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Synopsis of the book:
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leaves Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater putting on the most popular show in the city. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. That is, as long as the shadows from her past don’t catch up with her.
After a hand injury forces Nate Moran from his army regiment in India, he returns home to London, a place that holds bitter memories. He agrees to fill in temporarily as a stagehand while his brother recuperates from a broken leg, but Nate is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. His future is decided — until he meets a beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate yearns to leave behind.
This was a very enjoyable read. I loved the slow romance between Nate and Rosalyn. I was also intrigued by the theater world that they find themselves in. I am looking forward to reading the upcoming books in this series.
Rosalyn was the glue that held her sisters together and I really liked her pleasant personality. I was sure that more bad things would befall her after her initial introduction to the city and the theater, but even though there were hints of things, she was able to navigate her new environment admirably.
I liked that Nate was a man of principle. It was the sole reason for him to return to his regiment in India. I really liked how the friendship developed between him and Rosalyn which ultimately lead to love.
One of the best things in this story was the view into the world of the theater which also touched upon the famous Gilbert and Sullivan. I also learned something new about history which had to do with theater makeup. It was so interesting to me that I looked it up just to see if it was true, and it was. 🙂
What I enjoyed most about this book:
I really enjoyed the setting of the theater which gave me a different perspective than I had before.
What I didn’t like about this book:
I thought that one of the loose ends in Rosalyn’s past was tied up a little more neatly than it should have been, but it didn’t take away from the overall story.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Especially if they are a theater history buff because I have not read many fiction books that delve into the theater world. This is the first book in the series and I look forward to reading the other books which I hope will be about Rosalyn’s sisters.
Note: I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
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