–elamere, Jennifer. The Captain’s Daughter. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-7642-1920-7. Print List Price: $14.99.
I won this book in a contest from the publisher, and I decided to post a review with my thoughts on it, since I loved one of Jennifer Delamere’s previous books, published with mass market publisher Forever/Grand Central Publishing.
And this is a wonderful book. I love stories that feature working class heroes and heroines, as well as narratives that incorporate real historical events, and this has both, as the penniless Rosalyn and injured army sergeant Nate both find themselves working as part of the crew for the Gilbert and Sullivan play, HMS Pinafore. However, contrary to how the theatre is portrayed in many other historical novels, many of the characters view this is honest work and aren’t nearly as scandalous as the stereotypical actors and actresses of the day.
The one glaring exception is Tony, the rogue/rake/scoundrel, whose flirting with Rosalyn is not as innocent as she initially believes. There is actually a moment in the book where another minor character says that the girls always seem to go for the rogues, and while he doesn’t respond in his mind he thinks that this had not up to this point been the case with women he knew. I found this amusing, because of the frequency of the “redeemed rogue” in historical romance.
As for the romance itself, it does happen slowly, with the characters not getting together until the end, when they’ve come to an accord as to their plans for the immediate future. However, the tension between them is believable, and the payoff is ultimately rewarding.
The secondary characters are equally interesting, especially Rosalyn’s sister Julia, who is on the cusp of attending the London School of Medicine for Women, and will be the focus of the next book in the series. I would also love to see more of either Jessie or Lilly, as their own struggles were alluded to, but not fully discussed, and I would like them to find lasting love.