As a fan of Jane Austen, I enjoy reading about all things England. Jennifer Delamere’s London Beginnings series is one I’m sure to finish after reading the first in the series, The Captain’s Daughter. This Victorian-era novel focuses on the middle class as well as life in the theater during this time.
When Rosalyn Bernay flees her employer in order to escape a worse situation, she has no idea the trouble that awaits her. Despite her naiveté, she manages to evade a cascade of trials and meet someone who is willing to help.
Through a series of events, Rosalyn meets then reconnects with Nate Moran, a military man on leave who is working at the theater in order to save his brother’s position.
This book details Rosalyn’s journey to discover her passion and talent as well as Nate’s journey of releasing his self-prescribed guilt over an event in his past.
I loved the relationship Rosalyn maintained with her sisters despite their separation (and can I say I’m thrilled book two set to release in March 2018 is about Julia Bernay?) and the inside peeks at life in the theater. Nate’s concern for Rosalyn from their first meeting endeared him to me right away. And the supporting characters—Nate’s sister and the theater group—give depth Rosalyn’s journey. One I am grateful to have embarked upon.
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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.