Review: THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER / by Julie Klassen

The Tutor’s Daughter / by Julie Klassen.
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764210693
Adult  (HS)     Rating: 4

Award-winning author Julie Klassen returns with a historical fiction set in Regency England, introducing a widowed tutor, his spinster daughter, two former students, and a mystery set in an old manor house.

In The Tutor’s Daughter, Emma Smallwood travels with her father when he is hired to teach the younger brothers of two former students in Cornwall. The older brothers remember Emma from their days at her father’s school, and are more than eager to renew their friendship with her. Shortly after their arrival, mysterious things begin to happen — a piano being played in the middle of the night, someone sneaking into Emma’s room, and more. What secrets are the Weston family hiding, and whom can Emma trust?

Ever since her mother died, Emma believes that God no longer answers her prayers and she no longer trusts in God. As she faces strange events in the manor, she finds herself more willing to believe in God again. This is especially true when she and Henry are locked in the chapel, and they face possible death as the water rises during the storm.

This book features a well-written plot with elements of gothic romance and romantic suspense: notes that mysteriously appear under Emma’s door, a young ward in love with one of the brothers, nighttime wanderings, frightening pictures, smugglers, a shipwreck, items disappearing from Emma’s room, a spinster aunt, and a strange cry in the night. Readers will enjoy the descriptive narration, mounting suspense and clean romance, in this enjoyable nod to the style of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre. An author’s note about some historical facts, and discussion questions are included.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thanks to the publisher for an advance copy of this book.

Carol R. Gehringer

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