Forced to Leave All She Loves Behind, She Seeks a New Life in a City Bursting with Opportunity, But Fraught with Danger
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 down 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.
What a great debut novel.
First, I had to love this book and the fact that much of it takes place in the theater. It was so fun to learn a bit more about Gilbert and Sullivan and how some of these musicals came to be. This was right up my alley.
For the most part this book starts with a bang and I had to see what happened next. As I read I did loose some of that sense of urgency but still enjoyed it. I would have liked to see a little more tension between our hero and heroine. There was some but I think it could have been played up a bit more.
But I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series. I really did enjoy it and can only imagine that the books will get better and better.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.