Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Litfuse Tour: The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

on January 15, 2013

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 Julie:

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:

What a way to begin the new year!  This hasn’t been the only book I’ve read in the 14 days of 2013 but this has been right at the top for a book that I would recommend you get and read!  I read this in a matter days, if you count the fact I had a couple days I couldn’t read because of headaches, but I couldn’t put it down!  In case you’re wondering, thinking maybe I’m a Downton Abbey fan, I’m not – yet and that is why I’m raving over this book, again wrong.  I felt like I was there in England – standing on the cliffs in Cornwall, smelling the smells of books that have been un-used for a time, and hearing the haunting sounds in a huge manor – when a book can make you feel like you are there then the author has accomplished quite a feat.


I’ve only read one other book of Julie’s and it too, was wonderful but there was something about The Tutor’s Daughter that had me intrigued about England like never before.  I loved that the headings before the chapters gave quotes and some are even books that I am now seeking out because they sound so lovely.  There were some places that went a bit slow, but it picked up and towards the last half of the book the pages couldn’t turn fast enough to know who dun it?  I am not a Austen fan and while this book would appeal to her fans this book will also hold something special for readers who want a modern version English romance with a lot of faith in God thrown in.


**Disclaimer:  I was provided an e-copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.



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 today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!


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