The Captain's Daughter

The Captain's Daughter

by Jennifer Delamere

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The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

Warm-Hearted Victorian Romance Brings 1880s London to Life

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he's glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can't wait to leave behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219207
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: London Beginnings Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 370,873
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(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, 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.

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The Captain's Daughter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
RockandMinerals4Him 11 months ago
I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now, and I finally buddy read it with my friend Mary (at least, up until I went and finished it before I was supposed to. #oops) Both of the main characters I really liked: Rosalyn was really sweet (although clueless? like, vERY clueless?), and Nate is just sweet and cute and all thAT. Both of them have a really interesting backstory, which I enjoyed reading. A lot of this book was set in the theatre, which I really liked as well. Seeing how the theatre tied everything together (also the charACTER DEVELOPMENT on Rosalyn's part in the theatre thOUGH) was lots of fun, and also the theaTRE CAT. CAN I HAVE HIM??? One thing I was slightly confused about was the fact that the title and the cover really didn't match what was IN the book? Like yes, Rosalyn is a captain's daughter, but aside from that, it was literally never mentioned. I don't know what's going on. All that being said, this book really was very sterotypical of Christian fiction: I'm rereading that post as I link it and it's just like yup, check, check, that too, so if you want a brief synopsis, read that post lol. All in all, it was a fun book. There is almost no brain power needed to read it, and it isn't particularly memorable, but it was still a fun read! My Ranking- 6/10 Things liked- They were from George Mueller's orphanage, how cool! Theatre things Nate (also Nate and his family) was so precious and lovely and bantery and I loved them Things disliked- that bit about a brothel. Like yes, I get why it was relevant . . . but there could have been better ways to do it? very sterotypical Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. This post first appeared on: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/book-review-the-captains-daughter-by-jennifer-delamere/
blueyz1962 More than 1 year ago
This is a new-to-me author and I am not disappointed to have read this first book in the London Beginnings series. I found the storyline original and well written. The characters were well developed and likable. The heroine, Rosalyn Bernay, is a strong individual with a mind of her own. After being accused of steeling by her employer's husband, Rosalyn runs to London to escape his and the police's clutches. There she runs into the hero, Nate Moran. He tries to rescue her from a bad man at the train station only to frighten her into the arms of an old woman claiming to be her aunt. Eventually, Rosalyn meets up with Nate again at the local theater when she is given a job as a dresser for the actresses of the play and he is a stage hand. They seem to hit it off once Nate is able to convince Rosalyn he is harmless. This is the story of their relationship and how to be able to trust people, to forgive, to be honest and to follow your dreams. I really enjoyed this clean, Christian historical romance and recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance. Enjoy! I received this book for my honest review. The opinions stated are purely my own.
Kayla_Stierwalt More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. I enjoyed this story, especially for its London 1879 setting. It followed the intersecting lives of Rosalyn Bernay and Nate Moran as they worked at a theater company. They both sought to overcome struggled of their recent past, which they both hid from the other at the outset. Rosalyn hurriedly left her previous employer amid a scandal, and she wished to clear her name and prove her innocence; Nate grappled with the heartbreak of a broken engagement and the injury sustained in battle when he received the breakup letter. They both had to overcome their pride and worry of others’ perceptions while they sought to improve their economic status and stability. This they ended up doing together as Rosalyn rented a room from the Bernay family and they worked at the same theater. The London setting, the class struggle and the theater details made for a fun atmosphere. The story itself fit into it like a classic from that time period. The characters also showed depth and relatability in their struggles. Most importantly, they had to stand their ground on their values and seek peace through forgiveness of themselves and others. Rosalyn showed a deep understanding and empathy of others as she encountered a variety of people with different backgrounds and intentions. Though Nate thought she might make easy prey for men with ill intentions, Rosalyn contemplated what people might think or want when they interacted with her. Instead of harboring bitterness when someone hurt her, she sought to understand their background and to let go of the situation so she could move forward. In contrast, Nate struggled with this, especially when it came to forgiving his fiancé for breaking the engagement and with forgiving himself for unintentionally putting a comrade in his regimen in danger. Throughout the story, these characters showed the effects of holding grudges and the peace that came with forgiveness. Overall, this book offered a neat story with some more encouragement that took place in a familiar London class and setting in the town and theater. It demonstrated the power of forgiveness and the power of persistence. The characters stuck to their values and encountered good outcomes. After finishing the book, I felt like I too could move forward in my goals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice Christian romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story and the characters, the author is a new favorite of mine. I look forward to reading more in the series,
