His Delightful Lady Delia
by Grace Hitchcock
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 11 Dec 2022
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
Behind the curtain, she must put on the performance of a lifetime . . . while love and risk take center stage.
Delia Vittoria's mother has lost her voice at last. After five years of being her diva mother's understudy, it is time for Delia to assume her place as the lead soprano onstage behind the Academy of Music's faded velvet curtain. And she is all that stands between the Academy and its greatest threat--the nouveaux riches' lavish new Metropolitan Opera House.
Kit Quincy never misses opening night, but when his sister begs him to help get her husband out of an Italian opera star's arms, Kit accidentally confronts the younger Lady Vittoria instead. When he meets the stunning young diva again, he attempts to make amends, but then finds himself pulled into a society matron's plot to win the great opera war. To draw attention to Delia Vittoria as the Academy's new soprano star, Kit is convinced to act as both Delia's patron and the enigmatic phantom who once haunted the Academy years ago. But when a second phantom appears, more than Delia's rising career is threatened.
"His Delightful Lady Delia is full of yearning and humor and just the right touch of old-fashioned Victorian melodrama."--SARAH SUNDIN, bestselling author of Until the Leaves Fall in Paris
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I was thrilled to find that Kit, who played one of Willow's suitors in book 1, is the focus in this book. He is a wonderful character. He finds himself in a crazy spot that had me laughing at its ridiculousness as well as its sentimentality. He cares deeply. "Is it absurd that after only three days at her side, I know I'd wait a decade if that meant she would love me?" (location 1815).
Delia, too, is a memorable woman. She finds that her family has secrets upon secrets and is dealt blow after blow as things are revealed. Yet she learns that the Lord is there for her even when all others forsake her. After experiencing such abandonment, it's hard for her to trust her heart to any man.
I love stories set in the Gilded Age. The behind the scenes operations and the drama of the rival opera houses was new to me. I liked how a famous literary figure was incorporated into the book as well. It was an all around great read with lots of intrigue and mystery. It was a wonderful conclusion to the series. I'm sad to see it end.
Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
What a wonderful read! This is a clean Christian historical romance with just the right amount of drama, mystery and suspense to keep you turning the pages. I loved everything about this book and highly recommend it and the entire series.
I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.