The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Tutor's-DaughterAfter Emma Smallwood and her father send off their school’s last student, Emma secures her father a position tutoring two of the Weston brothers in their own home on a seaside cliff in Cornwall. Though she knows it’s necessary, Emma is less than excited to tag along. She remembers the older Weston boys, who attended her father’s school years before—Phillip, who had been a close friend, and Henry, who had been especially fond of playing tricks on her.

When the Smallwoods arrive, the Weston family seems to be hiding something. And Henry and Phillip aren’t the same boys Emma knew growing up. When strange things start happening, Emma doesn’t know who to trust.

The relational tension and Weston family secrets drew me in to the story. Not knowing who to trust kept me turning the pages. And Klassen provided just enough details to keep me guessing.

Whenever a woman asks me for a book recommendation, I always suggest Julie Klassen. No, she’s not a book (my husband and his family take everything literally, so I’ve been conditioned to deflect it before they can say anything), but she is a fantastic author, and I’ve loved every one of her six books.

My favorite thing about Julie’s writing is that she weaves suspense in with the romance. Let’s be honest—a lot of historical Christian romances are nothing but fluff and unrealistic mush. But Julie’s stories always have an element of mystery that goes beyond the romantic entanglements and makes them hard to put down.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or the author.