bellesmoma16 More than 1 year ago
The Captain’s Daughter (2017) by Jennifer Delamere is the first book in her London Beginnings series. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 352 pages in length. With a full-time job, and a 5-year old who was sick with the flu this week, The Captain’s Daughter took me four days to read. I purchased a copy of this novel to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this novel 4.5 STARS. The Captain’s Daughter is a Historical Christian Romance. This is my very first read of a Jennifer Delamere novel, but it certainly won’t be my last. I found The Captain’s Daughter to be engaging and highly entertaining. The main characters, Rosalyn and Nate, are well written, but I actually found myself enjoying the secondary characters better. The personalities of the secondary characters were endearing and symbolic. They reminded me a bit of many of Charles Dickens’s secondary characters. Of the two main characters, I liked Nate the best because he takes on problems that remind me a little of myself. Nate was in the military, but at the start of this story he is recuperating from a severe wound he sustained while in India. He feels the entire incident where he was hurt was his fault and wants badly to heal and reenlist so he can “make-up” for his mistakes. Over the course of the novel, Nate is insistent, much to his family’s dismay, that he will reenlist no matter what and will make right what he feels he did wrong. Nate is a worker and a fixer. When something is wrong, Nate immediately wants to work to fix everything for everyone. In this, I really related to his character. I, too, want to fix everything for everyone so no one is unhappy and God is not disappointed. But, this is exhausting behavior. A very smart character by the name of Danvers realizes what Nate is doing and tells him, “absolution doesn’t come through what we can do, does it? It comes from another source. One greater than ourselves” (338). This stops Nate right in his tracks as he realizes he never once went to God for forgiveness. He never talked to God about the situation or his actions in it. He never gave the burden over to God. Nate simply put himself to hard work trying to earn God’s forgiveness. All this does to Nate is exhaust him physically and spiritually. I really loved this message the most. It definitely came, as all God’s reminders do, at exactly the moment I needed to hear it. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s forgiveness. All He wants is for us to come to Him with our problems, sins, insecurities, failings, worries, etc. He wants us to discuss them together, and to leave our burdens at His cross. He wants to do the work for us. As Jesus says in the Bible, His yoke is light. All we need to do is come to Him and accept that like yoke. What a beautiful message. It was well worth reading this book to be reminded of this again. I very much appreciated the historical detail to this story. It is beyond obvious that Jennifer Delamere did an extensive amount of research into this story. I felt like I was transported back to Victorian London! The sights, the smells, the cold London winter, the feel of the rickety old theater where Rosalyn works, the stark difference between an upper-class neighborhood a middle-class neighborhood and a poor, low-class neighborhood were all so very realistic to me. I could envision it all so clearly as the attention to detail is superb. I enjoyed feeling like I was right there with Rosalyn and Nate.
BookwormLisa More than 1 year ago
Life has a way of taking a different direction than originally planned. This book set in Victorian England illustrates that sometimes the change in direction can be a blessing. Rosalyn Bernay is a young woman who grew up in an orphanage. She has courage and strength and a deep love of God. She has faith that things will work out, even when she is on the run from an unscrupulous employer. I love that once she sets her path in a direction, she doesn't deviate from her standards and true character. Her life takes her to the theater. A strange place for a Christian woman during the time period. She finds charity, love, and acceptance in unusual places. She is provided the help and direction that she needs to make a happy life for herself. Nate is a soldier who has a past that haunts him. He feels that he needs to seek redemption for a mistake that could have been deadly. He is drawn to Rosalyn, but she doesn't fit in with the life that he has planned for himself. This book has really great characters. They show the opposition in life. Some are worldly, some are godly, some are thieves, and other are full of charity and love. I loved the dynamics of the people who come into Rosalyn's life. The book is well written and has an easy flow for the reader. Hopefully Jennifer Delamere will have books featuring some of the characters that I would love to know more about. There is a potential for some great books coming from this one. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I love reading books about the theater in London. This book was so good. I loved the characters of Rosalyn and Nate. This book had a few twists and turns throughout this wonderful historical fiction romance. Each character learns to trust in God again. They each have to grow in faith. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
This is a great historical fiction that paints the picture of London in the 1800’s. This being said there are nice things about London at that time and not so nice things about London. This author does a great job with making it feel really realistic and not predictable with some intense scenes of what one might fall into if found a woman, alone in the city of London at the train station. I’m really glad that the heroine found freedom from the sad situation and not just freedom but exciting hope. I’m also a huge fan of George Muller and that was a great touch to the story for me. This is written with the idea that the main woman is a former orphan at the orphanage. It shows her living out the truths she learned under George’s roof all those years. It’s a great read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and was under no obligation to post a review.
