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“The Captain’s Daughter” by Jennifer Delamere

Jennifer Delamere wrote “The Captain’s Daughter” which takes place in London around 1873.  We find Rosalyn Bernay venturing out on her own from the orphanage that has been home for her and her two sisters since their parents dies.  Becoming a lady’s maid was a good job and provided an income and place to stay for Rosalyn until the lady married a no-good rake.  His dastardly designs on Rosalyn and his lies about her thievery cause her to run away.  Attempting to avoid detection by this rogue, she made her way to London.  There she was immediately taken in by a local Madame to a brothel.  She escaped, but lost her money and belongings along the way.  She stopped at a doorway and was taken for a new hire in the theater.  Unknown to her, the ex-soldier who attempted to help her at the train station also worked at this theater, where Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore was playing.  Rosalyn became the dresser, all the while looking over her shoulder for the lady’s husband to find her and cause trouble.

I thought this was a really interesting story and I loved the references to the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas that were so popular at this time.  London seemed a dirty and dangerous place, especially for a young woman on her own.  The rewarding part of this novel is the generous help Rosalyn had along the way.  I know you will enjoy this story.  It is a little out of the norm, but I thought it was well written.

“The Spring Bride” by Anne Gracie

I used to read Regency romances all the time, but got away from that for a while.  So, it was with misgivings that I started reading “The Spring Bride” by Anne Gracie.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  Not only was it humorous, witty and romantic; it had such a good story plot that I was swept away to that period.  Ms. Gracie is an excellent writer and I very much enjoyed her colorful descriptions of people and places.

Ms. Jane Chance is determined to marry for money, security, and safety, but not so much for love.  She accepts the first proposal that she receives although her beau’s reasons for asking for her hand were suspect.  Then along comes a dark gypsy who helps her save the life of a little dog and decides to pursue her also.  The gypsy is not who he really is, but Zachary Black has his reasons for his disguise.  I found the whole book to be captivating because of the story and because of the way Ms. Gracie writes.

I was sent a free print copy of the book by NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest opinion of the book.