LONDON BEGINNINGS – BOOK ONE
Genre: Historical Fiction
Jennifer Delamere is new to me, so I did not know what to expect. What a refreshing read!~ I really enjoyed this historical set in the Victorian era. Not the usual tea-party-going-upperclass-society historical that is predictable at all, because:
- The main character is an orphan and was raised at the George Muller’s Orphanage.
- There are actors and actresses and included in this ensemble we get to learn more about the famous Gilbert & Sullivan pair who shared their gift for musical theater with the world.
- Nate Moran(and his delightful family) – need I say more!
- The relationship between Nate and his brother, Patrick.
- All the special little details that make these characters delightful.
- Did I mention the theater —particularly because of the way Gilbert and Sullivan ran things and the equipment they used.
- The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore.
Each of the main characters, Rosalyn Bernay and Nate Moran have some struggles to overcome in this book. While Nate’s are more internal that Rosalyn’s are, they are equally challenging to the both of them and are perhaps the perfect vehicle to either keep them apart, or firmly cement them together. I will let you find out for yourself which one it turns out to be as each of their stories unfold and entwine.
Aside from the romance, I loved learning more about the history of that day, showcased in this story. (I don’t want to give too much away, but Rosalyn has a particularly interesting sister, whose ambitions are quite unheard of for that era! You go girl!)
I know that this book is first in the London Beginnings series and I just can’t wait to see what happens to the characters in the world that Jennifer Delamere has created in London. (I saw what the second book’s cover looks like and it too is gorgeous!)
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Warm-Hearted Victorian Romance Brings 1880s London to Life
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.
Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Biographer and she teaches seniors to write their own personal stories, she lives in Toronto with her family and two cats. Read more