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The Heart's Appeal

(London Beginnings #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Julia Bernay has come to London to become a doctor—a glorious new opportunity for women during the reign of Victoria. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick actions save the life of barrister Michael Stephenson. He rose above his family's stigma, but can he rise to the challenge of the fiercely independent woman who has swept into his life?
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published March 2018)
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.

Full disclaimer, I did not read the first book in this series, which is about Julia’s sister but this did not affect my comprehension of this book. You could read this book as a standalone if you wanted to and still be able to enjoy it.

I always love historical fiction novels about women forging their own paths, so naturally I liked this.

I enjoyed the medical aspect of the book. At time
Enjoyable story that was very easy to read. Minus one star for expecting me to believe that a girl raised on strong faith and going to be a missionary wouldn't have more of an issue falling in love with a man who's unsaved. Otherwise well written and good characters. Full review later.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
"She'd had an air of confidence and independence . . .Her unadorned clothing had only accentuated, rather than minimized how attractive she was."

A first impression of the woman who had ended up saving Michael Stephenson's life following an unfortunate accident on the Metropolitan Underground Railway. Her quick thinking and calm demeanor would leave him with merely a scar; and a distinct feeling that he would enjoy seeing this woman again, if only to determine why she would ever want to become a
Paula Shreckhise
A Heart’s Appeal by Jennifer Delamere is book two in the series London Beginnings, but can be read as a stand-alone. While some characters from book one revisit this story, it is not necessary to read it to understand the plot.

A train wreck in London! Julia Bernay, a medical student, saves the life of Barrister, Michael Stephenson. Will this be the start of a beautiful friendship? Or will they find themselves on opposite sides of a controversial issue? Will Julia realize her dream of becoming a
Sarah Grace Grzy
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
RTC Maybe . . .
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved how this book started out with a bang! I was instantly enthralled and invested in Julia and Michael. They are both strong and intense characters so it was interesting to get to know them as their deeper layers were revealed and they grew closer together. They had good chemistry, but the romance felt like it happened suddenly and I missed some of the development. The pace of the book slowed a few times and I could feel my interest begin to wane throughout the technical descriptions, but I ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Continuing to enjoy this series about three sisters that grew up in an orphanage. In The Heart's Appeal, the main character is Julia. Julia has been trained as a nurse and wants to purse her education further to become a doctor. She wants to be a doctor in Africa.
The Heart’s Appeal by Jennifer Delamere
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle
Timeframe: 1881
Location: London
Main Characters:
Julia Bernay: Main Character
Michael Stephenson: Attorney whose life she saved
Corinna and David: Michael’s sister and brother-in-law
Cara: Julia’s sister
Edith Morton: Julia’s friend and daughter of an Earl

Julia's first encounter with David was assisting him after their train derailed. Because of her nurse's training she was able to save his life until a doctor came to the s
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking to be inspired by a strong heroine who is ahead of her time, this is the perfect book for you! I really enjoyed this second book in the “London Beginnings” series by Jennifer Delamere. I have read the first one, but this could easily be read as a standalone.

As I stated above, Ms. Delamere writes a strong female heroine that women will love! Julia Bernay is a woman trying to become a doctor in Victorian England. Julia cares more about intellect than finding a suitable husband or
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Public library copy. I really love this author and this series. I love the way she weaves the character's faith into the story. It's not preachy, but rather very practical faith in the Almighty. Again, as in #1, I love the equal development of story and strong characters. I highly recommend this book to all readers. It is excellent. I look forward to reading #3 in the series (three sisters).
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Heart’s Appeal is another vivid historical from Jennifer Delamere, focusing on the contrast in society’s classes as well as the pull for women’s rights in Victorian England.

Into this setting comes practical and driven Julia, who for all her strength and determination still very much has a heart that can be broken. She also loves God deeply and has a heart for those who don’t know Him. This passion motivates her desire to go to medical school, her longheld dream of becoming a missionary docto
This is the second book in the London Beginnings series, and I liked it even more than the first one. The series focuses on the three daughters of a lost sea captain, Rosalyn, Julia, and Cara Bernay, who were placed in an English Orphanage after their mother died. The first book focused on Rosalyn, the eldest, and now we are looking at Julia. Julia is a nurse who wants to become a doctor, but it is the 1880's and medical schools are just beginning to open up to women.

This book is uplifting and
Carole Jarvis
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The Heart’s Appeal by Jennifer Delamere is a highly entertaining story that I enjoyed very much. The previous book, The Captain’s Daughter, was a strong beginning to this series and I loved this one even more because the storyline was so appealing. The series is set during the Victorian Era, an exciting, fast-changing time of new opportunities, especially for women. The writing is smooth and easy to read, moving at a steady pace that kept me
Maureen Timerman
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This is the second book in this series that I have read and enjoyed, and there is a third sister, so there is hope of another book.
Again, the author has set this read in 1870’s England, definitely a man’s world, and there are those that will do all they can to keep it as such.
Our heroine is a woman, Julia, who heart’s desire is to be a doctor, and she uses her skills to save the life of the man that is destined to help her, Michael.
There are twists and turns and several surprises and bombshells,
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a delightful and intriguing read! Entirely unpredictable and packed to the brim with such a variety of people and character, that despite it being one of the lengthier novels I've read in a while - I finish it feeling quite satisfied.

