Mystery, romance, music, elegant society, and a scandalous family history bring together a cast of characters that tugged at my heartstrings or made me furious in His Delightful Lady Delia.
From chapter one, I heard the staccato organ tune in my head that is synonymous with the beloved soundtrack for Phantom of the Opera, and as each scene changed, so did the song. The story is one of my favorites and it wasn’t long before I felt like I was reading Le fantôme part deux. From the phantom’s anger over the songstress’ place in the opera house to the tender romance of our leading couple…Grace Hitchcock didn’t miss an element of the beloved story while adding her own twist. It didn’t bother me that I found so many similarities to the Broadway performance because the book lacked the over-sexualization and hyper-creepyness that some might find repelling. rather, it oozed what real love and romance were to look like and I found that our hero, Kit Quincy, said it best…
“To love, truly love, is more than a brief infatuation that withers at the first sign of adversity. Love withstands even the harshest storm. I know how to hold fast when all seems lost.” Kit.
Speaking of Kit, I must say, Ms. Hitchcock weaved a beautiful tapestry of a mature, masculine man who was complex and almost swoon-worthy. His grown affections for Delia were tangible to me and I always heard All I Ask Of You from the play when our couple had their moments–beautiful.
Delia was a young woman looking for a love that was real and true while she battled with her desire to be seen as worthy in her parents’ eyes. I loved that she knew her place as a child of God, fearfully and wonderfully made, but it is different when those who were to love her only used her. I found myself wholly invested in her and cheering her on, especially when Kit repeatedly displayed his desire to love her as she deserved.
I could go on and on about this story but you need to read it for yourself. You would be disappointed.
**I was given a copy of this book by the publisher through CelebrateLit Publicities. All thoughts and views are my own and a positive review was not required.
About the Book
Book: His Delightful Lady Delia
Author: Grace Hitchcock
Genre: Historical Romance
Release date: November 1, 2022
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.
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About the Author
Grace Hitchcock (www.gracehitchcock.com) is the award-winning author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in history. Grace lives in the New Orleans area with her husband, Dakota, and their sons and daughter.
More from Grace
I’m pretty certain every author started as an avid reader who dreamed of how they would change an ending or change who the heroine ended up with if they could write the book instead. (Anyone else think Theodore Laurence should have married Jo March?) It’s that ever-beautiful question of “what if” that has haunted some of my favorite stories and often drives my own stories to spark to life.
I first discovered The Phantom of the Opera as a child and fell in love with the beauty of the Broadway musical, a love that continued into my adulthood. So, when I was researching ideas for Book Three in the American Royalty series and I stumbled upon the great opera-house wars between the new money’s opera house and the Academy’s elite opera house, the “what if” sequence began and I knew I had to write my version of a phantom-of-the-opera story. Then when I researched the Italian opera company, I grew even more excited, as I’m from a large Italian family. And when I say large, I mean it’s not uncommon for our smallest gatherings to be only forty people, and when the whole krewe is together, we need a large facility to house us all. I’ve also visited New York and Italy and felt I could add some authenticity to the Italian characters in my novel, which brings me to the leading lady—a delightful opera singer named Delia Vittoria, who takes a beloved hero from Book One in My Dear Miss Dupré, Kit Quincy, by surprise.
I knew from Kit’s character that if he’d met the woman he was meant to wed, nothing would have stopped him in his pursuit, so I knew I had to introduce a new heroine instead of a lady introduced in Book One. It is rather daring to bring in a new lead in the third book of a series without some form of introduction in prior novels, but I felt Kit’s character warranted it. Kit is by far the “oldest” hero I have written about to date, and to my delight, he captured my heart with his genuine soul and fierce devotion toward the woman he loves. Because of his age and personal experience, I felt that Kit could be a wonderful example of true, godly love to a woman who has seen almost nothing but poor imitations. I hope that you will enjoy their journey toward love and my nod to The Phantom of the Opera! Happy reading, friends!
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To celebrate her tour, Grace is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 e-gift card to Baker Book House and a paperback copy of all three books in the American Royalty series: My Dear Miss Dupré, Her Darling Mr. Day, and His Delightful Lady Delia!!
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