"The Captain's Daughter" by Jennifer Delamere is not at all what I expected; it is completely different and exceeded my expectations! This book is the first book in the "London Beginnings" series. I have not read any of Ms. Delamere's work before but I love this time period and the plot description and title were intriguing.
The book takes place in Victorian England, taking the reader from George Müller's famous orphanage to Gilbert and Sullivan's productions in the theater. Ms. Delamere provides vivid descriptions of what London at this time is like, from being on the streets to backstage. She deftly weaves fascinating historical detail into a well written story.
The main characters, Rosalyn and Nate, are very likeable and relatable. They both talk of their faith and mature in different ways over the course of the story. Rosalyn is a sweet character, who is a little naïve at first. She is very caring towards others. I liked Nate from the beginning as he is very protective of Rosalyn.
There is an overarching theme of relying on God to meet one's needs. Rosalyn is brought up in George Müller's orphanage, where they never solicit donations, but rely on prayer and faith for provision. Rosalyn then has to incorporate that philosophy into her life as she goes out into the world with no money, job, or place to stay at first. Can she truly live out the faith and example George Müller set? Other characters also struggle with being able to trust God to meet their needs.
I love how strong the faith aspect is in this story. “The Captain’s Daughter” kept me turning the pages and is easy to read with lots of breaks. I do think the title "The Captain’s Daughter" is a little misleading, as there isn't much at all about Rosalyn’s father (who is a captain) or anything to do with ships, etc. Other than that, I love the premise, the faith aspect and the setting. I highly recommend this book!
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