The Tutor’s Daughter started to really remind me of Jane Eyre even though it is written in Austen’s style – as Julie Klassen usually writes. Part way through it got a bit slow, and I was hoping it would go ahead and reveal what I already knew was coming. It did and then the pace picked up and went quick to the end!
I like the main heroine and hero and the way they are good humans, but only human. I totally understand the heroine leaving clothes behind so that she could have more room for books. I like the way the hero is dedicated to saving lives from shipwrecks – even to his own peril. I don’t have a favorite supporting character in this story; they are all a bit too sad or deceitful. I like the way the author incorporates details of everyday life in the 1800s with the story as well as some stories based very specifically on true stories. There is a bit of religious talk done very eloquently, but not very specifically. The other large issue addressed is well done and true to the era. I don’t want to say too much and give any spoiler away.
Here is the backcover copy:
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?
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Bethany House. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity Group for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.