The Artful Match

The Artful Match

Cara Bernay has never fit in. At loose ends in 1881 London after a near tragedy costs her a job, she befriends a rising young artist. With his help, she begins planning a new life and developing her own artistic talent. But soon Cara finds herself at odds with the artist's brother—a handsome but serious-minded earl who wants to force his brother back to a "respectable" lif...

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Title:The Artful Match
Author:Jennifer Delamere
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The Artful Match Reviews

  • Kav

    I've really loved this London Beginnings series! Three orphaned sisters finding their way in Victorian London equals three fabulous books and The Artful Match is the third (and final --sob!) one. It can be read as a standalone, however followers of the Bernay sisters will be truly tickled by one element in Cara's story. That's all I'm saying so as to avoid posting any spoilers.

    Let's talk heroes for a minute. Poor Henry, long suffering head the of the Burke family -- and I wouldn't wish his mothe

    I've really loved this London Beginnings series! Three orphaned sisters finding their way in Victorian London equals three fabulous books and The Artful Match is the third (and final --sob!) one. It can be read as a standalone, however followers of the Bernay sisters will be truly tickled by one element in Cara's story. That's all I'm saying so as to avoid posting any spoilers.

    Let's talk heroes for a minute. Poor Henry, long suffering head the of the Burke family -- and I wouldn't wish his mother on my worst enemy! Lots of scope for some readerly indignation and wrath and I do love going to bat for my heroes! But I have to be truthful and say that he really is a tad stuffy. Thankfully, it doesn't take Cara very long to loosen him up -- with delightful results, I might add. :-) (Insert swoony sigh here!) Loved their first meet -- Henry so quick to leap to conclusions that are all wrong and Cara so blithely unaware of his judgmental thoughts. Fun for the reader to be in the know when he isn't!

    There's lots of family drama and a mutinous little girl to befriend but Cara's up to all the challenges the Burke's throw at her...until things go horribly awry! The kind of novel that lures a reader in and holds her captive right to the very delightfully satisfying last sentence.

  • Staci

    Wonderful conclusion to the London Beginnings Series!

    What I loved most is that the characterization of youngest sister Cara. Having her portrayed as a bit naive and idealistic rang true for me. Cara demonstrates a love for others and Christ through her actions.

    It was effective to have the novel open with Julia's honeymoon trip and then shift to Cara's story. The epilogue wraps up neatly several details from the series. The afterward provides insight into what was factual vs. creative in the nove

    Wonderful conclusion to the London Beginnings Series!

    What I loved most is that the characterization of youngest sister Cara. Having her portrayed as a bit naive and idealistic rang true for me. Cara demonstrates a love for others and Christ through her actions.

    It was effective to have the novel open with Julia's honeymoon trip and then shift to Cara's story. The epilogue wraps up neatly several details from the series. The afterward provides insight into what was factual vs. creative in the novel. The author does a nice job of bringing Victorian era artists to life.

    My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  • Loraine

    The third and final book in the London Beginnings series focuses on the youngest of the three Bernay sisters, Caroline or Cara. Rosalyn, the oldest, has married and is a successful stage actress and singer.

    Julia, the middle sister, is on her honeymoon and will return to attend medical school to become a doctor. Cara, the youngest, is serving as a governess; but her real dream is to become an accomplished artist. Set in Victorian England, none of the Bernay sisters seem to march with the times

    The third and final book in the London Beginnings series focuses on the youngest of the three Bernay sisters, Caroline or Cara. Rosalyn, the oldest, has married and is a successful stage actress and singer.

    Julia, the middle sister, is on her honeymoon and will return to attend medical school to become a doctor. Cara, the youngest, is serving as a governess; but her real dream is to become an accomplished artist. Set in Victorian England, none of the Bernay sisters seem to march with the times but rather to their own drummer.

    Once again Delamere has a wonderful story filled with ups and down in the life of Cara as she attempts to reach her goal of being a portrait artist. She is somewhat immature, a bit naive, and very idealistic. But I loved seeing her grow in all these area as well as in her wisdom and faith. Langham was a devil-may-care, do as I please, self-centered young man who needed to definitely grow up, assume responsibility for his life, and make better choices. Henry, Lord Morestowe, was a wonderful hero-caring, supportive, and serious. Amelia, Henry's ward, often stole the show; and the interaction between her and Cara helped her make better choices as a 7 year old.

