I received a copy of The Tutor’s Daughter in exchange for my review. All opinions listed are my own.
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?
I loved how Julie took me away across the pond to life in Cornwall. This novel gives you those delicious social class problems that only regency can give you and gothic settings reminiscent of Du Maurier.
The characters are well-developed and, in general, very like-able. The story was well-paced, without too many sub-plts and just enough surprise twists, including who really holds the key to Emma’s heart.
This is a great read for any age, mid-teen and older, especially if you like Jane Austen-like writing. You can’t go wrong buying a Julie Klassen book. Don’t hesitate one moment to buy this book. If you’ve never read any of her books, and read this one, you will soon be buying the rest of her books!
About the Author
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/.
I received a copy of this book in order to write my review. All opinions listed are my own.