The Captain’s Daughter

The Captain’s Daughter

The Captain’s Daughter (Bethany House, June 2017)

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.

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  • Amazing story of hope and courage, faith in God and hardship of life….

  • I thought this was a really interesting story and I loved the references to the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas that were so popular at this time. London seemed a dirty and dangerous place, especially for a young woman on her own. The rewarding part of this novel is the generous help Rosalyn had along the way. I know you will enjoy this story.

  • The Captain’s Daughter is the perfect story for fans of mysteries and musicals!  With an unusual combination of Gilbert and Sullivan, London theater life, and villains on every corner, this story is unexpectedly fun.

  • “The Captain’s Daughter”, by author Jennifer Delamere is the kind of book that once you start reading it you really lose yourself in the story. Rosalyn Bernay is a young woman who in the year 1879 is in London when she finds herself in horrible circumstances. She is alone and she has to make tough decisions. How will she get on alone? I give this book a 5/5.

  • I found The Captain’s Daughter difficult to put down. Yes, I was frustrated by the love triangle in it because I wanted Rosalyn to wake up but that just made me want to continue reading. It’s a great start to a new series and I’m looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out.

  • An absolutely beautiful well written story that I enjoyed a lot. A Christian historical read that I couldn’t wait to jump into.

  • The setting was rich with details and the characters, though could’ve been a bit more developed were vibrant. The message was well played out and the series thread seems well in place. What I find “missing” has more to do with the pace which doesn’t seem to transition as well as I’ve liked for a smooth read. Yet, despite the little nuances I’ve mentioned, The Captain’s Daughter is a great first book to a series that I definitely look forward to continue you.

  • As a first introduction to Jennifer Delamere’s writing, I have to say, it was a delightful experience!

  • A sweet lovely romance set in London in the late 1800’s. Perfect read for the beach!

  • Jennifer Delamere, the author,  is new to me, and I am glad I got a chance to read some of her work. Delamere wove an interesting tale that was fun and very easy to read.  From the moment I started reading, I loved this book!  The characters were so interesting and the Delamere had done a wonderful job of telling their story and making them relatable.

  • This historical romance really hit the spot for me. It was well written, intrigued the readers, and has well developed characters supported by a great story! The story takes place in a theater in Victorian England, which has much to offer. 

  • The author gives the reader a good group of characters that have real emotions and those emotions stir up the reader’s emotions. You are drawn into the characters also because they have baggage, which we all do, but you can relate to characters better when you can realize what demons and fears they are trying hard to face.

  • The story’s characters were likable, although not very complex. There was a little in the way of thoughts and feelings that revealed the characters, but there was more action and dialogue that carried the story along. I tend to prefer less action and dialogue and more introspective character development.

  • I am not usually a fan of Victorian England based novels but I am such a sucker for a good love story! I love the history included in this book and it was really interesting to learn about the theater!

  • I am loving the cover on this book! Also, the setting is so fun, I love London. As for the story line I had a difficult time fully getting into it. It was slow going for me and while I liked Nate, Rosalyn just didn’t click with me.

  • This was a wonderful, well written great historical fiction book! Put this on your summer reading list. This book will engulf you as the pages turn fast. You’ll enjoy this book, I promise!

  • From the moment I started reading this amazing story I was captivated by the authors words. She was able to transport me to Victorian London with her dazzling descriptions and realism. I could feel the cold nights as our main character wandered the streets. There were times I could feel Rosalyn’s fear as she felt helpless and alone.

  • The highlight of this novel for me was the time spent at the theater. HMS Pinafore is playing at the theater Rosalyn and Nate work at, and Gilbert and Sullivan even make cameo appearances in the story! The novel is set during the writing and early production of Pirates of Penzance, and “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” ran on a loop through my head basically the entire time I was reading this book.

  • If you are a lover of historical romance who also happens to have a penchant for Gilbert & Sullivan, you are in for a real treat with this novel.