    Wonderful conclusion to this series which I would definitely recommend to those who love historical fiction.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Rachael

    I have really enjoyed this series, but I think this one is my favorite! It’s at a big changing point in history, but it’s rather rare in books. In the late 1800’s, the large estates in England were struggling, and Americans were fascinated with titles, yet in England artists and others who worked for “new money” were staring to become appreciated.

    I love the characters in this book! Amelia totally steals my heart, and I really enjoyed Clara. The Characters are so well done, and they really drive

    I have really enjoyed this series, but I think this one is my favorite! It’s at a big changing point in history, but it’s rather rare in books. In the late 1800’s, the large estates in England were struggling, and Americans were fascinated with titles, yet in England artists and others who worked for “new money” were staring to become appreciated.

    I love the characters in this book! Amelia totally steals my heart, and I really enjoyed Clara. The Characters are so well done, and they really drive the story.

    I love the faith theme as well, and the fact that George Mueller’s orphanage helped inspire this series. The stories have been a delight.

    I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  • Paula Shreckhise

    The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere is the third book in the London Beginnings series. Each book tells about one of the Bernay sisters. This time it is the youngest sister Cara’s turn.

    Cara Bernay has grown up in an orphanage run by George Mueller. She is an orphan but is still close with her two sisters, Julia and Rosalyn. They have each found their way in the world. Cara has been a maid and is now a governess. With a tragedy narrowly averted, she finds herself without a position. She wants t

    The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere is the third book in the London Beginnings series. Each book tells about one of the Bernay sisters. This time it is the youngest sister Cara’s turn.

    Cara Bernay has grown up in an orphanage run by George Mueller. She is an orphan but is still close with her two sisters, Julia and Rosalyn. They have each found their way in the world. Cara has been a maid and is now a governess. With a tragedy narrowly averted, she finds herself without a position. She wants to turn her love of painting into something that will support her and show her sisters that she can succeed. She meets another painter, Langham Burke, who suggests that she model and finds her a room with other painters. Through Langham, she meets his brother, Henry, the Earl of Morestowe, and Henry’s ward, Amelia, a petulant, lonely child. As the story moves along, Cara is invited to the Morstowe Estate and has a successful way of dealing with this motherless child. All through the misadventures, Cara is certain God is watching over her and is in control. The author paints her as a compassionate, sometimes naive, girl with a strong faith.

    Historical fiction always teaches me something. This period in English history of 1881 is when rich American industrialists were seeking to marry their daughters into the British aristocracy. There was much meddling by the matriarchs of these two groups. It was interestingly portrayed in this story. I had also read about George Mueller and his orphanage but this rendition helped make the facts more real.

    This third book of the series nicely concludes the stories of the three sisters in their search for love and a fulfilling life.

    I recommend this book and series for fans of Historical Christian Fiction and for those who like a little adventure in their reading.

    *I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I was surprised by Cara's naiveté and the potentially dangerous situations she allows herself to be drawn into. Fortunately the people she encounters and trusts don't have nefarious intentions, but I was worried for her the whole time she was in London! I can see how her sisters worried over her and her impulsive tendencies. I enjoyed the art scene she finds herself in and the way Cara is excited to develop her talent and passion as she searches for a purpose for her life. She is good for Henry

    I was surprised by Cara's naiveté and the potentially dangerous situations she allows herself to be drawn into. Fortunately the people she encounters and trusts don't have nefarious intentions, but I was worried for her the whole time she was in London! I can see how her sisters worried over her and her impulsive tendencies. I enjoyed the art scene she finds herself in and the way Cara is excited to develop her talent and passion as she searches for a purpose for her life. She is good for Henry and it was fun to see their very different personalities complement each other. A sweet romance with difficult family dynamics and secrets that create an interesting plot. A nice finish to the series!

