THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER
London 1879 - Forced to leave all she loves behind, she seeks a new life in a city bursting with opportunity, but fraught with danger.
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leaves Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater putting on the most popular show in the city. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. That is, as long as the shadows from her past don't catch up with her.
After a hand injury forces Nate Moran from his army regiment in India, he returns home to London, a place that holds bitter memories. He agrees to fill in temporarily as a stagehand while his brother recuperation from a broken leg, but Nate is counting down the days until he can rejoin his regiment. His future is decided -- until he meets a beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate yearns to leave behind.
A spectacular start to a promising new series. I felt that special thrill of discovery a reader gets when she embarks on what she knows is going to be a memorable fictional journey. It was anticipatory delight from the very first page! I mean, what's not to love -- a bit of Dickenish overtones mixed with Gilbert and Sullivan and the London stage! And make sure to check the author's notes at the back of the book (once you've finished reading, of course) to sort out the facts from the fiction. Fascinating historical details are expertly woven throughout Rosalyn and Nate's love story.
And what a sweet, tender...and reluctant...love story it is. Nate is all stoic military who thinks the only way he can run from his demons is by facing the rigors of army life head on. India is no place to bring a wife even if Rosalyn was so inclined. Which she's not. She has no intention of leaving her sisters in England behind. And then there's the lure of the stage and the new life she's creating for herself in a world she's never imagined. There's the kind of dynamics between these two that still makes me slightly giddy. Such a rich, multi-layered romance.
Be prepared for plenty of angst and drama. Laughter too. And a host of intriguing secondary characters -- both delightful and sinister -- and just plain infuriating. I'm excited to continue the London Beginnings series when Rosalyn's sister Julia's story comes out in March 2018 -- The Heart's Appeal. I can't wait!
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.
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