Strong-minded and independent Julia Bernay comes to London to study medicine and become a doctor–a profession that has only just opened up to women. She witnesses a serious accident, and through her quick actions saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson.
Coming from a family that long ago lost its money and its respectability, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought was impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to rise above his family’s stigma and set him on the path to wealth and recognition. But his well-laid plans are upended when the accident brings Julia into his life.
Michael soon discovers he’s met a woman every bit as stubborn and determined to make her mark on the world as he is. Sparks fly–but will they find common ground?
This is the second book in Jennifer Delamere’s London Beginnings series and I really enjoyed it. I am always drawn to anything Historical set in London! This book starts off with an unexpected accident that I didn’t see coming! That part really took me by surprise and held my attention! I connected with this particular book more than the first in this series, and I think it really is because I enjoyed Julia’s character so much. She had confidence but was not prideful, she was direct, but not bossy, and she was devoted to her beliefs, but was never self righteous or condescending. I am always a fan of a strong female character! I have a hard time with some heroines who are too overbearing or self righteous, however Julia was the perfect balance of kindness and intelligence, which made her very likable. I also enjoyed Michael’s character. He had integrity and remained honest throughout his involvement with the trial and I admired that about him. I really appreciated that I never had to question his character. He had a bit of a sense of humor as well that peeked through at times which was nice. One of the things that I most enjoyed about this book was seeing Julia discover her calling and how events and circumstances shaped where the Lord was calling her to work. I thought that weaving that subtly throughout the story was very true to life. This book was great! I am actually going to go back and read the first book again. I enjoyed this one so much that I want a refresher of The Captain’s Daughter! I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Inspirational Historical Fiction. It can definitely be read as a stand alone book, but will feel much more complete if you read The Captain’s Daughter first. Looking forward to the next one in this series! While this book has a definite conclusion, there is a certain aspect that ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. Say what? I was certain there would be another page, or sentence or two. So, the wait is on! You can bet I am going to grab up the next book as soon as it releases! Way to hook me! Job well done! I am not mad about it one bit! I love it!
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*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.