Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"the tutor's daughter" by julie klassen

About the book (from the back cover): 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 mementos?

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 take: The Tutor's Daughter was a complete pleasure to read. From my previous experience with Klassen's writing, I knew I'd probably enjoy The Tutor's Daughter ... but I had no idea how much I'd love it!

As I read, I couldn't help but feel that I was reading a Jane Austen novel. Or, more accurately, that I was watching a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, as Klassen has a way with words that put a very clear picture into my head as I read. The plot evokes memories of Northanger Abbey, Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and even Jane Eyre while still remaining unique.

Throughout the story, there were twists and turns that I sort-of, but never fully, anticipated. And the romance between Emma and the man she ended up with (no spoilers here!) was so sweet and seemed perfectly natural. Finally, a subplot involving Emma's aunt Jane nearly made me cry with happiness.

The Tutor's Daughter is simply fantastic, and I can't recommend it highly enough! 5 stars!

(In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I caught more than a few typos—definitely more than I normally notice in a book put out by a major publisher. But I don't believe it's a reflection on Klassen's writing, and the errors were probably far more annoying to me than they would be to most people.)

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See my reviews of Klassen's The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Apothecary's Daughter.

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/.

About the giveaway: Julie is celebrating by giving away one of the new Paperwhite Kindles, Downton Abbey (season 3) and hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. (January 31st)


One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3
  • A Julie Klassen library (The Tutor’s Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 30th. Winner will be announced at "The Tutor's Daughter Author Chat Party on January 31st. Connect with Julie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be great giveaways - gift certificates, books and season 3 of Downton Abbey!

So grab your copy of The Tutor's Daughter and join Julie on the evening of the January 31st for a chance to connect with Julie and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. This one is definitely on my To-Be-Read list. I always enjoy Julie's Klassen's novels. So far my favorite from her is "The Apothecary's Daughter".

    I entered the giveaway, it looks like it's got some pretty cool prizes!

    Thanks for your review, Becky!


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