Saturday, January 19, 2013

Book Review - The Tutor's Daughter


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?

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 wonderful from the first page and was one of those books that you don't want to end. It reminded me so much of my favorite Jane Austen books and was written just as well. It drew me into the story and then kept me there.

Emma is the daughter of a tutor who teaches the children of the well-to-do. All is going well until Emma's mother dies and then her father, devastated, looses interest in his teaching and they are quickly finding themselves getting destitute. In desperation, Emma writes to a family who have sent their sons to them before in hopes of getting them to send their two youngest to the school.  This sets off a chain of events that keep your nose in this book until the end.

There are many secrets in the household of this family where her father goes to teach, taking Emma with him. A lot of mysterious things happen within the house and it makes for some spine-tingling moments. Just when you thought you had the story figured out, another twist would occur to keep you off-track. Emma was on the receiving end of being tormented by all the strange occurances in the house which kept me on the edge of my seat. 

I really liked the mystery of the story with the touches of romance. I liked the fact that you were never really sure what was going on. Just a good story all the way around and I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me by LitFuse Publicity Group for my honest review

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Blessings - Julie


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