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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Heart's Appeal - London Beginnings Book 2 - Jennifer Delamere

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
He Never Expected to See Her Again. Then She Appeared with a Most Unexpected Request...

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It’s only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women’s medical school. He’s supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he’s made most important in his life. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their diverging goals be too much to overcome? (From Author Website)

My Thoughts

I was absolutely swept into the theater life of the first book in this series, so there was no doubt that I would NEED to read Julia's story. A whole year of waiting was well worth it. Julia Bernay is stubborn, confident, and inspiring. In an age when a women's place was limited and stifled by the "rules" of society, Julia pushes the barriers wherever she goes. I love her character and admire the women who LIVED and DID what she dreamed to accomplish. A lady doctor...whoever heard of such a thing...Thankfully, um, EVERYONE! 

Conflict, a good story NEEDS conflict...and The Heart's Appeal has just the RIGHT balance of it. A romance that seems impossible, conflict of interest in a professional sense, and a clashing of ideals at every corner. I LOVE IT!!! I was totally engrossed in the story and thought the portrayal of the era very well done. 

I am so excited to read more of the Bernay sisters...and hopefully get that answer we are all longing for!!!

I received a complimentary copy of The Heart's Appeal from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author

Jennifer Delamere's debut Victorian romance, "An Heiress at Heart," was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, "A Lady Most Lovely," received a starred review from "Publishers Weekly" and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.



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3 comments:

  1. I loved this book! I'm looking forward to the next one in the series!

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  2. Fabulous review, Rachel! This series sounds like a must read!

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  3. I agree with you. This book drew me in from the start. It was hard to put down. I enjoyed how the author weaved faith so naturally into the story. It is wonderfully researched historical fiction. I cannot wait for the next book.

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