The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere
Genre: historical, romance, inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Date: June 6, 2017
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B
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.*
I grew up with a deep (Did I say deep? I mean DEEP…) appreciation for theatre. I have been in several productions personally and honestly, musicals are my lifeblood. (My hubby and I are even going to see Phantom of the Opera in a couple weeks.) So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is this book set in one of the most fascinating time periods, but that we also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the life of the theatre in 1873. (Sidenote: Queen Victoria was pretty amazing! If you enjoy that time in history, you should check out the new Masterpiece Series from BBC, Victoria. Yes, I know they over dramatized some aspects in the show, but it is still AMAZING. And Jenna Coleman…well, ‘nough said.) So back to the book review. This is an era where an occupation on the stage was heavily frowned upon. Not to mention that the operettas written by Gilbert & Sullivan are the productions we find in The Captain’s Daughter. I had the opportunity to see Pirates of Penzance, oh my lands! I adore it! By the way, for all my love of the theatre, I had NO idea why it is called “the lime light.” If you don’t know either, you can find out more on Wikipedia.
Book review – yes! So, falsely accused, Rosalyn finds herself in London. Without a penny to her name she makes her way to the very theatre that Nate is working at (you will understand the significance of this when you read the book). Both Nate and Rosalyn must make peace with the past in order to move on. As Nate tries to earn forgiveness for his mistakes, he learns that forgiveness cannot be earned. Our Heavenly Father gives it freely. All we have to do is ask.
Swept into the sea of romance, song, lights, costumes, and scandal…I found myself dancing through the pages (or at least swaying) as the anticipation built for the ending that I was HOPING would play out a certain way. Forgiveness, true love, and living the life that God has called you to live are the main themes that struck my heart.
*Synopsis from Amazon.com