Delightful: "The Heart's Appeal (London Beginnings Book #2)" by Jennifer Delamere

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about the book....

London, 1881

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. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome?

my review....

Jennifer Delamere has written a truly delightful second installment in her "London Beginnings" series, a novel that will sweep you back in time to 1881 and have you cheering on Julia Bernay in her fight to become a female doctor. The story moves swiftly from start to finish, with nary a dull moment to allow your attention to wander. Readers are going to love watching Julia do her part in overthrowing societal stereotypes about women, especially as she does so in such a competent and heroic manner! The scene where Julia finds herself crossing Michael's path is incredibly well done and makes for a unique way to introduce a potential romance. Julia is feisty and strong and it is easy to see why Michael would be attracted to her. But I have to say that despite all the intriguing moments in the story, one of my favourite scenes happens when Julia inserts herself in the middle of a situation involving estrangement between a father and daughter, and the result brought tears to my eyes! The author has brought grace to life in this book, and it is refreshing to see how Julia lives and breathes her faith in God, in so doing having a remarkable impact on those around her. We all could learn much from the courageous way that Julia lives her life!

I was pleased to see that Delamere left some big questions unanswered at the end of this story, nicely setting things up for the third book to come. Hopefully, the wait is not too long because I am eager to see what is in store for these characters in the future! I strongly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Jennifer Delamere
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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