I was first drawn to this book by the colorful cover. I couldn't resist the beautiful scenery, and the girl in bonnet on the front was intriguing. All in all I admit I LOVED this book! This is the type of book that you don't want to quit reading. The author does an exceptional job at creating the world to pull you right in. The characters are easily pictured and the mystery contained within is just so hard to figure out. Such a wonderful change from all the typical overdone mysteries that are usually put in romance novels. This book has everything that a historical romance reader could possibly want and then some. Let me give you some more information before I proceed with my review...
::Description from the back of 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 mementos?
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?
Filled 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 is a character that I can identify with. I must admit had I have lived in the old age days I would have been considered a bluestocking as she is at first depicted in the novel. I always have my head in a book at some time or another, and consider them to be wonderful adventures. Luckily in this day and age women have the freedom to read without being termed as such. But more than that Emma is very courageous, stands up for herself, and is extremely smart. I liked her character throughout the entire story, although she did frustrate me at times for not speaking up when it should have been necessary. Still it added to the allure of the mystery so it wasn't a completely bad thing. Henry is such a strange character not seeming at all as he was depicted from Emma's view at the beginning. I was so smitten by his character by the end of the novel, and I couldn't believe I thought him cold in the beginning! The characters, each and every one, just grow throughout the novel before your very eyes.
I love that this isn't your basic run of the mill romance novel with just romance, but instead holds the mask of mystery that will no doubt keep you intrigued throughout! Just when I thought I had the perpetrator of pranks pegged down I would find myself changing my mind with the next prank pulled! In no way could I have predicted the actual ending although I had inklings that were close. The entire novel is just such a surprise, and pleasant ones at that. I found that all the characters got their just deserved, and I am now a forever fan of Julie Klassen.
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Disclaimer:: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.