Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor’s Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast-a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions-where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.
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?
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My Review: I look forward to Julie Klassen’s historical novels. I discovered her books last year at the library and I’ve enjoyed each of them. And this one was no different. Set in the Regency era you will be tempted to reminisce of Jane Austen. But don’t get caught up in that. Enjoy the stories on their own merit as I did.
What did I like? Well there’s always a little bit of mystery in Julie’s books, which is nice. I like the historical setting. Julie does her research so you may learn a thing or two while reading. And she always includes quotes from old books which I love. But the story. The story is a good one. I wasn’t quite able to guess at the beginning what I thought the ending would be, but about 3 chapters in I was sent enough twists and turns to second guess myself a few times. And the secrets? Well I never did guess those. But I did enjoy the book and found it to be a page turner. What happens next?!
This is just a side note. There was a lot of entering of bed chambers, not necessarily in a seedy manner, that makes me want to read up on some Regency history and it’s customs. It kept reminding me of a particular scene in the latest adaptation of Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Bingley enters the bedroom at Netherfield where Jane is recovering from a cold to wish her well and she is all abed. Would they have done that back then? It is part of the storyline though and regardless of that it didn’t make me like the story any less.
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 Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Find out more about Julie at http://www.julieklassen.com/.
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