The Tutor’s Daughter

The Tutor’s Daughter

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.

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?

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  • Julie Klassen has a fantastic writing style that incorporates many of her favorite things: clever story lines, the hope of a thrilling romance, threads of faith and values – all while channeling Jane Austen and Jane Eyre.

    The Weston boys were quite a troop, with the evil step-mother to round them out, and I loved watching them interact with the shy but strong-willed Emma.

    I devoured this newest Klassen novel, and my only consolation is that I have yet to read her earlier works. This one is worth your time and I would never hesitate to recommend Julie Klassen to lovers of Regency romances and historical romances. I wouldn’t doubt this one becoming Julie Klassen’s fourth Christy Award Winner.

  • I loved the array of characters in this book. There were quite a few of them, but they each one of them were needed for the intense, mysterious story to play out to perfection. It was a very complex plot of characters and happenings which culminated into a most sigh-worthy end.

  • Relz Reviews says:

    Julie Klassen pens another beautiful Regency novel, with impeccable period detail, dialogue, and sensibilities.

  • It took me awhile to get into this book but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I had to know who was causing all the problems and why they were doing them.

  • I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The story is set in 1817 England. There are many supporting characters that round out the well-written, suspense/romantic storyline.

  • 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 weather 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.

  • Thank goodness for the slow cooker or my family wouldn’t have eaten until I finished reading The Tutor’s Daughter. That bit of formal romance that I love so much in Pride & Prejudice was perfectly displayed in this book. I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from Klassen!

  • What a way to begin the new year! This hasn’t been the only book I’ve read in the 14 days of 2013 but this has been right at the top for a book that I would recommend you get and read! I read this in a matter days, if you count the fact I had a couple days I couldn’t read because of headaches, but I couldn’t put it down! In case you’re wondering, thinking maybe I’m a Downton Abbey fan, I’m not – yet and that is why I’m raving over this book, again wrong. I felt like I was there in England – standing on the cliffs in Cornwall, smelling the smells of books that have been un-used for a time, and hearing the haunting sounds in a huge manor – when a book can make you feel like you are there then the author has accomplished quite a feat.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    I was so completely engaged in the book. I poured over it in a matter of days. I was on the edge of my seat and hated to put it down before I could find out what was going to happen. There were so many terrific themes in this book; relationships and secrets with family, judging people on their past behavior, doing what is right, and keeping your faith in God.

  • I really like this book! It kept me in on the edge of my seat. The story had me continually trying to figure out who was trying to frighten Emma and solutions for the different problems presented.

  • Julie’s description of the countryside opens your eyes to a land of splendor and danger. She piques your interest in her picturesque and intriguing style of writing, while you learn the customs during the early 1800s. Her characters are so definitive and expressive that you can see the shenanigans and dangers being played out before your eyes. Throw in Lizzie’s suspicious and precocious ways, and you have to determine who to trust.

  • A lover of all things Jane Austen and a devoted Downton Abbey fan, I was thrilled to review a new historical fiction from the British Austen era, written by a modern author.

    The Tutor’s Daughter has been a delightful read and one I look forward to picking up every night at bedtime. I was quickly captivated by the characters and the curious plot line that author Julie Klassen has developed.

    Klassen has a way of making her readers feel quite connected to the hearts of her characters and while the book reads a bit quicker than an Austen novel, it has the same charm and historical interest, and the feel of old-time gothic romance. If you’re looking for a fun read that will transport you to another time period, I highly recommend The Tutor’s Daughter.

  • I really enjoyed reading The Tutor’s Daughter. The characters were well created and they all seemed so real life all throughout the story. The plot keeps readers reading because there is so much going on. Starting the action with a big misunderstanding between Mr. Weston and Lady Weston, causing friction between everyone. Then all of the mystery and secrets that seem to be going on, and were there really ghost? Where else would all the night noises be coming from? And I loved the interaction between Phillip and Henry and Emma. Is it Phillip that is attracted to Emma, or would it be Henry? Or could it be the person sneaking into Emma’s room at night? Questions, questions! And they can all be answered in Julie Klassen’s new book, “The Tutor’s Daughter.”

  • If you like Jane Austen, you have come to the right party. As fast as you can say Northanger Abbey, The Tutor’s Daughter scales the great cliffs of Cornwall, its haunted old stone churches and its treacherous seascapes and paints this lugubrious canvas with mystery, intrigue and ROMANCE…. