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.
I don’t know why, I mean I read the synopsis before I decided to review it, but it was nothing like I thought it would be and everything that it should have been. I guess somehow I thought perhaps Nate was going to help her find her father. Maybe with her career she found her father. Somehow I thought her father was going to play into the resolution of this book. I mean it is about a Captain’s daughter. It didn’t but, that is more than OK. Rosalyn grew up in an orphanage with her two sisters after her father disappeared and her mother passed away. When she was 17 she found a job and made her way into the adult world. Needless to say things didn’t go quite according to what she thought and she ended up homeless and penniless in London, at the mercy of potential predators. There’s quite a story to go there as well but well, spoilers. In all of this she meets Nate, stumbles into a job in the theater as a dresser for the ladies chorus and the rest just blooms.
Reading the NetGalley version of this book made things a bit frustrating. It’s not truly a ‘kindle’ edition but more a paperback version formatted for eReader. There was a loop near the end where it was bouncing and things were missing and I had to manually go in and skip past that loop. That has nothing to do with the story but really the only negative aggravation that I can come up with. Seriously, I love this book! It’s a well crafted story of highs and lows. And I am convinced that Rosalyn has some sort of natural luck to always come out on her feet no matter the larger circumstances. Perhaps that does bug me a bit. I mean, I don’t have that.
The characters were well developed and set into a story line that draws you in and hopes that there’s a sequel in the coming months. Please? Hint hint! The story behind the title doesn’t play out until the very end but oh gravy it’s sweet! Not sticky sickly sweet but if you aren’t paying attention you will miss it. If you are open to sweet Christian romances with so much more than just romance this is a good book to pick up. The faith seams are well crafted but not overly in your face which makes it a good choice for even someone who isn’t quite ‘into’ Christian fiction.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House and NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
About Jennifer Delamere
A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past…and of new beginnings. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was an RWA RITA® award finalist, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.
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