In my opinion, “The Tutor’s Daughter” is another winner by Julie Klassen who has quickly become one of my go-to authors. A regency era romance with a somewhat gothic Cornwall setting, this novel begins well and builds the suspense and excitement as it progresses.

When Emma Smallwood accompanies her father to the Weston manor to help him tutor the baronet’s two younger sons,  she renews her acquaintance with the two older sons, Henry and Phillip who had once been students at her father’s boarding school. Happy to see Phillip again but apprehensive about Henry who had tormented her during his school days, Emma tries to be cordial to both of them. As can be expected in a book of this genre, a romance develops but it is not obvious for quite some time which direction it will take and which, if any, of the brothers will Emma grow to love.

A story filled with family secrets, mysterious music during the night, anonymous notes under the door, as well as other strange events, “The Tutor’s Daughter” certainly kept me turning its pages. I didn’t want to put it down in order to take care of my everyday mundane chores. I am looking forward to Klassen’s next novel and any other she cares to write in the future. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, I would recommend that you give “The Tutor’s Daughter” a try. You will probably find yourself a fan like me.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


The Tutor's DaughterFilled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor’s Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast–a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions–where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.

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?

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Julie KlassenJulie 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.


”The Tutor’s Daughter” by Julie Klassen! Enter to win a “Downton Abbey” Kindle Prize Pack

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:

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