SylviaM More than 1 year ago
The orchestra music plays; voices rise and fall in melodious song; organized chaos, hustle and bustle of people and props. The Opera. Jennifer Delamere has penned a stunning page-turner in The Captain’s Daughter. I was immediately captivated by heroine, Roslyn Bernay’s story set in Victorian London, England. From the first page I was sucked in by Roslyn’s desperate plight. We follow her through danger and destitution. Rejoice when she reaches a safe, satisfying destination. Theatre is the backdrop of this entertaining novel. I enjoyed learning about all the ins and outs of stage and opera life. Jennifer Delamere gives such descriptive details of this world that one feels as if one has been a part of the cast. I have never seen the two productions mentioned in The Captain’s Daughter, but now have a desire to see them for myself! Opposite the frolic and fantasy of theatre life, we have the faithful fortress of a family. Roslyn is an orphan with two sisters, but no living parents. She is a more serious, quiet heroine, but will talk more and relax with people she knows. Roslyn is independent, but is cautious and can be slightly too trusting at times. She was different from a lot of heroines and I liked that. I love the hero, Nate Moran’s steadiness and care for Roslyn. She needs a place in life and Nate and his family are a stable influence in her world. As a hero I never felt like I got to know Nate as well as I should have. I liked him, but wished I could have gotten to know him better. The Moran family is the best. Especially Nate’s brother. They provide a lightness in what could be a more serious story. These supporting characters added to the novel greatly. Ms. Delamere has such a gift for story-telling and keeping one’s attention. I could hardly put the book down! The only drawback was not enough romance. It could have been upped more, but I had to keep reminding myself that this novel is categorized as historical fiction, not romance. The author’s previous series was romance and I kept expecting more. There is a slight Dickens feel to this novel, but the setting, atmosphere, and characters have stepped right from the pages of a Sherlock Holmes story. One without the mystery though. The Captain’s Daughter is an excellent, entertaining read. If you enjoy the writing styles of Rosslyn Elliott, Anne Mateer, and Karen Barnett, you will want to read this novel.
Bookish-Bakes More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest. As much as a I enjoyed this novel, I was totally surprised by the route the plot took. I think that the title and the description led me to feel as if the story would play out in a different way. Maybe that is a good thing. It definitely surprised me, but I just personally felt like I could not connect with the book like I have with other historical fiction works. Still, if you are a fan or know a lot about the the 1800's, you might find yourself totally head over heels in love with this book. Being that I participated in high school plays, I can relate to the feelings and emotions of being on stage. However, I feel like it needed more action in my opinion. It felt as if the scenes got bland and slow. Only when she was working or on stage did I start to feel lost in the pages. I very much hope that her writing and story picks up pace as the books are released. That being said, there are a few things that I absolutely loved about the book. First, I fell in love with the characters immediately. They were very believable and had chemistry. I enjoyed watching main character Nate interact with his family, especially his brother Patrick. They all seemed so warm and welcoming. I found myself laughing out loud many times at how old school his mother's comments sounded. It still amazes me how different things were back in those days. Second, I just loved her morals and how she lined everything up for a life lesson on how God works in our lives, even when we do not realize it. Third, I really enjoyed learning about the theater in those days. Though I know nothing about stage lighting now or then, it did place an interest in me to do some research on my own time. She really has a way of making it all sound so interesting and intriguing. Her writing flows nicely and never was there a time that I felt lost or confused. I am very optimistic about the second novel. I was not surprised to find that it will be based around her sister. I wondered, when I first began to read the book, if each one would be from a sisters point of view. I really love this idea, and being that her youngest sister sounds so interesting, I am very excited to hear more about her story. If you love historical fiction, then I high recommend giving this book a chance. I want to thank Bethany House for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. It really was a nice and easy read that I am happy to add to my growing collection.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
If you are a sucker for historical romances, this story is right up your alley. The characters were first-rate as well as the description of the theater and its workings. If you are a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan, you will enjoy how Delamere entwined their operettas with the story. The Captain’s Daughter is about a young lady who went through a great deal in her life. Rosalyn, orphaned at an early age, had to run away from her job and was being confronted by two men when she arrived in London. Tired, hungry, and alone, Rosalyn felt comforted by a woman who offered to help her. When the woman turned out to be not such a good person, Rosalyn did not lose hope. After wandering the streets, Rosalyn’s prayers were answered when she found a job in a theatre, and a place to sleep. Nate, one of the men from the train station, was worried about her welfare and offered to help her until he returned to the army. Nate was nothing more than a gentleman. The story follows how Rosalyn and Nate struggle with their paths to help them build a future. Rosalyn works tirelessly as a dresser backstage, but is soon receiving vocal lessons from a new friend named Tony Hayes and dreaming of stepping on to the stage herself. Tony appears to be quite devoted to her, opening up further possibilities. Meanwhile, Rosalyn has developed a steady friendship with Nate and the whole Moran family and hopes he might change his mind about resuming military life. The Captain's Daughter is an interesting story and draws you into a different time. One where reputations matter and the life of an orphan can have many turns. Although I did enjoy this book, I was a little disappointed by the title. The cover mentions a captain on it and I was expecting an adventure on the High Seas, but this book was more about a historical fiction featuring theater life and the hustle and bustle of the behind-the-scenes of musical theater and the joy of a flawless performance. The world of a Gilbert and Sullivan production is full of gaiety, friendliness, and the daily thrill of performances. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers for my review.
TheBookUniverse More than 1 year ago
"Hypeness" Rating: 5.0 Book received from the Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I am going to have to say, this book really surprised me! After reading the reviews and reading the summary, I was only mildly interested. Rosalyn Bernay was a fantastic heroine in this book! I loved how she seemed so realistic and I that I was able to connect with her. She is penniless, scared, and lonely on the streets of London. Though at first she didn't want to come to London, she finds that she is welcomed by humble and not-so humble people and a brilliant opportunity to earn money for herself. While Rosalyn is finding her way, another young man, Nate Moran, has been told to stay in London due to an injury he received in India instead of being in the army. Though he would rather be in the army, he enjoys working nights as a stagehand. In this exciting book, Rosalyn and Nate find their way through the darkness together. Both of them work behind the scenes in the spectacular Opera Comique theatre. Rosalyn is a very determined and talented character with a big heart. She is willing to take any chances and proves herself onstage. The relationship between Nate and Rosalyn was absolutely heart-warming! The growing friendship and trust that grows between them is amazing. This book had me wanting more and more with every turning page. I really liked how this book was set on the Victorian side of London. It made the story more alive in this setting. There were characters like Jessie who were such supportive characters towards Rosalyn and really represented true friendship. Then there were characters like Tony that you wished weren't around. The only really "downside" for me was that I didn't understand the point of the title's name. It didn't really play a role in the book and it didn't make sense compared to the story. All in all, is this book worth your time? Definite yes! I cannot wait to read the next tale Ms.Delamere has in store for us! Thank you once more to the Bethany House for providing me a copy of this wonderful book.
Christy White More than 1 year ago
I was delighted to read the new release of Jennifer Delamere, The Captain's Daughter which is the first book in her London Beginnings series. The cover "sets the stage" (pardon the pun) for our entrance into London and the title is reminiscent of Alexander Pushkin's The Captain's Daughter. This delightful book is set in London in the late 19th century. (Read: historical romance) It takes place in the theatre of the day. Historical elements touch on Gilbert and Sullivan who took the theatre world by storm at that time and George Muller's orphanages. Everyone loves a good story that includes emotional elements. And who doesn't love love? So in addition for feeling for the characters, the reader also gets to learn about history. The time was well-researched and the setting authentic. The story's most encouraging part is that though bad things happen to people, they are not defeated. And sometimes we find that the places we long to escape the most will actually bring the most healing. I really enjoyed Nate and Rosalyn's relationship. I look forward to following books in that "London Beginnings" series. And I will be recommending it to my other Christian historical romance loving friends. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings Book #1) by [Delamere, Jennifer]The Captain's Daughter is the first book in London Beginnings. I enjoy historical fiction. In this book, Rosalyn is leaving her employer, but ends up losing everything she owns, ends up in a brothel and employed at the London theater. While there she comes across a man, Nate, who has his own story. He was part of the army, serving in India when he suffered a hand injury. He goes back to London, his home. While there he agrees to fill in for his brother as a stage hand, as his brother recovers from a broken leg. He knows he will return to his regiment and to his future. The he meats Rosalyn. I enjoyed this novel but I felt like the pace needed to settle down. the beginning felt rushed and then, partway through the book, I felt like it began to drag. The relationship between Nate and Rosalyn was lovely. It was a joy to share in their relationship. I also enjoyed the theater story line, including the author bringing Gilbert and Sullivan into it. For those that enjoy historical romance, I feel like this book is a good choice. I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When given a choice between several fictional books, it was initially the title that caught my attention. My assumption was that this might be a seafaring novel of sorts. One glimpse at the cover told me something completely different: a romance novel. Meh. I may not be big on romance novels, but I have read them from time to time, at least those set as historical fiction. The Captain's Daughter is just that, historical fiction. During Victorian England, at the time of Gilbert and Sullivan, the story of Rosalyn unfolds. Having lost her father at a young age, Rosalyn, and her sisters, had grown up in an orphanage. The interesting thing is that the George Müller orphanage mentioned in this story had actually been a real place. Due to some misunderstanding and subsequent trouble, Rosalyn was forced to flee her current employment and landed in London. Being unfamiliar with the city, she found herself in dire straits. Unsavory characters aimed to take advantage of her and it was difficult to discern the good from the bad. Touching on the dangers of sexual exploitation, there's a close call for her until she finds her way to a theater and the group performing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Jennifer Delamere's story is a fast read. Seriously. I finished this book in three days and that's unheard of for me. I tend to be a slow reader (I blame my kids, lol). But this was a light, enjoyable read. That isn't to say there's not a good story within. Some might be put off by the mention of God or of Rosalyn's faith, but that's the character. She trusts in God to provide for her and, as the story goes, we find how despite the bad, good can come out of it. Book one of London Beginnings, thankfully the author doesn't leave us with a major cliffhanger, so rest assured that you won't be angry at unresolved story line come the end of the novel. Still, I believe it will leave you wanting to learn more of Rosalyn, Nate and the rest of the characters. For readers who enjoy historical fiction, for those that like a little romance, but not as far as 50 Shades, I highly recommend this book. It's a great read for the summer, while relaxing on vacation. Grab a copy, a chair and sit yourself down at the beach (or lake). While basking in the warmth of the sun, with an iced beverage and a cool breeze, enjoy reading the journey of Rosalyn Bernay.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House. 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.”
