Review: The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Tutor'sDaughter_mck.inddTHE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER
by Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: January 1, 2013

From the back cover:

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?

The baronet’s older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems–and secrets–of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father’s academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.

When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor’s daughter figure out which brother to blame… and which brother to trust with her heart?

I have been a fan of Julie Klassen’s writing since her first book, LADY OF MILKWEED MANOR. Ms. Klassen always manages to draw me in with her fascinating combination of history, intrigue, and romance and THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER is no different. I absolutely loved the Gothic feel to this book. Almost immediately we are shown that all is not as it seems in Ebbington Manor. Just as we are beginning to think we have it figured out, Ms. Klassen throws another twist into the mix, and we are left wondering just who Emma can trust.

On top of that, Ms. Klassen gives us a romance that tackles the idea that preconceived notions are often wrong. Another layer of depth is added to the story as Emma falls in love with the last person she ever expected to like. This sweetly unfolding romance is beautiful and subtle and full of charm.

Tackling issues of autism, family loyalty and conforming to society, THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER manages to both engage and teach as it imparts a wonderful, timeless message of forgiveness and God’s unfailing love. If you enjoy historical mysteries with a dash of romance and secrets, you will love THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER!


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