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Deanne Patterson

    This is the third and final book in the London Beginnings series, an enjoyable sojourn into Victorian London. 1881 London, an honest mistake almost costs a young child his life and Cara Bernay finds herself without a job. After being befriended by a talented young artist she wants to develop her own artistic skill. Victorian artists of the time are mentioned and this was a time of Aesthetic Movement, influencing paintings,poetry and dress. Cara is a naive character . She meets the artist's broth

    This is the third and final book in the London Beginnings series, an enjoyable sojourn into Victorian London. 1881 London, an honest mistake almost costs a young child his life and Cara Bernay finds herself without a job. After being befriended by a talented young artist she wants to develop her own artistic skill. Victorian artists of the time are mentioned and this was a time of Aesthetic Movement, influencing paintings,poetry and dress. Cara is a naive character . She meets the artist's brother, serious minded Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe. Henry feels it is his duty to get his brother back on the right track. Despite not knowing much about Cara and her mysterious background Henry feels she is a good influence on his brother and his young ward that he feels responsible for. Despite having a few behavioral problem issues I did enjoy his ward, Amelia's character and seeing her develop. Henry's family has secrets of their own and when Cara discovers the truth of the matter will she stay and follow what her heart says to do or follow a disastrous plan that could bring disaster?

    Published April 2nd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers .

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)

    Ms. Delamere has once again captured me with her beautiful writing style and beloved characters. I love the way she pulls you to the heart of the story instantly when you open the book. Her books always make me smile and reflect on the story long after I close the book. While this is book 3 in the London Beginnings series, it’s certainly easily read as a stand alone.

    I absolutely adored Henry and Cara’s characters. They were chiseled beautifully and really came to life within the story. I loved w

    Ms. Delamere has once again captured me with her beautiful writing style and beloved characters. I love the way she pulls you to the heart of the story instantly when you open the book. Her books always make me smile and reflect on the story long after I close the book. While this is book 3 in the London Beginnings series, it’s certainly easily read as a stand alone.

    I absolutely adored Henry and Cara’s characters. They were chiseled beautifully and really came to life within the story. I loved watching Cara come to terms with the secrets of the Burke family and seeing how she truly felt, and followed her heart’s passion. Henry was a bold, handsome character and I loved how he was added into the story. Beautiful! And the orphanage was a wonderful addition to the story. I loved seeing how Ms. Delamere wove that in!

    Not only is this story faith-filled, it’s a story that will leave you thinking about your own life story, leave you smiling for the amazing characters that are now family, and leave you wanting more from this magnificently talented author. If you are looking for a 4 star, heart-warming, faithful story blended with just the right amount of sweet romance and historic details, then look no further than this novel by Ms. Delamere. I can’t wait for another story!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley, Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  • Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)

    This is the third book in the "London Beginnings" series. I read the first, missed the second, and just finished the third. While I missed the story of the second sister, Julia, I don't felt that it affected my understanding and enjoyment of this story.

    Cara is a woman with a good heart. She tries to do her best in all things, but mishaps have a way of finding her. Her latest was an accident that she is keeping close and others are having a hard time forgiving. This "mishap" was the cause of her

    This is the third book in the "London Beginnings" series. I read the first, missed the second, and just finished the third. While I missed the story of the second sister, Julia, I don't felt that it affected my understanding and enjoyment of this story.

    Cara is a woman with a good heart. She tries to do her best in all things, but mishaps have a way of finding her. Her latest was an accident that she is keeping close and others are having a hard time forgiving. This "mishap" was the cause of her termination as a governess and her hasty retreat to London. It turns out that the saying "Where one door closes, another opens" led to some great blessings in store for her.

    There are moments that left me shaking my head as Cara allowed herself to be drawn into situations that had the potential to tarnish her character. Somehow she pulls through in the end.

    This book is one of redemption, forgiveness, and moving forward in times of hardship and trial. The romance was sweet. This book does contain Christain elements.

    Source: I received a complimentary copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Tamara

    I really wanted to like this one, like the first two books in this series which I really did like. It took me a while to get into this book but this one just fell flat for me. I had been looking forward to finding out more about Cara, but I wasn't impressed at all by what I did find out.

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