Monday, December 26, 2016

The Tutor's Daughter

       BOOK REVIEW:    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 thins begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to discover the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementos?
      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.

     MY REVIEW:    I think this is one of my favorites by Julie Klassen. There is a fair bit of mystery and intrigue--one can very easily tell that something is amiss, but as to what, that is harder to determine.
     Julie's main female characters often lack a personal relationship with God, but by the end have been saved through the testimony of the male character's faith. That is a cool thing to find in each book.
     As I have mentioned before, Julie writes about the lower classes of society; sometimes both characters are such, and other times one is higher nobility. It is interesting to see all the different classes and professions she writes about. In this book, Emma and her father are respected, but placed little higher than the servants.

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