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Rosalyn Bernay never wanted to come to London. False accusations forced her to flee her position as a lady's maid, and a string of circumstances leaves her homeless, penniless, and alone. Lost on the busy streets, seeking only a cup of water, she stumbles across the Opera Comique theatre and meets people who see her need and step in to help. Welcomed by these strangers, Rosalyn's honesty and work ethic soon earn her a job and a temporary place to stay.

Stage hand Nate Moran is happy to see Rosalyn again. They met briefly during her arrival in London, but in trying to help her he ended up scaring her away. Having worried about her since then, it is a relief to see she safely navigated London's seedier side of town. Something draws him to this sweet and determined lady, and he wants to continue helping her while he is still in London. He'll soon be rejoining his regiment in India, determined to atone for the events of the past.

The world of a Gilbert and Sullivan production is full of gaiety, friendliness, and the daily thrill of performances. Rosalyn works tirelessly as a dresser backstage, but is soon receiving vocal lessons from a new friend named Tony Hayes and dreaming of stepping on to the stage herself. Tony appears to be quite devoted to her, opening up further possibilities. Meanwhile Rosalyn has developed a steady friendship with Nate and the whole Moran family and hopes he might change his mind about resuming military life.

I enjoyed the unique setting of this novel and all the historical references that the author included. I also thought she did an admirable job tying up loose ends. There were two specific things that I was waiting to be resolved and they were indeed brought up in the final pages. Overall I was slightly underwhelmed with this novel, never feeling an emotional connection with the characters. I do think most historical fans would enjoy it, especially if they are also fans of Gilbert and Sullivan or want to learn more about nineteenth century theatre life.

I received my copy of the book from LitFuse Publicity. All opinions in this review are my own. If you would like to see what other people are saying about "The Captain's Daughter," click here.


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