  • The Captain’s Daughter is a lovely, well written novel that leaves you inspired and hopeful. A great read from start to finish.I loved that our two main characters are not from a rich family, they weren’t born into wealth and they don’t see wealth throughout this novel – like many historical novels can be based around. Instead the focus is on their past, their future, hope and love. They are surrounded with family and love – the two things you can’t live without!

  • Overall, I enjoyed reading The Captain’s Daughter. I thought it was well-written, fast-paced romance. It wasn’t a perfect read, as there were a few flaws, but none that distracted me too much from enjoying the novel.

  • Right from the beginning to the end of this book the author showed us how God played a roll in this young woman’s life, she ends up in the right place at the right time. Even when danger lurks somehow she becomes aware of her plight and is given time to flee.

  • This was an easy read. I found the character interesting and likable. Not a lot of depth with the character but, there is a lot of action to keep the book interesting. The book wasn’t predictable and it did leave you wanting more with the characters.
    I’m not going to give away the story so you will have to read it for yourself. Overall, this was a fun read that I had a hard time putting down.

  • This is such a delightful novel because as a reader, you truly get a potpourri of surprises tucked inside as you work your way though the early stages of theater, as well as the life of a homeless person on the dark and dangerous streets of England in the late 1800’s. This novel made me want to keep the musical scores of Gilbert and Sullivan as my background music while enjoying the continuing escapes between Rosalyn and Nate. I can’t wait to see where this series will pick up in the sequels and hope that readers get more insight into the lives of Rosalyn’s sisters next.

  • This was a very enjoyable read. I loved the slow romance between Nate and Rosalyn. I was also intrigued by the theater world that they find themselves in. I am looking forward to reading the upcoming books in this series.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer Delamere’s writing and storytelling and think many will enjoy reading about George Mueller and the fictional character Rosalyn in the first book of the London Beginnings series. I hope the second installment is released soon and anticipate another wonderful tale filled with the strong theme of living a life with faith!

  • I love how the first few pages of this book hook you right away and keep you intrigued to the end! I also love the theater setting. I enjoyed reading about Rosalyn Bernay, a talented young lady who is determined and a fast learner. I also really liked Nate Moran and his extended family who are a great refuge and support for Rosalyn. This is a well written, quick and easy read with a gentle love story and a touch of danger. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!

  • I am a fan! The theater, the time period, the romance! *Sigh* If you can’t find me I will be off watching Pirates of Penzance. Delamere did a fabulous job painting a picture of life for the “normal” folk in Victorian England!

  • With danger, heartbreak, and new adventures at every turn, The Captain’s Daughter draws you in with each new development, and the happy ending is just as sweet as can be. I would definitely recommend this story, although it is something I would consider more of a light summer read than a heavier, deeper type of novel. Either way, I really enjoyed it, and can happily give it four out of five bookshelves. Jennifer is a wonderful author, and I am excited to read more of her novels in the future!

  • What really stood out to me in a positive nature was the complex plot. There were twists I didn’t see coming (and a couple of them that I did), and I liked the witty banter sprinkled in along the way. It was an entertaining story that well incorporated the theater in a way I hadn’t seen previously in a novel.

  • Moments says:

    I loved the uniqueness of this book, the storyline, but really the character of Rosalyn, she has had a hard life and wasn’t raised in a home being waited on and living a privileged life like so many other characters I have read about in historical fiction novels.  I felt as if I was transported to London and became a part of the story which really makes a book great for me. 

  • This is the first book of Ms. Delamere’s that I’ve had the pleasure to read, and I’m so glad that it is the first book in a new series. In this sweet book, we get a look at the streets of London from an every day person’s point of view which I really liked.

  • I liked this author’s take on how would an orphan, now an adult, who was raised at that very God-centered orphanage handle life when out on her own. I enjoyed the whole spin on that and I look forward to reading her sisters’ stories as well.