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
As a reader and reviewer I tried to broaden my reading experiences. Normally I am not a huge fan of historical romances so when one is offered I have to think about it I have time to devote to it. They seem to take me awhile to read. I have been pleasantly surprised and am now becoming more of a fan of historical romances. I have become acquainted with new authors and some great new books. Somehow series books seem to interest me. I get into a story and I look forward to and hope to read about the other characters in their own stories. The Captain's Daughter is a great start to a new series. If your a fan of historical romances pick this one up. If your on the fence check it out. You'll become a fan too! I Received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“The Captain’s Daughter” contains the elements of a good story: some mild suspense; an awakening love story; a character’s dash of confidence provided by her faith; a developing interest and resultant new life direction; and a resolution of inner turmoil. Then why exactly did the book’s story line seem to fall flat? It is hard to say. The book opens with the main character escaping a bad situation, only to find herself in an even more precarious situation on the streets of London. She shows some pluckiness and faith, and escapes the trap. Then, for 200 pages or so, the story lines flounders. The Captain’s daughter finds work and slowly, slowly discovers her interest in the world of the theater. Her relationship with the man the reader just knows she will end up with slowly, slowly builds. Two hundred pages is too long to wait for these events to occur. Then, finally, the book wraps up – not with a major revelation such as the reader is expecting, such as “the Captain comes home” – but with a slow fizzle: the couple get together, but he is going to follow her new, barely started career. The reader is left wondering how long this will actually last. While a “nice” book and an easy read, the story lacked colorful, evocative descriptions of London or the theater. The theme of the main character being from George Muller’s orphanage was not played up to the level it could have been. The story line moved much too slowly – too much like real life does. And lastly, the title of the book did not really tie in to the story at all. Sadly, “The Captain’s Daughter” was a disappointment. I was provided with a copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for this unbiased review.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing , wonderful writing and compelling to read with bring you to the beautiful time of London in 1878 with the story that full of spirit, love, hope, family and adventure with story of a woman the forced to leave and all she love behind to seek a new life in a city Bursting with she hope that it will have for more opportunity for the better life than she was in her home town to make her dream come true but what she have not expect to happen and she have to going through is the fraught with danger was waiting for her. When a story of circumstances beyond her control leaves. Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chance upon a job backstage at a theater putting on the most popular show in the city. She had a talent as a musician and singer, that was make her feels immediately at home and soon she become enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. After a hand injury forces Nate Moran from his army regiment in India. He return home to London. 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 cam 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. The Captain’s Daughter is set during the time of the original production of HMS Pinafore. Many of the characters in this book are based on real people: Jessie Bond, Helen Lenoir, George Grossmith, and other of the lead players and the theater management. This story also had a religious and spiritual inquiry was a very real part of most Victorians’ lives, both in the intellectual approach via biblical research, and in the practical of everyday life. The life of George Mullern is one example. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. " I received a complimentary of this book from Litfuse Blog tour program for this review "
BH More than 1 year ago
The Captain's Daughter, written by Jennifer Delamere, is book 1 of London Beginnings. This is the first I've read of Delamere's books. I was pleased in the setting and the character development. I always have loved this era and find that Delamere's creative qualities in the book. I loved how she merged three of her passions and interesting into the book...the operettas of Gilber and Sullivan, Victoria England and the children's home of George Muller. I think my favorite character was Nate. He was pretty awesome from the start! He was always thinking of others. I liked Rosalyn, but she seemed almost too naive through most of the book. I realize she grew up in a sheltered life, for the most part. She was a sweet girl and very lovely. I'm looking forward to the next books as I think as this author grows this family we'll see some pretty awesome results! I would recommend this book for teens on up. Clean, lightly inspirational, not preachy, and a fun view of a group of people and time/place that I've not read much positive about. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER is a heartwarming story about one of three sisters who sets off into the world with high hopes to find that only through God and kind people can she find her way and possibly love. The setting is interesting, as are the characters. The story is steady with some intense moments scattered throughout. Overall, an enjoyable read. I really liked Nate, the leading man of the story. He came across as reliable and steady and proved that he indeed was time and again. I had mixed emotions about Rosalyn. Her childhood was somewhat sheltered, but then she lived in an orphanage for some years after losing her mother and it seemed like she should have had more street smarts than she did. She got into a few situations that I felt like she shouldn't have—that she should have known better. It made her come across as younger or naive, and not always authentic. That was the biggest thing I struggled with in this story. The story, as a whole, was sweet. The inspirational aspects didn't feel overly done, which I always appreciate. I also love other dynamics, such as the music and Nate's family. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a story that I enjoyed, for the most part. I am curious to learn what happens to the other sisters. Content: Some innuendo, but clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
Emme_Faith_Church More than 1 year ago
When I started up the book I was pretty intrigued. A young woman accused of a crime she didn’t commit? Good. Increases the tension. Almost gets stuck in a brothel? Good. More tension increase. But after that things started getting less good (in my humble opinion). When I originally read the synopsis I was looking forward to seeing some cool theater acting in a way. I like acting and so I wanted to get a peek at it. But this…was just not what I wanted. As the main character gets more interested in acting…I felt that she was becoming less good. Less worth having. I did not like the way acting was portrayed in the book—and therefore, when the main character started loving it…that was a turn-off. I might not have minded quite so much if the main character had steadfastly ignored the attention she got from other actors at the theater. But no, in my opinion she was a little flaky. She was VERY VERY foolish with another male character. And instead of stopping his flirtatious advances she encouraged them. Huge turnoff for me. That is one thing I absolutely cannot abide in a novel. If you stick a strong love interest for the main gal in the story…she HAS to know her heart in regards to him. And she has to be faithful in thought, word, and deed. And the main guy was SO obviously better. Which brings me to my final thoughts on the story. The main guy made it worth it to read until the end. Because I wanted to know what happened to him. He had chapters told from his perspective which gave me an in-depth peek at who he is as a person. BUT…I couldn’t help but feel he deserved someone better than the main girl in the end. And then when the conclusion came…I felt their relationship was somewhat lacking. I didn’t feel connected enough to both of them to enjoy the climax. That said, I liked the start of the book—and the parts with the main man in it. If I could transport this guy into another book I read recently (where the gal was good, but I didn’t like the guy ) I totally would. So anyway this book wasn’t really my thing, thus the three stars. Note: I received a copy of the book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. As you can tell…if they wanted a positive review—I would be officially busted right now. All opinions are my own (I have no accomplice and wasn’t aided or abetted ).
