This is a charming look into the theatre district of 1880s London. The Captain’s Daughter introduces Jennifer Delamere’s London Beginnings series. Rosalyn Bernay is penniless and desperate on the streets of London, until she manages to land a job working backstage at the Opera Comique. There, Rosalyn finds a place amidst the theater folk – and a burgeoning romance with stagehand, Nate Moran. Both Nate and Rosalyn struggle with their histories, but each is determined to move on.
I loved this story set amongst the stage props and costumes of an early run of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore! ‘Meeting’ Gilbert and Sullivan was fabulous. I wanted to wander around at the theater, watch the show from the wings, dash to change costumes between acts. Nate is charming in his dedication to his family, and seeing Rosalyn find a home at the theater and with Nate was so sweet!
Nate’s struggle to decide his future seems to wrap up a smidgen too quickly, and I did want more resolution on Rosalyn’s stolen pocket watch. I wondered if her lost-at-sea father was truly dead. But maybe that will be resolved in the next books, presumably featuring Rosalyn’s sisters Julia and Cara. I’m looking forward to reading the next London Beginnings book!
The Captain’s Daughter hits shelves June 6th.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of theater history; readers of historical inspirational fiction; those who enjoy stories of old London and characters making fresh starts
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.