Review of To Capture His Heart
To Capture His Heart features Eva Caldwell, photographer, in the Victorian era. A successful independent woman in a male-dominated profession and male-dominated society is sure to draw attention. Some of that attention comes from Nathan, who belongs to her circle of friends, but has not let on that he is attracted to her.
Nathan Winston’s mother is throwing a week-long party in the county and needs a photographer. Eva fits the bill for the job. Plus they can pretend they are a couple to avoid Mom’s matchmaking designs. It just happens that Mrs. Winston is very supportive of independent women like Eva, so she is perfect for the party.
Lots of things happen at the party. The relationship between Eva and Nathan begins to change from pretend to capturing each other’s hearts. But other things start to go terribly wrong at the party. Mean girls try to make things difficult for Eva. And Eva’s very charming young assistant, Sammy, gets into trouble while worming his way into everyone’s heart.
This book is about good people: independent women, and the men that support them. It includes information about the evolving technologies of photography and the slowing changing Victorian society. To Capture His Heart is tied to The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart (review here), but both books stand alone. If you are looking for a delightful wholesome historical romance, Nancy Campbell Allen has lots to offer.
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion.
About To Capture His Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen
Seaside, England, 1886
Eva Caldwell is an accomplished and well-known photographer who often works with the local constabulary to assist in documenting crime scenes, which means she also often works alongside the handsome and charming detective, Nathan Winston. She appreciates his intellect and how he treats her like an equal, but Eva’s heart is still healing from a past relationship, so, for now, she decides to keep her feelings for Nathan a secret.
One evening, Nathan arrives on her doorstep asking for a personal favor. Would Eva be available to photograph his mother’s legendary, week-long dinner party and matchmaking event? The catch is that Eva would also have to pretend they are courting in order for Nathan to avoid the many single women seeking his attention.
Though wary of the charade, Eva agrees. Spending a week with the two things she loves most—her detective and her camera—sounds simple enough. And if she wants to imagine that Nathan’s pretend courtship of her is real, well, what’s the harm in that?
But when a criminal from Nathan’s past threatens revenge on the detective, Nathan must be extra vigilant to keep his mother and the rest of the partygoers safe. He confides in Eva, and as the two work together to solve the mystery and apprehend the criminal, they find that they might capture more than they expected—each other’s heart.
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