The Captains Daughter by Jenifer Delamere is an engaging and exciting start to the “London Beginnings” series. The Bernay sisters are a promising and dynamic trio that will lead the story in several very different directions. As the story unfolds you read about Rosalyn Bernay and Nate Moran. I won’t give this exciting love story away, but I will tell you that the ending leaves you wanting the next book in the series to be out sooner rather than later.
I was impressed with how Delamere entwined her love for this time period in Victorian England, the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the work of George Muller. Not only did it expose me to some new aspects of the culture and times, but I really did fall in love with the characters. The three sisters all have very different personalities and aspirations so I know the coming stories will only continue this interesting story and it’s twists and turns. I so enjoyed this journey into theater and opera and all that comes with the lifestyle. This type of book is exactly the kind I choose for my Summer reading.
Interestingly enough the last fiction book I reviewed I mentioned that I hadn’t read about the red light district or prostitution in historical fiction books much. And right off the bat you encounter this part of the culture in this novel as well. I love that these authors are addressing societal issues and bringing to light things that have been a problem for decades.
The other reason I select these types of stories for the summer is that while I watch my kids play at the park or beach, or play at home, I can still track with the stories. I found that fiction is a great summer compromise for me so I don’t have to pay quite as close attention to the book, like I might have to with a more intense nonfiction book I’m trying to learn from, but can still enjoy a great story.
While the story had a beautiful element of faith incorporated into the story I also found this to be a little bit on the lighter side and might be a story you could refer just about anyone to, even someone who might not typically be drawn to historical Christian fiction. Discussions of faith, God’s calling on our lives, and prayer were all part of the story entwined neatly and organically into the lives of these characters.
So 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.
I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity group in exchange for my honest review