Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Litfuse Publicity: "The Tutor's Daughter" by Julie Klassen Book Review (and a facebook party/giveaway, too)

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

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, 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?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I started reading this book, I knew I recognized the writing style, but I couldn't place it until I noticed it was the same author as "The Maid of Fairbourne Hall."  And then I knew I was going to love the book, and that is a vast understatement!  This book reads like a classic.  The author loves Jane Austen and "Jane Eyre," and this comes through clearly in the style and the story.  Indeed, Julie Klassen has got to be one of the finest Christian historical fiction authors out there today, and I would love to read every single book she has ever written and ever will write.

This book has it all--romance, history, mystery, intrigue, and so much more.  I found myself so enraptured with the story that I did not want to put it down.  It is a 400-something page book, but it never dragged.  The characters were well-developed, and you couldn't help but love Emma and Henry.  I have to admit that I wasn't even sure how the romance would play out, but the ending was exactly as it should have been.  No sappy romance--just true love.  Oh, and it almost goes without saying--no sex scenes nor profanity.

The Christian message is woven expertly into the novel without beating you over the head with it.  This is always what I appreciate about well-written Christian fiction.  The gospel is never out of place in the book.  The characters are real and come to rely on God in a special way.  I would not think that this kind of book would appeal to any historical romance fans out there, and you are guaranteed a clean read.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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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  1. I wish I would have seen this sooner I missed the party :(
    I am happy to have a good book recommendation though The Tutor’s Daughter sounds like a really good book! I can't wait to read it

  2. This book sounds really great, thank you for the wonderful review!

  3. This looks really good. I'm going to have to check it out. Great review.

  4. Don't know how I missed this before!

  5. This sounds good! I am going to check it out.


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