The Tutor’s Daughter

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Summary of The Tutor’s Daughter:

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 Julie Klassen from her website bio:

I worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now write full time. Three of my books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA awards.

I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.


Oh how this book has left me torn. Julie Klassen is no doubt an amazing author. I have read every book she has written and have loved them all. The Tutor’s Daughter has left me unsettled though.

First let me say that I loved the mystery behind it. (You can catch the video here to give you an idea) It is a rare thing indeed that I am left guessing until the last few chapters of a book. There was more than one mystery which made the story more exciting and kept me reading until I knew all the answers.

I loved (as I always do) Klassen’s historical detail. She has such an attention for detail. She has such a richness to her descriptions there are times I feel as I am there.  On Klassen’s website she has pictures of the places that inspired the setting of The Tutor’s Daughter. I didn’t need the pictures, thanks to her writing.

Oh the characters of this book. There were such diverse personalities in this book and most were done so well. I did like Emma, although at times she came across  a little flat. I must say I was more taken with the minor characters than the main ones. Lizzie had such a flare for the dramatic that even though I wasn’t suppose to like her I found myself laughing at her. All the Weston brothers had their different personalities and I found torn between liking them and annoyed with them sometimes.

Even in the midst of writing this review I am having trouble trying to figure out what I liked and didn’t. Normally I can pin point it much better. Let me finish by saying that this review should not stop you from reading this book. Many of my friends read it and loved it.  It is beyond a doubt a book that we were discussing intently. Which can be such a wonderful thing.

I do look forward to Julie Klassen’s next book, whenever that  comes out I will be waiting.


I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.


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