3.21.2013

The Tutor's Daughter ~ Historical Fiction at its finest!





Historical Fiction

Back of the book:

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?

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.



About the author:




I worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now write full time. Three of my books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards.



I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.







My thoughts:

Do you enjoy the English classics by Jane Austen or better yet the Bronte sisters? If so you are going to be delighted by The Tutor’s Daughter.  Julie Klassen’s writing style is evocative of that classic form. I love to read works by Austen and the Bronte’s but one of the drawbacks is the old English style of language of the time frame and the multiple characters with similar names. Julie’s works are written in modern language and her characters are easily identifiable from the others.

The storyline is filled with twists and turns that add depth and dimension to the plot. The characters have a quality of realness that draws you deeper into the mystery. Up until the very last page you are led on a merry chase to find out exactly who is behind all of the sinister acts that keep happening.

For a modern quality of historical fiction, pick up a copy of The Tutor’s Daughter.  In fact any book you see with Julie Klassen’s name on it is worthy of purchasing and savoring.


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