I was delighted to get my hands on an advance copy of The Tutor's Daughter. Within it's pages I ventured back in time to a place where love is a luxury, rarely indulged, gentlemen must marry to secure the future of their family and secrets must be kept- at all costs. Emma Smallwood, the tutor's daughter, is a clever young lady whose future becomes uncertain as her father mourns the loss of his wife. Through her memories we learn of the Weston family whose sons attended her father's academy. Emma contacts the family and discovers they are in need of a tutor for their younger sons. Would John Smallwood be willing to come to Cornwall and teach them?
This is where the book gets veeeerrrryyyy interesting.
I want to tell you so badly what happens! But alas, I cannot. I will tell you that there are secrets, oh yes, there are secrets! Strange noises are heard late at night, the pianoforte is played when all are in bed- but by whom? Love letters appear, private journals disappear and there are rumors of a ghost that roams the halls. Who can be trusted? The stormy Cornwall coast with it's history of shipwrecks and pirates will have you shivering with anticipation- or is it dread?
The Tutor's Daughter is a suspenseful pot of tea, filled to the brim with intrigue, secrets, history and deception. The Weston brothers kept me guessing until the very end as to their intentions and Emma Smallwood's memories running through the story were delightful. Lizzie Henshaw, Mrs. Weston's ward, was an interesting wild card of a character that added a clever twist to the puzzle. The Chapel of the Rock "incident" was one I won't soon forget!
I wish I could tell you more but I don't want to ruin it for you! Brew some tea, snuggle up with a blanket and treat yourself The Tutor's Daughter. It's a must read for for fans of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights!
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!*I received a copy of The Tutor's Daughter from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given to me.*