Friday, July 7, 2017

"The Captain's Daughter" by Jennifer Delamere

About this book:

  “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 which 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.
  An 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.”

Series: Book #1 in the “London Beginnings” series.

Spiritual Content- Proverbs 16:9 and Lamentations 3:22-23 at the beginning; Prayers; Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & remembered; Church going; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God, His will, & forgiveness; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches/chapels, church going, sermons, ministers, worship services, & hymns; Mentions of Christians & faiths; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of Christmas; A few mentions of Bibles; A few mentions of missionaries; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of sins; A ‘For the Love of God’ is said (quite honestly, I can’t decide if it was since or not);
             *Note: A couple mentions of a Greek god.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blasted’s, four forms of ‘dumb’, and four forms of ‘stupid’; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Rosalyn takes a sip of brandy & drinks wine in later scenes at meals; Many mentions of wars/battles, fighting, enemy attacks, wounds/injuries, blood/bleeding, & deaths/near deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of stolen items, stealing, thieves, & being robbed; Mentions of slapping & being slapped; Mentions of alcohol (beer, brandy, & wine), drinking, having too much, & pubs; Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of a possible death & diseases; A few mentions of a fire & gunshots; A few mentions of threats; A few mentions of blackmail; A few mentions of gambling & debts; A few mentions of divorces; A few mentions of gossip; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of pipes & smoking; A couple mentions of manure; A mention of threatening to commit suicide; A mention of murder; A mention of a possible abduction.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, five cheek kisses, an almost kiss, two semi-detailed kisses, and a detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Noticing, Nearness, & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); a form of ‘whore’; Rosalyn accidentally gets taken to a brothel, she leaves once she learns what the place is, but not before unnecessary comments are made; Mentions of brothels, prostitutes, Sexual Content Warning= men wanting fresh women, those women stoking their passion, & driving them wild where they forget their names =End of Warning; Mentions of an older man who ruined his student’s reputation, touched her later, & focused her to marry him (she later got a divorce); Mentions of an employer backing servant girls into the corner (Rosalyn was one and she slapped him); Mentions of unfaithfulness to a spouse, scandals, & married men flirting with other women; Mentions of pirates trying to steal brides (in a play); Mentions of scandalous & risqué comments; Mentions of reputations, ruination of women, & loose women; Mentions of suitors, fancying someone, & getting to know a person very well (hinted in the sexual sense); Mentions of a Casanova; Mentions of winks, blushes, flirting, & flirts; Mentions of touches & touching; A few mentions of men trying to take advantage of a woman; A couple mentions of a man spreading rumors about a couple alone together in the man’s room; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of a woman returning from a place unmolested; Love, falling in love & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of a unwed pregnancy that resulted in a miscarriage; A few mentions of a woman nearly dying in childbirth; A couple mentions of women wearing low-cut gowns to catch men; A mention of butting into a conversation.

-Rosalyn Bernay, age 23
-Nate Moran, age 26
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1879 {Prologue 1873}
                                                        338 pages

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My personal Rating-

When starting this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This is a new author for me and also a new author to the Christian fiction market.
About 40 pages in, I nearly didn’t continue it because of the brothel and certain comments said that were highly unnecessary. But, I continued and finished it. I’ll give the author credit for the descriptive scenes, there were all done well. However, the main girl was a little too naïve for me. Add in the stereotypical Casanova to the plot and I was a bit annoyed.  
I like that the author added about Rosalyn and her sisters being from/at one of George Muller’s orphanages; I liked the descriptive scenes of places; and I liked that the ‘H’s were capital when referring to God. Had those unnecessary comments, the brothel scenes, and the player not been in this book, I most likely would have given in a 3.5 star to 4 star rating. But, unfortunately, those parts were there and I won’t be able to give it a rating higher than “it was okay.”

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) through Litfuse for this honest review.

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