My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mixed of Jane Austen meets Bronte, “The Tutor’s Daughter” by Julie Klassen made it difficult for me to put the book down, and by the time I realized how late at night it was getting, I was already halfway through the book and the last thing I wanted to do, was have to wait till tomorrow to find out what happen to sensible but quick witted Emma, the main character of,”The Tutor’s Daughter”.
A tale of mystery, subtle romance and intrigue, I really like how Julie Klassen’s main character, Emma was a very head strong, well read, “blue stocking” though, some of the minor characters in the book felt too one dimensional, with the number of characters that Julie was juggling, while writing a detailed story, set in a “musty traditional Victorian” home, she manages to keep the main characters from sounding too cliche and at the same time, maintaining a good mystery that forms the basis of the book, “The Tutor’s Daughter”.
I enjoyed the relevant quotes that starts off each chapter, and Emma, the main character, is a very strong character with a love for reading and her family and yet doesn’t come off as too unbelievable, while keeping a firm hold in the time and place of her surroundings.
The book has a subtle theme of being lost, finding God and not letting the past defined oneself as well as a heart warming story of forgiveness and it was not difficult, getting lost in the story.
There were times I picked up a hint of a Jane Austen influence, if Jane Austen wrote a mystery-romance novel and the flow of the writing, really keeps the reader moving forward, with real life events, that inspired several scenes, brilliantly interwoven in this tale romantic tale of mystery and discovery.
This is not a light romance read, but what I would call an intellectual read, in the reader is really taken deep into the novel and not a book that can be read here and there, but once you are caught up in the tale, you, as I did, will find themselves at the edge of their seat, turning the pages and guessing not only at the romantic intrigue but the mystery of the home, Emma and her father, has arrived to, tour a pair of students.
The overall tone captures Bronte in its moodiness and one can almost see the foggy mornings, the sound of the waves crashing near the home that Emma and her father, will currently call home and all the while, you will be caught up in a game of words, and wits that really makes this a fantastic, hard to put down mystery romance.
At first daunted, at the end of,”The Tutor’s Daughter”, I found myself, uncharacteristically connecting with the characters, laughing at the right moments, breath caught up in suspense and tears at all the right places as, “The Tutor’s Daughter” truly deliver as a delightful read for everyone.
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