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! I was looking forward to reading a new-to-me author, but wasn't sure how I felt about the Victorian time period and theater setting since I haven't read much in either. I think the characters were so likeable and the conflict mostly came from exterior sources so I was really rooting for them to overcome and persevere. I appreciated the positive and compassionate attitude of Jessie especially, the singer who took Rosalyn under her wing and helped her find employment in the theater backstage. Nate is such a good guy, protective of Rosalyn, even from himself. The details of the stage performances and play from Gilbert and Sullivan were fascinating and added a whimsical charm to the working class of London. Rosalyn definitely had her eyes opened to the seedy underbelly of the city, but manages to still be naive when it comes to the men she works with. I liked Nate's family and Rosalyn's sisters, and the girls of the chorus that Rosalyn assisted. There is a great balance to the dynamics of all the characters, and they were portrayed in a way that I felt like I was able to get to know them quickly. I hope to read more in this series! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
After having read a fabulous historical fiction featuring the theaters of Victorian London earlier this year, I have been yearning for another story set on the stage. Jennifer Delamere has been on my radar since reading a book in her Love's Grace series a few years ago. Thankfully, Bethany House and Ms. Delamere read my mind and delivered a sweet historical as well as The Pirates of Penzance! Okay. There aren't really any pirates in The Captain's Daughter, but the hustle and bustle of the behind-the-scenes of musical theater and the joy of a flawless performance gave this reader a thrill! Trust me. I was in drama club in high school, I know what I'm about. Ha! ;-) The Captain's Daughter is a interesting story, even if the romance is a bit dull. Nate and Rosalyn don't have the most sparkling chemistry, and I thought that Nate was a little too controlling of Rosalyn right from their first meeting. She seemed to not make any decision about her life without thinking of what Nate would do or say. I'm the type of reader who likes a little bit more independence and sass in her heroines. It's not a bad story by any means, but as a romance, it's not my favorite! Hopefully Rosalyn's story continues in book two. I'm so curious to see how Julia's story plays out. The few scenes where she is present, are so fun! One can never read too many stories of the bonds of sisterhood! Jennifer Delamere pens a story that is well-researched and as smooth as a theater production. The Heart's Appeal (London Beginnings, Book 2) can't come soon enough for this reader! ~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~ *I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
As Christian historical fiction The Captain's Daughter provides some mildly entertain reading that is clean and that touches on the period of London in 1879. I found it interesting that the story included backstage activity and references to the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "HMS Pinafore." The story is rife with dramatic events and villians that prey on innocent young ladies and a charming hero who ultimately rescues the young lady. It begins with young sisters atop a hill and swiftly switches to the heroin, Rosalyn, fleeing the wrath of her employee who accuses her of being a thief. Rosalyn lands in London and barely escapes the clutches of the lowest of the low of London's immoral street life. She then is swept into the rescuing arms of lovelies in the theater. I wonder at the choice of title as the Captain seemed to be missing in the book. However, she was a captain's daughter and though her father was missing, the sweet ending references this and connects it to HMS Pinafore. I'm just wondering how Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan would like the connection. The book is entertaining though not a favorite. I can recommend it because it is not offensive, it is clean and decent, has a sweet romance, and it has interesting characters. It just wasn't appealing to me. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.