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The Artful Match

(London Beginnings #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  37 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, 368 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers (first published April 2019)
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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
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
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
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
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

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
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!
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 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
     The Artful Match is the third book in Delamere's London Beginnings series. Delamere is a new-to-me author, and as such, I had not read the first two books in the series. Fortunately the book's prologue gives just enough background information to help a new reader, and not enough to spoil their wanting to go back and read the previous books. I certainly enjoyed The Artful Match enough to want to read other books by this author, and enough to want to know the stories of the main character's t ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Cara is very sweet and naive and especially good with children, but sometimes her impulsive (and frequently foolish) decisions threatened to drive me crazy. Just because things generally turned out all right is no excuse to, for instance, go home with a man she meets that day on the street, even if he appears to be a harmless, impulsive artist. She's a human trafficking statistic waiting to happen. I also didn't understand her reasoning for falling in love until the end when it was explained bet ...more
Diana Guz
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Artful Match is the third book in the London Beginnings series, and it does not disappoint one bit as a satisfying, heartwarming conclusion. The Victorian world that Delamere so deftly presents is so beautiful, so intriguing, so rich. There are so many fascinating angles of history that are explored in this book. I have come to expect this high-quality research from Delamere. It makes reading each story of hers a delight, and The Artful Match is no exception. This time around we step into th ...more
The Artful Match is the third in Jennifer Delamere’s London Beginnings series, and takes up where the previous title left off. The Heart’s Appeal finished on a cliff-hanger and I’d wanted to see how that particular plot point was resolved. Each book has focused on a different Bernay sister; therefore questions from Julia’s story were answered in the prologue. That meant the main plot could focus on Cara Bernay and her “adventures in babysitting.”

On her own in London, Cara is remarkably naïve in
Dan Curnutt
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lord Henry Morestowe is in for quite a surprise. His taking over the family title and business has been rather difficult. Loosing his father has thrust him into responsibility that he didn't particularly want. The family finances are floundering a bit because farming is no longer as lucrative as it has been. Thus he may have to start working the family copper mine, if he can find investors.

But there is also his brother, Langham, who is not exactly helping things out with the family. He is an asp
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
After falling asleep and having her young charge wander off, Cara Bernay vows that, while tragedy was narrowly avoided, she will never be responsible for a child again. She heads to London where she meets Langham Burke, an artist who is willing to help her with own dreams of becoming an artist. She soon meets Langham's brother, Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, who doesn't approve of his brother's lifestyle. As she sees Henry trying to reign in his brother, as well as care for his young ward, ...more
Sherri Smith
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This has to be one of the oddest books I've read in awhile. Considering I didn't realize that I was jumping into book three of a series, it didn't really matter. The previous stories had already occurred and this one about the third sister. Fortunately I was able to get into the swing of things, although the background and characters were just different.

The prologue of the story, is probably the one area that had me confused as to the purpose of the rest of the story. I didn't know who this Juli
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Artful Match" is a Christian romance set in 1881 in England. This novel is the 3rd in the series, and it wrapped up the ongoing story of the three sisters, though the focus was mainly on Cara. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one.

The main characters were likable. Cara was very kind and patient with children, but due to a mistake that endangered a child, she swore to never be solely responsible for one again. She decided to learn painting as a profession but ende
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Artful Match is book three in Jennifer Delamere's London Beginnings series. I enjoyed reading the continuing story of the three sisters who are the focus of this series. While this is a series, I do not believe it is necessary to have read the previous books in order to enjoy this new title. I have not yet read book 1, although I have added The Captain's Daughter to my wish list. Jennifer Delamere has done extensive research into the time period as well as the art world of the time and horse ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first read by Jennifer Delamere and even though it is the conclusion to a series it was fine as a stand-alone. From the cover to the conclusion it is a beautiful portrait of Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This story has faith woven in and enough sweet romance amidst some historical facts that blend together perfectly like an artists palette. Well written with believable character
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A gentle read and romance, The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere is a delightful conclusion (Book #3) to her London Beginnings series and also can be read as a stand-alone.

Cara Bernay, younger sister of Julia from The Heart’s Appeal (London Beginnings, Book #2), heads to London after an unintended near tragedy causes her to lose her position as governess. She serendipitously meets Langham Burke, an aspiring artist with his own problems, and his brother Henry, the Earl of Morestowe. An invitatio
Jeanne Alfveby crea
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Artful Match, the conclusion of the London Beginnings series. This book can be read as a stand alone story, but it's so much more fun to read them in the order they were written. I love Jennifer Delamere's writing style and I really enjoyed Cara's story. Cara & her sisters Rosalyn and Julia grew up in a George Mueller's Orphanage in England after their mother died. This is why I love historical fiction. George Mueller was a real person who built an orphanage by prayer. G ...more
Jennifer K
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful romantic historical fiction. I appreciate the research that permeates the pages of this engrossing story. Jennifer Delamere captures the time period, as well as, the art world wonderfully. She is creative with her characters and each of their stories. The characters are easy to relate to and the life lessons that they learn easily apply to today. Ultimately, it was the unique storyline that kept me turning pages. Although this is the third book in the series, ...more
Nicole Cook
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Artful Match is the 3rd Book in Jennifer Delamere's London Beginnings series. I have not read the first two books in the series, but I feel that this book can be read as a standalone novel. This was an enjoyable novel, with a great storyline and interesting characters. I have not read many books during this time period 1881 in London or know a lot about titled nobility, so I liked learning some fascinating new things about this time period. The faith theme is important, and fans of historica ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Jennifer Delamere! Although each book can be read as a stand-alone, this third book in the series nicely ties together various plot points from each of the books. Loved learning about the art world in Victorian England. Clean, inspirational, romantic and informative, this book (and the whole series) has it all!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a review.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read the other books in this series, I was happy that Cara finally got to have her story told. I liked how unique this book was. It was interesting reading about the artists of that time period. I also enjoyed reading about the orphanage. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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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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London Beginnings (3 books)
  • The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings, #1)
  • The Heart's Appeal (London Beginnings, #2)
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