The Heart’s Appeal Review and Giveaway!

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I am so pleased to welcome Jennifer Delamere to the blog today to talk about her latest book, The Heart’s Appeal. The moment I saw this book cover, I knew I needed to read it. To be honest, this is one of those times that I am glad the hero is not on the cover. I think he would look better in my imagination then on the cover 😉

About the Book

Heart's Appeal

Book Title: The Heart’s Appeal

Author: Jennifer Delamere

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

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?

 

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My Perspective

Readers, get ready to be transported back to 1881 London. Delamere paints a lovely portrait for you in this historic read where you can easily see the setting before you. The characters will grab your attention right away, and you will find yourself not only reading a love story, a story about differing parts of society, a story about secrets; but a story about God’s love and the mission to share His love with others.

Julia Bernay is the epitome of a strong character. She is intelligent, graceful, charming, witty, and compassionate. Her drive to become a doctor brings a passion that you don’t see in a lot of lead characters. But even more than that is her love for the Lord and wanting to share His grace with others. Michael calls her a feisty woman in the book and that is exactly the word to describe her. I enjoyed watching her work with others. And her scenes with Michael? **sigh** From the moment they locked eyes on the train I knew I was in for a great story.

With every great story there has to be some bumps in the way of course. Michael wasn’t afraid of Julia, in fact it was pretty obvious he was drawn to her. Even when everything around him was telling him not to be. But it wasn’t the forbidden love kind of feeling. I think he was just intrigued by this strong minded woman who just happened to save his life. Laura Maynard, however, was kind of a thorn in this story’s side. Michael’s sister kept pushing Laura at him, and while I understood the idea behind it (Laura’s family had money, marry “up” so to speak), I found it irritating that she wouldn’t let Michael just be and find the love of his life on his own. That is the romantic in me speaking of course. It did make the story interesting though, and kept me turning pages to see just how this love triangle was going to work out. And I did not dislike Laura, just the situation.

I did learn from this book as well. I do not have a lot of knowledge of what it took to become a doctor in the late 1800’s, and never dreamed too many women would try to take on that role. I appreciate the time and energy spent in researching that to make the book come together so well. The characters, the setting, and the plot lines will warm your heart and draw you in. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Book

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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.

 

Guest Post from Jennifer Delamere

Power couples?

Perhaps that’s not a concept that initially comes to mind when one thinks of Victorian England! And yet, they did exist. I love to include real people from history in my books, and in The Heart’s Appeal, Julia Bernay meets two inspiring real-life couples who will make a positive impact in her life.

In 1865, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became the first woman to qualify as a physician in Britain. She did this through a legal loophole, but soon the laws were changed to open the medical field to all women. In 1874, Dr. Anderson co-founded the London School of Medicine for Women. She remained involved in the school in various capacities for the rest of her life, even as she continued to run her own busy practice. In The Heart’s Appeal, she becomes a mentor for Julia, opening doors for her education and introducing Julia to people who can help her succeed in medical school.

Dr. Anderson’s husband, James Anderson (Jamie), was the joint-owner of a successful shipping line and also served on the boards of several organizations (including a children’s hospital). He was a handsome man, very much in love with his wife, and fervent in supporting her choice of a career.

In a letter he wrote to her while they were engaged, Jamie explained his vision for their future—how they could keep their professional and private lives separate, yet still give each other plenty of love and support:

“I think we had better lay it down once for all as a rule that I am under no circumstances to bring people ‘favorably under your notice’ or ‘exert any influence’ or anything of the sort. It will give people a wrong idea of you unless I take a decided line in this matter — and as I mean to be if I can a successful man of business, neither interfering with your pursuits nor being interfered with by you (but having our confidences on all feasible subjects at off times of the day and week and mutually advising and fortifying one another), I must let people know unmistakably not to come bothering me about your public affairs. Will you think about this, dearest?”

Who couldn’t love a man like that?

Jamie Anderson’s outlook on life comes into play later on in The Heart’s Appeal, when he provides advice and aid to Michael Stephenson, the book’s hero, at a critical time.

Julia also has an inspiring encounter with Dr. Anderson’s sister, Millicent Fawcett. Millicent was married to a Member of Parliament and actively supported her husband’s career in many ways, including acting as a scribe for him since he was blind. She is most remembered for her role in the women’s suffrage movement. In fact, a statue of her will be placed in Parliament Square in London this summer. She was not a militant suffragette, but rather campaigned for suffrage under the banner “Law-Abiding Suffragists.”

Both couples raised families, too, and their children’s successes in life show they were raised to have the same energetic and “can-do” attitudes that their parents had.

Julia initially believes she must remain single to achieve her life’s goals. But soon she finds her heart drawn to successful barrister Michael Stephenson, who admires Julia’s intelligence and ambition. She learns that love and the freedom to pursue her dreams do not have to be mutually exclusive. A meeting of minds to spark a true romance? Yes, please! I hope readers will agree this can be the most satisfying of all.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize package of that includes All four March Bethany House historical releases (The Heart’s Appeal, plus A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason, A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears, In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson) and a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cacd

5 thoughts on “The Heart’s Appeal Review and Giveaway!

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review and information on ” The Heart’s Appeal” by Jennifer Delamere as well as being part of the book tour. This is a book that I’d love the opportunity to read.

  2. Wow, Jessica, what a GREAT review! I really appreciated how you painted such a vivid picture of the storyline and the spiritual heart of this book! You sold me! I am currently reading the first book in this series, The Captain’s Daughter & I’m really enjoying it so far! The Heart’s Appeal is zooming to the top of my TBR list!

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