Friday, June 30, 2017

The Captain's Daughter

GIVEAWAY

DELAMERE, JENNIFER
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.

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Captain's Daughter, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 2 2107. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

52 comments:

  1. Been just recently seeing this one around, I'd read it from the cover alone! I mean, c'mon is it gorgeous or what!?!?!

    Sounds like a "meaty" read and not just a pretty cover...lol!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's the kind of read that will sweep you away. I'm so excited about this series. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. I agree with Trixi, the cover is beautiful.

    I just finished a historical novel that began and ended in London and I loved it. So I'd be ready to read another historical set in London. Your review has definitely drawn me in to put this one on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win it Kav.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. London in the Victorian age is such an exciting time! You'll love this, Cindy. Good luck.

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  3. Looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing it with us. 😃
    iamabho at gmail dot com

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  4. Added her name to my author list to read. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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    1. This is only the second book I've read by Jennifer Delamere so I have some catching up to do and am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Good luck, Kim.

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  5. Jennifer is new to me and I would love to give her book a try.Thank you for a great review,Kav!mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I think you'll definitely enjoy The Captain's Daughter, Melanie. Good luck.

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  6. This is a new author to me. The story sounds like a great historical fiction one set in London! Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck.

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  7. Have heard so much about this book. Would love to read it. Thanks for your great review (as always) and the giveaway.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. It has great reviews and lots of positive chatter. Good luck, Mindy.

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  8. Already have this on my wish list....so make my wish come true, Kav 😉
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Wish lists are so much fun to make up, aren't they? We'll try waving the magic reading wand and see what happens. LOL Good luck, Lucy.

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  9. Heard a lot about this book-- all good. Can't wait to read it! New to me author. Thanks for chance to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Well deserved praise for sure. Good luck, Paula.

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  10. Another new author for me to discover and add to my TBR list. Thank you for the chance to win it, Kav.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. That ever growing list -- will we ever catch up? :-) Good luck, Diane.

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  11. I love it when the author includes historical information in the back of the book!
    Dianna (dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

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    1. I do too. It's fascinating to see how fact is woven into the fiction. Good luck, Dianna.

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  12. this sounds like a wonderful book that will keep us on the edge of our seats.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. It definitely will! Good luck, Lori.

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  13. I have been wanting to read this book. It sounds so intriguing. Thanks for sharing. amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. You're welcome, Aimee. Good luck.

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  14. "And what a sweet, tender...and reluctant...love story it is." Wow! Yes I'm interested - not just because of your quote - it does sound like a good read. Especially interested because the story goes on in a series. becci43atgmaildotcom

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    1. I love finding a good series too -- especially where each book can be read as a standalone so we're not left with a frustrating cliffhanger. The author does a wonderful job of setting the groundwork for the next book -- which will be about Rosalyn's sister, Julia. Good luck, Becky.

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  15. This book captured my eye from the first time I saw it. What a beautiful cover! I've been wondering if the book is as good as the cover...wonder no more! Your review has totally won me over! I can't wait to delve into reading 'The Captain's Daughter'! Thanks for the GREAT review, Kav, and the opportunity of this giveaway! ~Alison

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- definitely think the cover promises just what the book delivers! Good luck, agboss.

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  16. By the cover, I am interested in reading this book!
    Thanks!

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  17. I've coined the ("anticipatory delight") phenomena as Reader Anticipation Euphoria (REA)! I often get REA before I've even read the first page. You've got it started with your review. haha tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. REA -- Love it -- and suffer from it frequently...thank goodness! I feel a spell coming on just thinking about the delights waiting for me in my TBR pile! Good luck, Terrill.

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  18. I discovered what I think was Jennifers very first book in a used bookstore. Would love to read more. Sounds like a good start to a new series!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I need to play catch up on her earlier books -- all with equally gorgeous covers, I might add. Good luck, Patty.

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  19. KAV, I'm so excited to read this new series! Thank you for your FABULOUS review!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck!

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  20. Historical novels are interesting. Your review makes this one sound like a really good read.

    bonnijean dot marley at gmail

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    1. It totally is -- good luck, BJM!

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  21. I would love to win!
    gracelz1 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  22. This cover! It's just beautiful! Love your review too!

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    1. Yes it is -- doesn't it just beckon you to step inside? Good luck, Nancy.

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  23. This cover,this book I really can't wait to read this. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. It's the real deal from the gorgeous cover right through to 'the end'. Good luck, Deanne.

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  24. Would love to win this. You are a new author to me and this book sounds great! 😊

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  25. I would love to read about Rosalyn and Nate and their past and what ends up drawing each other to them!

    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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