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The Captain's Daughter

(London Beginnings #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,062 ratings  ·  257 reviews
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 which 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.

An injury during a skirmish in India
Paperback, 338 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 2017)
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4.5 stars
I truly enjoyed this new release by a new-to-me author. I kept trying to get a copy through the library and finally caved and bought it, and am quite glad I did, as it's definitely a series I intend to keep reading.

I loved the historical show biz parts! I mean, Gilbert and Sullivan? H.M.S. Pinafore and the debut of Pirates of the Penzance? Oh, yeah. And having real characters like Jessie Bond in it made it even more fun.

I also liked the romance. Not too smooch, but definitely heartfelt.
Sarah Grace Grzy
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+ for mature themes
Hmmm . . . This was, unfortunately, a bit "meh."

Both of the MCs felt rather lacking to me, and while I wanted to like them, there was just something about them that rubbed me the wrong way. Nate was a perfect gentleman and so protective, which I loved, but at the same time, he was a bit mother-hen-ish. Rosalyn was sweet and innocent, but rather blind at times. I wanted to slap her upside the back of the head a few times. You'd think she'd be more on her guard after her past . . .

The story was v
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 appreciated the positive and compassionate attitude of Jessie especially, the singer who took Rosalyn under her wing and help ...more
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

The premise for this book really intrigued me, as did the title. I was disappointed that the title barely had anything to do with the plot, though. I think there were two mentions, perhaps three, that the leading lady was the daughter of a captain, and she never once set foot on a ship. This was a large disappointment to me, as I really had hopes of a good ship scene or at least a more involved explanation for the title's claim.

A rather large inconsistency in Rosalyn's intuiti
m a r y l i z
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read! Nothing stellar, by any means, but rather entertaining. I have some qualms, but I'll get into those later.

Lovely Things:

- It's set in Victorian London - like yes, please
- allllll the theatre stuff
- there's also a cat named Miss Bella who lives in the theatre and YES THAT IS ADORABLE
- Nate's family is the best
- also, Nate plays Irish music on his fiddle and that makes him 110% more awesome
- the time when Nate pretended to be asleep and his brother knew all along .
The Captain's Daughter focuses on one of the three daughters of a sea captain who is believed lost at sea. When their mother died, all three daughters were placed in an orphanage (based on the real orphanage founded by George Muller) in Brighton. Rosalyn, the eldest, has now aged out of the orphanage and must find her way in the world. She is placed as a servant in a wealthy home; but when the husband makes advances toward Rosalyn which she repels, she must flee as he falsely accuses her of thef ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Nice start to the London Beginnings Series. I especially enjoyed the Prologue which set up who the main characters will be for each book in the series. The Captain's Daughter is about the oldest sister, Rosalyn. How she came to be in London was quite adventurous and set out for a suspenseful beginning. The remainder of the story moved at a more steady pace.

The Afterward from the author provided nice detail on which parts and characters were based upon fact.

I look forward to continuing to series.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Rosalyn Bernay never wanted to come to London. False accusations forced her to flee her position as a lady's maid, and a string of circumstances leaves her homeless, penniless, and alone. Lost on the busy streets, seeking only a cup of water, she stumbles across the Opera Comique theatre and meets people who see her need and step in to help. Welcomed by these strangers, Rosalyn's honesty and work ethic soon earn her a job and a temporary place to stay.

Stage hand Nate Moran is happy to see Rosaly
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere is the kind of story that wraps around you like a warm shawl and makes you wish that you could – for a brief moment anyway – join the characters and their lives in progress.

The references to George Muller (one of my faith heroes!) as well the glimpses behind the scenes of London theater, including the most popular show at the time and the one waiting in the wings, made the history/drama geek inside me fangirl-clap with delight. Nate & Rosalyn are both
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.

Full Review:
This series should be read in order.

I read this on #KindleUnlimited
Shirley Revill
I listened to the audiobook version of this story and I really enjoyed the story.
Really well written and narrated. Recommended.
I enjoyed this book and the setting of being behind the scenes in a theater. I've not attended very many theater productions in my life but have enjoyed the few I have. So it was interesting to read small details of backstage life and a few onstage moments. :) And as I've read other reviews on this book, I realize that this book is set at the beginning of theater greats, Gilbert and Sullivan. I believe that some of their productions are still being used today.

