Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Fantastic New Historical Fiction by a Popular Author

"The Tutor's Daughter"
      By Julie   Klassen          

Synopsis:         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? 

My Views on this Book: 
Julie Klassen 's newest book, "The Tutor's Daughter" is certainly no disappointment to her followers!!  After reading another book by this author, " The Maid of Fairbourne Hall", I was sure that another one could not be as captivating and intriguing, however, I am pleased to say that I was WRONG!!  Julie has continued to develop her characters in a most unique way. They have many sides to them,  you think you have them figured out and she throws in a new characteristic.  The varied personalities within this story make it the winner that it is. Each one grows on you as you read further and you find something in each that you can identify with.  Their feelings and emotions are dealt with in such detail , that you feel each challenge, fear, excitement and joy.  The main character,  Emma, became my friend. Her fears were deep within me as the plot developed.

The plot  was totally intriguing.  It is a complicated one, full of twists and turns. You  were constantly meeting the unexpected. Julie has the suspicious acts escalate as the story develops.  Emma' s trust is continually challenged by the two brothers. Which brother should she trust and which one is out to get her??  Don't be surprised to be sitting on the edge of your seat, as this book is a real page turner!! Danger lurks around every corner !!  

The setting, on the windswept Cornwall coast, infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions,  enhances the feeling of suspense and danger.  It is the perfect place for this historical romance.

DEFINITELY  a five star book!!!   Can hardly wait for your next book, Julie!  Your talent to keep me engrossed with  my heart pounding exhibits how you have been successful in including everything that a historical romance reader looks for!!

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. 
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  This book was provided by LitFuse and Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.         

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