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The Artful Match

(London Beginnings #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Cara Bernay has never fit in. At loose ends in 1881 London after a near tragedy costs her a job, she befriends a rising young artist. With his help, she begins planning a new life and developing her own artistic talent. But soon Cara finds herself at odds with the artist's brother—a handsome but serious-minded earl who wants to force his brother back to a "respectable" lif ...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers (first published April 2019)
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Deanne Patterson
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third and final book in the London Beginnings series, an enjoyable sojourn into Victorian London. 1881 London, an honest mistake almost costs a young child his life and Cara Bernay finds herself without a job. After being befriended by a talented young artist she wants to develop her own artistic skill. Victorian artists of the time are mentioned and this was a time of Aesthetic Movement, influencing paintings,poetry and dress. Cara is a naive character . She meets the artist's broth ...more
Paula Shreckhise
The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere is the third book in the London Beginnings series. Each book tells about one of the Bernay sisters. This time it is the youngest sister Cara’s turn.

Cara Bernay has grown up in an orphanage run by George Mueller. She is an orphan but is still close with her two sisters, Julia and Rosalyn. They have each found their way in the world. Cara has been a maid and is now a governess. With a tragedy narrowly averted, she finds herself without a position. She wants t
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the "London Beginnings" series. I read the first, missed the second, and just finished the third. While I missed the story of the second sister, Julia, I don't felt that it affected my understanding and enjoyment of this story.

Cara is a woman with a good heart. She tries to do her best in all things, but mishaps have a way of finding her. Her latest was an accident that she is keeping close and others are having a hard time forgiving. This "mishap" was the cause of her
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Wonderful conclusion to the London Beginnings Series!

What I loved most is that the characterization of youngest sister Cara. Having her portrayed as a bit naive and idealistic rang true for me. Cara demonstrates a love for others and Christ through her actions.

It was effective to have the novel open with Julia's honeymoon trip and then shift to Cara's story. The epilogue wraps up neatly several details from the series. The afterward provides insight into what was factual vs. creative in the nove
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I was surprised by Cara's naiveté and the potentially dangerous situations she allows herself to be drawn into. Fortunately the people she encounters and trusts don't have nefarious intentions, but I was worried for her the whole time she was in London! I can see how her sisters worried over her and her impulsive tendencies. I enjoyed the art scene she finds herself in and the way Cara is excited to develop her talent and passion as she searches for a purpose for her life. She is good for Henry ...more
Cara Putman
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance that contained threads of family brokeness restored, secrets brought to light, and healing of the deepest hurts. The characters were warm and compelling. The setting and details rich and vibrant. Cara does trust people almost to her detriment, but to me it added to her whimsical appeal. She lives life open-hearted and seeing the best in others. Now I must go back and read the sisters' stories.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed this series, but I think this one is my favorite! It’s at a big changing point in history, but it’s rather rare in books. In the late 1800’s, the large estates in England were struggling, and Americans were fascinated with titles, yet in England artists and others who worked for “new money” were staring to become appreciated.

I love the characters in this book! Amelia totally steals my heart, and I really enjoyed Clara. The Characters are so well done, and they really drive
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Ms. Delamere has once again captured me with her beautiful writing style and beloved characters. I love the way she pulls you to the heart of the story instantly when you open the book. Her books always make me smile and reflect on the story long after I close the book. While this is book 3 in the London Beginnings series, it’s certainly easily read as a stand alone.

I absolutely adored Henry and Cara’s characters. They were chiseled beautifully and really came to life within the story. I loved w
Ashley Johnson
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Artful Match is the third book in the London Beginnings series, and tells Cara Bernay’s story. I found this book really hard to get interested in compared to the previous books in this series. I think that I mostly did not care for Cara as a character and it made it difficult for me to connect with this particular story. I also felt like the group of “bohemian” artists and their lifestyle really gave this book a weird vibe from the start. It seemed very scandalous for this particular time pe ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this one, like the first two books in this series which I really did like. It took me a while to get into this book but this one just fell flat for me. I had been looking forward to finding out more about Cara, but I wasn't impressed at all by what I did find out.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've really loved this London Beginnings series! Three orphaned sisters finding their way in Victorian London equals three fabulous books and The Artful Match is the third (and final --sob!) one. It can be read as a standalone, however followers of the Bernay sisters will be truly tickled by one element in Cara's story. That's all I'm saying so as to avoid posting any spoilers.

Let's talk heroes for a minute. Poor Henry, long suffering head the of the Burke family -- and I wouldn't wish his mothe
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful ending to this series!!
I have to admit I like Cara. She's a lot like I used to be and still am in many ways and does not fit in anywhere.
I love Jennifer's writing style!!
I love secrets!! But only the good ones!!
I love the mystery that she weaves into her stories along with the historical aspect of it.
I learned a lot from her books. This is why I love historical fiction!!
Some of the places I even went to look up and wow I do want to visit someday! Jennifer is at her best here!! He
The third and final book in the London Beginnings series focuses on the youngest of the three Bernay sisters, Caroline or Cara. Rosalyn, the oldest, has married and is a successful stage actress and singer.
Julia, the middle sister, is on her honeymoon and will return to attend medical school to become a doctor. Cara, the youngest, is serving as a governess; but her real dream is to become an accomplished artist. Set in Victorian England, none of the Bernay sisters seem to march with the times
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The time period that Jennifer Delamere has set for this series is right in the midst of some major cultural changes. Each of these books and main characters are tackling roles that are on the verge of taboo yet becoming acceptable. Rosalyn is a performer in the theater. Julia is becoming a doctor. And Cara is an aspiring artist. I enjoyed each of these career choices being outside of what I'm used to reading about from this or similar time periods.