Rosalyn Bernay is a talented young l
Raechel Lenore
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5 Stars
“We can not keep dwelling on the past. We must look ahead. Remember Mr. Muller’s admonition that God will always meet our needs.” -TCD
When I requested this book for review, I didn’t actually know it would have mention of George Muller’s orphanage, but finding that was a nice surprise. Rosalyn and her sisters were orphaned and spent their growing up years in the GM orphanage. When I found that out, I expected this story to have more of that included, with relying on God really being Rosa
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-authors-2017
A lovely read by a new-to-me author. Jennifer Delamere delivers a story that appeals to my love of the musical theater. Her research into the musical world of the actors, actresses and crew of the original Victorian Gilbert and Sullivan productions was a breath of fresh air. Many of her characters were based on real people.
Her fictional heroine, Rosalyn Bernay, finds herself delivered from a series of unfortunate circumstances that have placed her at the mercy of the seedier side of Victorian
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
My Thoughts:
First let me say that the cover is beautiful. It was because of the cover that I requested this title to review. And the back cover caught my attention as well. It made me want to read this book.

That said, I struggled. I struggled more than I usually do when reading. After a prologue that drew me in and begged me to keep going, the book fell flat. I would read it for about 5 pages before deciding something else was more interesting (my cat, another book, the current crochet project,
{3.5 stars}

Since my sister shares the same name as the heroine, I knew I had to pick this one up! I was not disappointed-the London and theater setting pulled me in at once. I loved at the British terms used, and the old-fashioned atmosphere!

The characters were unique and interesting to me. At times I grew frustrated with Rosalyn's interaction with Tony, but I'm glad she learned valuable lessons by the end. I thoroughly enjoyed Nate's character, as well as his family. Patrick's brotherly wisdom
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Despite one’s initial impression, this novel isn’t a seafaring yarn. The heroine of Jennifer Delamere’s Victorian inspirational romance is the daughter of a ship’s captain who went missing at sea years earlier. The title also refers to a character from the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore, a popular musical production that opened on the London stage in 1878. By a fortunate chance, Rosalyn Bernay gets the opportunity to work backstage at the theatre, where she does odd jobs and develop ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Megan by: Bethany House Publsihers
"The Captain's Daughter" by Jennifer Delamere is not at all what I expected; it is completely different and exceeded my expectations! This book is the first book in the "London Beginnings" series. I have not read any of Ms. Delamere's work before but I love this time period and the plot description and title were intriguing.

The book takes place in Victorian England, taking the reader from George Müller's famous orphanage to Gilbert and Sullivan's productions in the theater. Ms. Delamere provides
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Life has a way of taking a different direction than originally planned. This book set in Victorian England illustrates that sometimes the change in direction can be a blessing.

Rosalyn Bernay is a young woman who grew up in an orphanage. She has courage and strength and a deep love of God. She has faith that things will work out, even when she is on the run from an unscrupulous employer. I love that once she sets her path in a direction, she doesn't deviate from her standards and true character.

Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I loved the historic tie-ins of George Mueller, and Gilbert & Sullivan! I also loved the fascinating peek into theater life towards the end of the 19th century.

The only reason I don't give it 4 stars is because I didn't really sense any real chemistry between the main characters. Their relationship fell a little flat to me. I would also have really loved more "stage-setting" if you will: brief descriptions of clothing and other elements that would help me imagine the scenes unfolding
Dana Michael
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Captain's Daughter

This is the first time I have read a book by this author. I enjoyed it. However, I felt it was slow in a few spots. And felt the romance a little lacking. That is until the very end. I loved the ending because it was a HEA. I enjoyed learning a little bit about theater and operas too during the Victorian era.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 which 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.
An 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
Fiction Aficionado
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. Then again, even if you don’t know a bar of Gilbert & Sullivan’s music there will be plenty to please, because it’s such a unique setting and so well brought to life.

Rosalyn Bernay and her sisters have been raised in George Müller’s orphanage since their mother died several years earlier. Their father—a ship’s captain—disappeared at sea two years befor
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. Fas ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 Stars

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 really liked Nate, the leading man of the story. He came across as reliable and steady and proved that he indeed was time and again. I had
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
With a new author (to me, anyway), I'm never sure exactly what to expect, but I enjoyed this book. Rosalyn is fairly naive, yet resourceful--which comes in handy when her naivety gets her into trouble. Nate is a kind, gentle hero, still battling his own demons, yet a quiet, protective presence. It's both entertaining and faith-filled.

The theatre plays a major role in the story, and the people that make it up are neither wholly selfish nor whitewashed to perfection--just people, both good and bad
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. Not having read any books by Delamere before, this read was an utter thrill and delight! From page one readers will not ...more
Christine Barth
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good book, but the title is driving me crazy. "The captain" in question is not even really in the story and it has nothing really to do with sailing. So there definitely could have been a better title. I really enjoyed the historical aspects and the character development, however, there were two sisters introduced at the beginning (who will probably get their own books later) that I would have liked to have seen more of. ...more
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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 ...more

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