If Emma Smallwood doesn’t do something quickly, the Smallwood Academy will have to shut its doors permanently. So when the last student enrolled graduates, Emma persuades her father to write to Sir Giles Weston to see if he will consider sending his two youngest sons, Rowan and Julius, for tutoring. After all, John Smallwood had done an excellent job preparing Henry and Phillip Weston for university. Fortunately, Sir Giles is very receptive to the idea, but he wants Emma’s father to come to Ebbington Manor and teach the boys there. However, from the minute Emma and her father arrive at the Weston family home in Cornwall, someone, or something, seems determined to drive them away. In her latest captivating inspirational romance, Christy Award–winning Klassen effectively channels the gothic spirit of Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, and the classic novels of Holt by making effective use of her atmospheric Cornish setting and creating a plot packed with secrets and intrigue. --John Charles
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?
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.
"[a] lovely addition to the genre...Regency/Klassen fans will love the mystery, romance, and drama." --Publishers Weekly
"A clever book that incorporates what readers love of Jane Austen, Downton Abbey
and even a bit of Jane Eyre
. The novel offers everything a historical romance reader looks for."
--Historical Novels Review
about The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
"Klassen delivers another impeccably crafted romance rich in fascinating details about life both upstairs and downstairs in a country estate. An excellent choice for fans of faith-based fiction and readers who miss traditional Regency romances."
about The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
"Well-developed characters, plot twists, and attention to period detail make this a sure bet for fans of Regency novels. A hint of romance will win Klassen readers who enjoy Catherine Palmer." -Library Journal
"A remarkable tale with many unpredictable twists and turns."--CBA Retailers and Resources
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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. Three of her books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
, The Girl in the Gatehouse
, and The Silent Governess
, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.