The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen – Blog Tour and Book Review

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About the Book:

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? 

About the Author:

Julie 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. 

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My Opinion:

This is my second book by Ms. Klassen – I reviewed The Maid of Fairbourne Hall previously and found it a light and enjoyable read. I therefore accepted The Tutor’s Daughter with anticipation of another good tale.

In this story we meet young Emma Smallwood who is caring for her widowed father and teaching with him in their academy for young boys; only there are no more boys to teach. This turn of events does not seem to bother her father but it concerns Emma mightily because she doesn’t know how she will pay their bills without students. She comes up with a plan to invite the younger sons of previous students but instead receives an offer to come to the manor house instead to teach them there. At first insulted for her father she soon learns he feels that the change of scenery is just what he wants to help forget the wife he so loved.

Off they trek with Emma feeling some trepidation as she has very fond feelings for one of these former students and less than fond feelings for the other. She meets the rest of the family including a ward, Lizzie who is far too outspoken and invasive for Emma’s comfort. Soon strange manifestations start to occur in and around Emma and she starts to worry that she is being haunted by a ghost.

But it is nothing so spectral that haunts her; it is most definitely something earthbound and something evil. She works towards figuring out the secrets of the manor while sorting out her feelings for the older sons of the house.

I was intrigued with the synopsis of this book but the story didn’t live up to its teaser. I think what left me most dissatisfied was the lack of any real justice or comeuppance for the bad guys at the end. I obviously don’t want to give too much away but what good is revealing the evil doer for lack of a better phrase and then just letting him/her off? It was an emotional let down. The romantic aspects ended up quite nicely though and Ms. Klassen does have a way with descriptions – I really felt as if I was there. I felt Emma’s fear and confusion and she was being stalked. It just felt like a rushed ending with, as mentioned an unsatisfactory wrap up for the bad guys.

It was, though an enjoyable read and I will read the next book from Ms. Klassen when it comes out.


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Now for the fun:

Julie is celebrating 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 great giveaways – 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!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

Disclosure:  I was sent a free copy of The Tutor’s Daughter by Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.

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