Friday, 18 January 2013

Book Review: The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

About the Book: 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 momentoes?
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 Thoughts:  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one weekend.

I think my favourite thing about this book were the characters themselves.  Klassen created such different personalities and really brought them to life.  I really felt like you became invested or really got to know each character, and the interplay between them and the intricacies of their relationships were the heart of the story.  The well-rounded character development combined with the intriguing storyline made this a very enjoyable story indeed.

The book also had some deep spiritual insights without coming across as preachy.  I really liked this quote in particular....

What mattered in reality was a person's character, what he did with the life and abilities God had given him, and his daily choice to act honorably despite the selfish tendencies and weaknesses shared by all humans.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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