  • I enjoyed the unique setting of this novel and all the historical references that the author included. I also thought she did an admirable job tying up loose ends. There were two specific things that I was waiting to be resolved and they were indeed brought up in the final pages.

  • I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee and become entranced in this beautiful story. I’m telling you it’s a promising beginning to a great series.

  • This book also has many lessons that we can all learn such as be careful who you trust and believe, forgive yourself, don’t hang onto guilt, and always trust God. I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the London Beginnings series.

  • As a theater buff, I really enjoyed the Gilbert and Sullivan aspect of this story. Overall, the word “gentle” comes to mind when I read this novel- it’s a clean read with a happy ending.

  • I truly enjoyed this book and the characters, as their story was a delightfully rich one. I look forward to reading the other books in the series!

  • The story is rife with dramatic events and villains 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.

  • 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!

  • I really enjoyed this book about the theater world in 1880’s London, a subject I wasn’t very familiar with. I also liked that there was so much music in the book; it just made for more of a light and joyful ambiance to the story.

  • The book is full of unexpected plots twists and turns, sure to hook the reader and keep them captivated until the final pages.

  • I enjoyed learning about the Opera Comique, and the actors and singers there. Everything captured my imagination so much. It was a very unique story, and I don’t remember reading anything like it. Which is quite refreshing. And of course, the Gilbert and Sullivan story-line was super awesome!

  • 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 highly recommend this 4 star book. It’s a story of finding where you belong, a story of hope and faith, and God’s guiding light. If you want a book that will capture you, wrap you up in a wonderful adventure of theater and falling in love, then grab a copy of this book!

  • More of Him says:

    I enjoyed this book and loved that it was a long book. The plot was very engrossing and kept me hooked from the first page.

  • Overall, I thought this book was great. The romance was a classic slow burn that ended up feeling really right in the end. I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy historical fiction and those who are interested in theater.

  • 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 enjoyed this book because of the time period it was set in, the dialogue was rich, and it was not overtly romantic. I may venture to say that romance is not its shining light but that women can be God’s shining light without overtly obvious language. It is rich in storytelling, and the characters are well-rounded. I recommend this book if you’re new to Christian romance of if you’re a big fan of it.

  • “The Captain’s Daughter” is another debut novel that I enjoyed enough to make me look forward to the remaining books of the series. I am now familiar enough with three book series to know that the other two will feature Rosalyn’s sisters who were introduced in the prologue of this one. I hope that each of those will be equally as unique as “The Captain’s Daughter”.

  • Victorian England comes to life on the pages of The Captain’s Daughter. I loved that the focus is not on the upper class but the everyday person, the working class, the soldier, even the theater. Warmth and humor surround the story, despite the fact that the setting walks through some seedier sides (and characters) of London. An absorbing story that keeps you intrigued until the last word and leaves you wanting more time with these new friends.

  • A Rup Life says:

    I love that about novels and how different courting and the social rules were of the different time periods. This book is set in London and we see a bunch of trials to get the story to where it needs to go. It was well written and wonderful to read.

  • I enjoyed this book and liked learning about life in London and England during this time period. I enjoyed the storyline that dealt with the theater. Several times I found myself holding my breath to see if the scene would resolve itself positively. I look forward to the next book in this series.

  • This book was really well researched and I felt like I came away with so much knowledge about the theatre world of Gilbert and Sullivan. The characters were well written, and I especially liked Jessie Vaughn, who was a real life actress at the time. This was a quick and engaging read, and it sets up well for the next books in the series. I can’t wait to read about Rosalyn’s sisters!

  • While it was a little slow, and the title is totally misleading, it was a good story line. The writing is solid and I will read the other books in the series when they come out.

  • The Captain’s Daughter is the first book in the new London Beginnings trilogy. This book focuses on Rosalyn, one of three sisters. It looks like the other two books will focus on her sisters. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the upcoming books in this series as well.

