This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Silent Governess
Bethany House; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
by
Julie Klassen


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julie says: My background is in advertising and marketing, but I am blessed with a dream job—working as an editor of Christian fiction. I have been writing since childhood, but Lady of Milkweed Manor was my first novel. It was a finalist for a Christy Award and won second place in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards. My second novel, The Apothecary’s Daughter, was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year awards. I am currently writing one novel a year.

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.


ABOUT THE BOOK:


Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his.

But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything–his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.

He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.

Moving, mysterious, and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in an English manor house where all is not as it appears.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of  The Silent Governess, go HERE. You can also sign up as a Follower when you get to that page, and get announcements of the first chapters for all the great books we tour!

Learn more about Julie and her books on her Website.

MY REVIEW:

The Silent Governess is the first of Julie Klassen’s novels that I have read. I am already making plans to get hold of her other two. As you may guess, I REALLY liked The Silent Governess. In fact, I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like about it. This story brought to mind the old paperback Gothic novels I used to read when I was much younger. For some reason the heroine of most of them seemed to be a governess and the hero was her single father employer. Fortunately that is about all The Silent Governess has in common with those books. The characters in The Silent Governess are more fully developed and the realistic plot does not rely on shock tactics or the paranormal to keep the reader’s attention.

The Silent Governess had just the right mixture of romance, mystery, suspense, and humor for my taste. It illustrated the life of a governess and the class differences in nineteenth-century England in a manner that made me feel as if I was there. The plot moved at a comfortable pace with plenty of opportunity to know the characters. Primary truths exemplified through the narrative included the vulnerability and risks that come from keeping secrets, the pitfalls of greed and thirst for power, and that nobility is more a state of the heart than of privileged birth.

I highly recommend The Silent Governess and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself.