Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Tutor's Daughter Paperback – January 1, 2013
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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
From the Back Cover
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."
--Booklist 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
Discussion questions included.
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.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 48%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Emma comes up with a plan and writes a letter to the Weston family. Two of their sons attended their academy a couple of years ago and Emma is hoping that the younger two sons will also attend their academy.
When a letter arrives from the Weston family, Emma and her father are invited to come to their manor in Cornwall to privately tutor the two youngest sons. Father Smallwood is exited and is looking forward to a new environment. Emma, on the other hand, is dreading to meet one particular Weston son--Henry, because he played a lot of pranks on her when he lived with them.
When they get there they are not expected and come at an inconvenient time. Nevertheless they are welcomed in the manor and bedrooms are hurriedly prepared.
Soon Emma will find out that someone is playing tricks on her. She is also hearing someone screaming in the night. On another night she's hearing someone playing the piano. And then she's hearing a story about a ghost who is hunting the manor...
Every member of the Weston family acts strange... they are hiding something, but what? Is there really a ghost? And who is trying to frighten Emma?
When Emma finds out about the family secret, will the pranks stop then, or will they get worse? And who of the Weston brothers will win Emma's heart?
I loved how Julie took me away across the pond to life in Cornwall. I also loved the mystery in this story. At first I thought I knew who played the tricks, but later I would begin to doubt and in the end I found out I was completely wrong!
The characters are well developed and easy to sympathize with. The tenderness and romance are sweet... overall a marvelous story! Well done, Julie!
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**
The story is interesting and I do enjoy the writer's story telling skills. We are able to travel--through her pages--back into history, and visit a time and place that is very different from who we are now in the 21st century...and though I would not want to have lived during that time, I suppose if one needed to exist then, this house would not have been the worst of the lot. Well done. I do have some problems with the story - which is why I'm giving it 3+ and not the 4s or 5s the other reviewers have. It is related to the lack of proper reason for Emma being the brunt of so much hate and malice AND a lack of satisfaction regarding how she handled the various situations.
I felt Emma should have reprimanded Julian and Lizzie on numerous occasions--and ensured that they were properly dealt with--after all they're both under 18 years old--BUT she did not. An example: Lizzie was caught in Emma's room reading her diary and Emma did nothing save express some sort of vague sounding reproach. I felt that Emma should have brought the matter to the attention of Lady and Sir Weston...it is their home and the young lady is their ward and was indeed of instruction regarding ethical behavior. The reason the writer gives is that Emma was accustomed to handling things herself--and decided to do just that. Pish tosh...needless to say she didn't handle it.
Winning the medal for most annoying outcome however: is the LACK of punitive penalty that Julian, Lizzie ended up with. In light of all of the emotional and psychological abuse that was heaped upon Emma as well as a final act that amounted to attempted murder, I would have thought the writer could have done better at sewing up those two. Julian being sent away for assignment to some sea post with the mere HOPE of rehabilitation is not a penalty for attempted murder! Lizzie going back to her mother is fine--but I felt she needed to be given a good talking to and some type of punishment fitting her role in the whole mess.
Adding to the injury is that if Julian felt any remorse, we the reader were not aware of it. He appeared defiant and his character appears to be set in cruelty and wickedness--for no real reason. There was no real reason other than Emma stuck her nose in...which does not match the level of evil perpetrated against her. These issues in my opinion HINDERED the story...and didn't find enough resolve at the end to overcome them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews