Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Book Review: The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

*****--5 Stars.
January 2013, 416 pages.

Description (from Amazon): Award-Winning Regency Romance from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen.

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?

The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.

When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame...and which brother to trust with her heart?

My Review: Thunder and turf!!! I loved this book!! It almost had a Jane Eyre feeling to it (and that is one of my all-time favorite books), yet it was different enough that it wasn't a copycat.

Emma Smallwood's father is a tutor, who used to run a school for boys. When a family fails to send their younger two sons to the school, they contact the family to see if they want their sons tutored in-house and the offer is accepted. What Emma and her father don't expect to find is a very chilly reception. The two older sons come home for some family business and there are some very strange happenings going on.

I love how tender Emma is, despite her very prim and organized way. I was going back and forth with myself in rooting for the guy--who should I choose? There were some slower parts, but I still found myself enjoying them a lot.

Content: clean.

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