Monday, January 14, 2013

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen Book Review/Blog Tour + Downton Abbey Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway!!

Book Summary: 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?

My thoughts: I have read almost every book by Julie Klassen and I have really liked every single one. If you like historical fiction, it is safe to open a Klassen book knowing that you will enjoy it. That said, I think that this has been my favorite from her by far. I really enjoyed the characters. I wasn't sure at the beginning whether I was going to like Henry or not and didn't know if I was going to root for Emma to end up with Philip or with Henry, but just a little into the book I knew that I would be disappointed if things didn't go well for Henry. I enjoyed watching these characters come to life, even if Emma did seem just a tad over dramatic to me. I loved the sense of mystery that was brought to the table as well- something new in Klassen's  bag of tricks. I hope she continues down this path. It was interesting to have a story set in a huge house with proper people revolve around a tutor and his daughter. I loved that the beginning of the book introduces us to some of the things that went on with Henry, Philip and Emma when they were students living at her father's school, so we kind of see how things were in year's prior and see why Emma is not a huge fan of Henry's and is kind of smitten with Philip as a young teenager. It is neat to watch their story unfold as adults. I would highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction. It's another great novel from Julie Klassen, I am almost bummed I read it so quickly because now I have to wait for her to write something new. I was really pleased overall with The Tutor's Daughter.

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About the 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 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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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!

Disclosure- I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book through the publisher via Litfuse. I was not required to render a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

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