Book Review: The Tutor’s Daughter

23 Jan

210693_w185Filled 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? 



JKlassen-117Julie 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.

My Impressions:

In her biography Julie Klassen says she loves all things Jane — Jane Austen and Jane Eyre. If you do too, then you should pick up a copy of her latest Regency-era novel, The Tutor’s Daughter. Emma Smallwood is a little stiff when it comes to her personal life, yet she comes alive with passion when surrounded by her books. She has lived a quiet life helping her father in his boys’ academy and has suffered from the loss of her mother and subsequent loss of trust in God. In order to bring her father out of his 2 year decline since her mother’s death and to combat the failing finances of his school, Emma contacts the father of former pupils and embarks on a new adventure to the wilds of Cornwall. Whispers of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice surround the shadowy Cornwall estate and its inhabitants. But The Tutor’s Daughter is not a remix of old classics, it is a fresh look at human nature and God’s provision.

I especially enjoyed the historical elements of The Tutor’s Daughter — from the running of a great estate, to the class distinctions, to the history of ship wrecks off the Cornish coast. Traveling with Emma, brings the early 19th century to life for the reader. The characters also bring spice to the story. The mysterious goings on will satisfy those who like suspense and intrigue, and the romance will appeal to those who devour historical romance novels.

The Tutor’s Daughter is another great read of 2013.

Highly Recommended.

(I received The Tutor’s Daughter from LitFuse in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Julie is celebrating the publication of The Tutor’s Daughter 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 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!)

3 Responses to “Book Review: The Tutor’s Daughter”

  1. Lily B January 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    yay! great review, this is actually my next book to read from netgalley 😀 cannot wait

    • rbclibrary January 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      You are going to love it!

  2. booklovers1 February 26, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Hopeing to read this book this weekend!! Can’t wait 🙂

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