The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen is a delightful read with a beautiful setting on the Cornwall Coast.
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?
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. (Author's Description)
There has been a lot of outstanding reviews for Julie's new novel and I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. I did enjoy this book, though it took me a little longer to get into. I must admit, I had just finished watching the most recent season of Downton Abbey and there were so many similar things between the book and show such as how they spoke and whatnot. After I got through chapter five I completely fell in love with the characters and the ongoing mystery of the story. The romance is sweet and Julie fit all aspects into the book perfectly. There is a lot of humor in the book that I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times. I give this book five stars and highly recommended!
Please stop by Julie's Website where you can watch a book trailer and read an excerpt from The Tutor's Daughter.
"I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review"