- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764210726
- ISBN-13: 978-0764210723
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 413 customer reviews
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The Painter's Daughter Paperback – December 1, 2015
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"Regency romance with secrets, hidden rooms, and of course, romance. . . . Julie Klassen has hit this one out of the ballpark."--RT Book Reviews
"Jane Austen meets Victoria Holt in Christy Award-winning Klassen's latest deliciously spooky and sweetly romantic historical."--Booklist
"Klassen has combined all kinds of reader-favorite elements in this mystery romance. . . . A gem for Regency and inspirational readers alike."--Bookpage
Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists--including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape.
Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley's responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host's daughter in serious trouble.
Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother's, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage "in name only" to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.
Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn't come to regret it?
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Bestselling, award-winning author 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 and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more at www.julieklassen.com.
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Klassen allows us to view all perspectives of the consequences of Sophie and Wesley's indiscretions and the price they all pay for it. She didn't once resort to unrealistic coincidences to fill in plot holes or force her characters into boxes their previous actions didn't fit. Her story is seamless, with the quality writing I've come to expect from her. The story ends as it should, on a satisfactory note that rewards the reader with a feeling that the love that developed between Sophie and Stephen would last a happy lifetime.
This story has strong Christian themes, so if morality isn't your thing, look elsewhere.
I have no problem with characters who have made poor choices in their lives. For Christian novels this usually sets up a story of redemption, grace, and God's love. Klassen has certainly dealt with these themes in the past, to better effect. The Painter's Daughter and Lady Maybe dealt with two young women who made poor choices but who do not seem to be overly sorry about those choices. I got the feeling that they would likely choose to make the same choices again, if they had to go back again. Both novels also deal with young women who have two men seeking their favor. Lady Maybe has a married man vying for the main character's affections, and The Painter's Daughter deals with two brothers who love the same woman. I'm sorry, but there is an ick factor that I had to set aside in order to read both books. I've not had to do that before when reading a Klassen book. In The Painter's Daughter I felt more sorry for Stephen than anything else. He was in love with a woman who wanted his brother and ultimately had to raise his niece as his own. He was a swoon worthy hero who made me sad for him.
Captain Stephen Overtree never expected to marry, but when the beautiful painter's daughter crosses his path, he is inextricably drawn to the delicate, shattered young woman whom his brother used for his own pleasure and presumably left forsaken. Stephen has a short leave of absence from his regiment and transports his new bride home to his family where he hopes that she will be safe while he is away. What no one ever expected was a dire prediction of the future from a curious inhabitant, and a premature reappearance of the artist brother, prohibiting Stephen and Sophie from firmly sorting out their growing feelings for one another, when the captain is suddenly retrieved for active duty.
Once again, Sophie has decisions to make that will affect the lives and future of an entire family. Will she honor her marriage vows or give in to the incessant appeals from someone she once imagined to love? Julie Klassen has artfully captured an inspiring story onto the pages of this newest release.