Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen - A Book Review

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The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

This is definitely a book I will read again!  

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementoes?
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her...
When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?

Julie Klassen has a gift for writing. I have been impressed with every book she has written so far, and this was no exception. I recently read The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and thought that was it, I'd found
my favourite of her books forevermore but now I'm not so sure. I loved this story just as much. Her style is so smooth and seamless, with enough description and depth of both scene and characters to place you right inside the story without bogging you down or distracting you with details. Her settings are always very different than the usual fare most of us have come to expect, and you only think you know what's going to happen by the end of the third chapter. Sometimes that's because you're intentionally left in the dark, but the author gives you clues here, they just don't necessarily lead where you would expect. There are many twists and turns and I was kept guessing and on my toes to figure out exactly what was going on.

I love it when I learn about a new area or see a place in a new light while reading a story or when the author delves a little deeper into what life was like way back in another time period. The Tutor's Daughter is set in Regency England in Cornwall in a manor overlooking a village on the coast that regularly chews up and spits out ships and their cargos and crews. I was surprised to learn how the locals reacted to shipwrecks off their rocky shore, but I don't want to spoil the story.

This was an fun, engaging read and I would recommend it to any friend.

I received this ebook from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Bethany House!

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  1. Julie Klassen
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    Julie Klassen

    Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent...

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1 comment:

  1. This is brilliant! Love your review and can't wait to read more!
    Thank you for the well written, well thought out and colorful description of this book now I will have to read it as well. :-)


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