Title: The Captain’s Daughter (London Beginnings)
Author: Jennifer Delamere
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the strongest reasons to read this story is to learn about the orphanage George Mueller ran in London. The man would never ask for donations or let anyone but God know what was needed in order to care for the children. Never did God fail to provide in miraculous ways for the orphanage. This is the first novel I have read where this true historical figure is part of the plot.
The story focuses on three girls who are siblings and find themselves orphaned after their father fails to return from a trip and their mother succumbs to an illness. The oldest is Rosalyn Bernay who is about to leave the orphanage and work at the home of a wealthy woman. Her sisters will remain at the orphanage until their age makes it necessary to begin looking for employment and a place to live.
The sisters are as different as night and day; yet, they love each other and long to stay close since they are all they have left in this world. Rosalyn must flee her job after being accused by the wealthy woman’s husband. Where she first ends up puts her in the clutches of a police officer. From there, the story just continues to grow more interesting with a strong theme of faith from beginning to end. The second sister, Julia, comes into the story for a short while. Maybe we get a peek into what her future entails to lay the basis for her story in a future tale. The youngest sister, Cara, is now employed too though what’s to become of her may be the material in a book later in the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer Delamere’s writing and storytelling and think many will enjoy reading about George Mueller and the fictional character Rosalyn in the first book of the London Beginnings series. I hope the second installment is released soon and anticipate another wonderful tale filled with the strong theme of living a life with faith!
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