I was really concerned about Cara. Her situation
Terri Wangard
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Cara loses her governess position after falling asleep on the job with near tragic results. She vows never to work with children again and heads to London, where she meets a glib-tongued, aspiring artist. Cara wants to be an artist, too, and slips too readily into Langham Burke’s artsy world.

She meets Langham’s brother, the Earl of Morestowe, and his headstrong ward, Amelia. Cara brings out the best in Amelia and, though intimidated by aristocracy, she feels an attraction for Henry Burke.

I had a

Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A decent finish to the series and not quite what I expected as Cara is almost completely on her own throughout while her sisters are away. In a series as unrealistic as this has been this stands out as being the most unrealistic, not that Cara could be taken care of by the artistic community in London and emerge unscathed, because that I actually accepted fairly well, but the entirety of her romance was very difficult to swallow. I did like how almost every character was shown to be a mix of goo ...more
Dana Michael
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere is the final story in the London Beginnings trilogy. I believe this book could be read as a stand alone, but encourage reading the first two to better appreciate the end. This book features the youngest sister, Cara. She is a sweet young lady who is a bit naive and a day dreamer. She loves art and wants to be a successful artist. The hero, is an aristocrat named Henry and reminds me a bit of the brooding Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I really enjoyed t ...more
My rating is 3.75 stars

The sisters show up too late
The quick family used for jealousy
The mishandled backstory of Amelia ( no one liked for answers)
Cora going along with the family ruse and her being treated so poorly
Langdon blind behavior with Amelia

Quick sleepy thoughts
Abigail Harris
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmm. While I highly enjoyed "The Artful Match" I did not love that there was so much focus on the possibility that a child was born out of wedlock. The romance was sweet, the reunion was wonderful, and I loved the main characters' relationship with the ward.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this, the third book of the London Beginnings series, we are given youngest sister Cara Bernay’s story. To recap, the three sisters due to unfortunate circumstances were raised in George Mueller’s orphanage. As with the other two sisters, Clara is also interested in a career path that is unusual for a woman of her time. She is an artist but she has been supporting herself as a governess. After an unfortunate situation, Clara is let go from her position and so she travels to London to meet up ...more
Lydia Howe
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019

It sounded intriguing. I actually vacillated a bit while trying to decide if I was going to download it for review or not, because I figured from the blurb that the romance might be a bigger part of the plot than I generally like. In the end, my intrigue won out and I read it. 


This book was not my cup of tea. I didn't really dislike it, but I felt rather meh about the whole story. I should have listened to my instincts about it probably not bei
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"Perhaps, after doing it so many times, staring over was the one thing Cara was good at.

Cara Bernay's sisters have both found their place in life, with adoring husbands and fulfilling careers, they seem to have solidly grasped their futures with both hands. Sadly, Cara's life has just been radically upended following an error in judgement; nearly costing a family the life of their son and ultimately terminating Cara's employment as a nanny. Perhaps it's time to chart a new course, one
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Artful Match is book 3 of a series. I read it as a stand alone novel, but it would probably be best to read book 1 and 2 before this one. As a stand alone novel, I enjoyed the story. Cara, the main character finds herself out of a job and place to live, and meets up with an artist. The artist has a handsome brother that catches her interest. It's a wonderful story of 1880's England. I will read this one again and again!
Loraine Nunley
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This was a delightful romance between two likable people struggling with secrets while trying to figure out God’s will for their lives. I really enjoyed it. Full review is at my website. 4 1/2 Stars.

Note: I was gifted this book by the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this new book as well as I did the first in this series, London Beginnings Series. Jennifer has a special way of making her characters come to life. Once I start one of her books, I can't put them done.
This series should be read in order.
"He barely registered the room around him, because standing in the center of it, lit by sunlight, was a Greek goddess."

What a wonderful conclusion to this fantastic series! This book is #3 in the London Beginnings series featuring three Bernay sisters but it can be read as a stand-alone. The author does an excellent job pulling in characters from previous novels and explaining the pertinent events from those novels that tie in to the plot in this book. Jennifer Delamere's writing flows well and
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A suitable finale to the lives of the Bernay sisters, “The Artful Match” is the third and final book in the London Beginnings trilogy. As it turns out, it was also my favorite. This surprised me because at first I was not even sure that I particularly cared for Cara, who seemed flighty and capricious. However, beginning with that “perfectly imperfect day” when her life irrevocably changes, she demonstrates a laudable strength of character and adaptability. Jennifer Delamere adroitly brings this ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars. I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair review.

The Artful Match is a delightful conclusion to a wonderful series. Both upon reading the open-ending conclusion of the prior book and reading the prologue to this one, I wondered how Jennifer Delamere would tie it all together, given this book was about Cara, and Julia was the one making the big revelations in both the previous book and the prologue. H
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third and final book in the London Beginnings series by Jennifer Delamere and I loved it as much as the first and second book. They are the stories of three sisters that grew up in an orphanage after their father disappeared one day and their mother passed away. As adults they strike out on their own to make a living for themselves. This story is about the baby of the family Caroline "Cara" Bernay.

Cara lost her job as a governess after a near tragedy and goes to London hoping to find
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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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