langham Burke, an artist. Mr. Burke takes pity on Cara and invites her to an art gallery before helping her find her sister. Cara eventually ends up at Langham's home with his room-mates and since Cara longs to become a painter, they take her in and give her a job as a model so she can make some money to buy painting supplies. Once Cara meets Langham's brother, Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, the attraction between the two is intense. Henry wants to take his eccentric brother home with him to keep him out of trouble and from spending what's left of the family fortune, which isn't much. So he invites Cara to come along as a guest and she agrees. Henry has a young ward, a seven year old girl believed to be Langham's illegitimate daughter that Langham believes is actually Henry's daughter. Cara and Henry's mother, the Countess, do not get along and she, the Countess, takes every opportunity to belittle Cara and make her the stand-in governess when the original governess is called away for a family emergency. Cara has sworn off being a governess again, but agrees just to keep the peace. Ok, that's enough of that. If you want to find out more about this story you are going to have to get the book. If you like clean, historical romance, you will love this book and I suggest you read them in order starting with The Captain's Daughter, then The Heart's Appeal and finishing with The Artful Match. Enjoy! I won this book in an online contest and am voluntarily leaving this review.
BrendaLee 27 days ago
This is the last book of this series and can be read as a stand alone. I love the Victorian artist where they portrayed so much of that era. It’s a great book when each character is fleshed out and you learn so much about them. The secrets, the truths and the faults of each character makes the story so much deeper. The strong faith of Cara shines through even when she deals with Amelia. Read this story to find out what Cara does when she finds out some secrets of the family after she goes to the estate of the Burke’s. If you like to read Historical Christian Fiction that has action in it you need to read this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
swissgranny 30 days 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 30 days 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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.