  • Readers of Victorian historical romance novels will absolutely fall in love with Jennifer Delamere’s story The Captain’s Daughter. It is about music and singing and life on the stage with Gilbert and Sullivan. So readers that enjoy not only reading Victorian era novels, but enjoy music and Gilbert and Sullivan as well will not want to miss out on this excellently written story.

  • This book was an amazing , wonderful writing and compelling to read with bring you to the beautiful time of London in 1878 with a story full of spirit, love, hope, family and adventure.

  • If you love historical fiction, then you will enjoy reading this book. I love period pieces, and this book is set in my favorite century and location–England in the year 1873.

  • I like that the author added about Rosalyn and her sisters being from/at one of George Muller’s orphanages; I liked the descriptive scenes of places; and I liked that the ‘H’s were capital when referring to God. Had those unnecessary comments, the brothel scenes, and the player not been in this book, I most likely would have given in a 3.5 star to 4 star rating. But, unfortunately, those parts were there and I won’t be able to give it a rating higher than “it was okay.”

  • Filled with well-rounded characters & vividly conveys the sights of Victorian London. Loved the historical detail, which included the theater world of Gilbert & Sullivan. Rosalyn and her two sisters were raised in George Muller’s orphanage. I’ve read a good bit about Muller’s devout trust in God to provide, and think this is a great foundation for the girls’ stories.

  • Even though I’ve heard wonderful things about Jennifer Delamere’s books, I hadn’t been able to read any of her books till now. After reading this story, I can’t wait to read her other books!

  • Book by Book says:

    This new-to-me author quickly grabbed my attention with her Victorian tale of working-class London and theater and romance. Jennifer Delamere’s main characters, Rosalyn Bernay and Nate Moran, prove likeable amidst their challenging circumstances, and I easily found myself rooting for their success.

  • This book was a great read, well written and with engaging characters this book was a thoughtfully written and well researched book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Jennifer Delamere’s newest novel is a perfect mix of historical romance and drama.

  • Being a bookie (haha, is that a term?…you know, like a “foodie”), it’s easy to enjoy a lot of books you read. However, I think one of the big telling signs of a really engaging story is if the reader would want to read more books if it’s a series. This is book 1 of the London Beginnings series, and there is much left unanswered. I very much would read more of Jennifer’s novels!

  • Imagine being a young lady in a rough London city. Where you were fearful and scared of even a shadow. Now imagine a knight in tarnished armor showing up to aide and love you. Sounds pretty good,right? This begins the love I found for this stunning novel.

  • I happily immersed myself into the book’s setting and really enjoyed the characters. The book was well written, and though the story seemed to hit a lull towards the middle, it picked right back up and kept me contentedly reading to the end.

  • I have found a new must read author in Jennifer Delamere and cannot wait to read this next book in this series. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction especially during the Victorian Era, you will not be disappointed.

  • I am new to Jennifer Delamere and her writings, but I’m a huge fan of hers now after reading this book. I was hooked from the very first page and found myself finding excuses to get a way for just a few minutes to read another page!

  • 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!

  • This is the first book in a new series and I am sure it will grab your heart like it did mine.

  • Only by chance did become employed as a costumer for one of the London theaters. Nate also by chance ended up working at the same theater and befriended Rosalyn. Their friendship slowly becomes more.

  • The first page of this book reeled me in! It started off interesting and didn’t disappoint. I love historical type stories if they are fiction or not and reading a historical romance story was fun. If you like the Victorian Era you should check out this book!

    It was easy to read and was fun to cuddle up and immerse myself in. The author writes in a way that really draws the reader in. I would recommend it to anybody.

  • This story is well written and has plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested.

  • What a masterful piece about the theater. It portrays a behind-the-scenes view of theater life in a vivid, lovable way. I’ve never been personally interested in participating in theater, nor have I dug into the history of it, but even still, I loved reading about the logistics and casting of the play Pinafore. Though this short novel was a work of fiction, the play is not, so in that regard the historical details are intriguing.

  • Great read. Not a fast paced read but a feel good light hearted read that I recommend.

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