I never quite know when these kind of stories are written, to what extent the author will draw on modern day attitudes and try to throw them into a historical setting. It can utterly ruin the accuracy of a period. My lack of expertise on this subject leads me
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the Bernay sisters in The Captain's Daughter (the first book in the London Beginnings series) so I was thrilled to my toes when The Heart's Appeal made it's way into my TBR pile -- though not for long since I gobbled it up right away! Delamere has a talent for creating vivid images that make a reader feel like she's living the book rather than merely reading it. I also love the way she weaves real facts into her fiction. We get a grim look into the seedier side of London as w ...more
Fiction Aficionado
History lovers are in for another treat with this second novel in the London Beginnings series from Jennifer Delamere. I love the way that history often surprises us when we dig past the layers of generalizations, by revealing characters who were very forward-thinking for their time. Such is the case with Dr. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and her husband James Anderson, both of whom are actual historical persons and secondary characters in this novel. Although their role in this story is minor, the ...more
Debra Slonek
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I enjoyed reading about and getting to know Miss Julia Bernay, a young lady who was determined to attend medical school. This would be an uncommon and amazing accomplishment, considering the year was 1881, and the place was London. Her dream was to become a missionary doctor, an admirable and ambitious goal.

As Julia was already a nurse, she was comfortable and gifted with the art and science of healing. Julia’s strong faith in God equipped her to care for the needs of others, both physical and s
Laurie DelaCruz
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I appreciate the strong spiritual themes in this book, the clear gospel presentation, and the Biblical principles that play out in the various characters' lives. But too much of the plot felt contrived, and not authentic to the time period.

I did appreciate how subjects that are still at the forefront of social conversation were handled with a balanced Biblical approach, including women's rights, the role of women in the home, and medicine.

Overall, a decent book to read while I'm sick, but not a
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
A delightful read! I loved this story from start to finish. Ms. Delamere hooked me instantly and kept me turning the pages long into the night. The Heart's Appeal is a story that will make you smile, make you think, make you want more of this fabulous author's work.

Julia and Michael are complex and wonderfully chiseled. The interactions between the two were beautifully done, and the story line was rich in historicaly detail. The way that Ms. Delamere pieced Julia and Michael's story together, w
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2018
This is second book in the series. It’s as good as the first one! I loved it! I hope the third one is ready soon!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This second book in a series about three sisters who grew up in an orphanage was every bit as good as the first book. I was looking forward to Julia's story and it did not disappoint. It is very well written with heartwarming romance, historically forward thinking men & women, bits of exciting history, and a background theme of inspiring faith.

*Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid nor required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the author's note at the end! I always look forward to reading those because it tells me about the research that was being done for this book! She's done a fabulous job with that.
I also loved the cover for this book( I'm a sucker for beautiful book covers)! It was what drew me to the book.
I have learned a lot from this book.
Julia especially amazes me!!
I love her personality and love for helping others in their time of need.
How hard it must have been for women to do what they really wan
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Heart’s Appeal is the second book from Jennifer Delamere’s London Beginnings series. I really enjoyed the first book of the series, but loved, loved, loved this one! I was hooked as soon as I was introduced to Julia Bernay. What a strong, determined, and independent woman for her time in history. She was not going to let anyone take her down. What a fabulous way to introduce her to the other main character, Michael Stephenson. She is his hero. How awesome is that?
It seems to me Jennifer Del
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was good! I can’t say I liked it more or less than book 1, as they were each excellent. I did however like the back story of forgiveness of Edith and her father. I also thought it dealt really well with stubbornly being convinced of God’s will, even when doors obviously keep being slammed shut. When are we willing to accept what we thought was God’s will for us....might not be what we think it is...?

Looking forward to flighty Cara’s story.
Remember ‘The Captain’s Daughter‘ that I reviewed last summer, June to be exact? Yes, it’s been more than a minute. I knew when I chose to read this book that it was a continuation of that series but it didn’t really sink in all the months later when I read the book. Suffice it to say, this book reads really well as a standalone but I strongly urge you to read the first book in the series. And then, like me, wait with baited breath for the next one. If you recall from book one there are three da ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

Readers, get ready to be transported back to 1881 London. Delamere paints a lovely portrait for you in this historic read where you can easily see the setting before you. The characters will grab your attention right away, and you will find yourself not only reading a love story, a story about differing parts of society, a story about secrets; but a story about God's love and the mission to share His love with others.

Julia Bernay is the epitome of a strong character. She is intelligent, graceful
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
As much as I enjoyed “The Captain’s Daughter”, “The Heart’s Appeal” really struck a chord with me. Being book two, it can be a standalone, although Rosalyn’s story does make an appearance as a potential spoiler for book one’s ending. “The Heart’s Appeal” touches on many of my interests from the get-go: women’s life in the nineteenth century, the practice of medicine, and educational studies. Julia Bernay makes a captivating heroine; she is an independent, forward-thinking woman who challenges th ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a welcome treat it was to step back into London with author Delamere. In her second London Beginnings, we are given the story of Julia Bernay, the second sister of three who grew up in George Mueller’s orphanage. I love the story of George Mueller and his orphans and how he had complete faith and trust in God to see to their every need. This is a unique series in which we get the stories of three such orphans who grew up there. What really struck me was the strong foundation of faith these ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 1874, Dr. Anderson co-founded the London School of Medicine for Women and "The Heart’s Appeal " by Jennifer Delamere is based on this historical fact. It is the second book in the (London Beginnings) series. A reader could enjoy this book as a standalone.
Julia Bernay wants to be a doctor and a missionary in Africa in 1881, She has a big problem because she is a woman.

This is a love story about a man and a woman from different sides of the tracks, can they finally put all the issues aside and
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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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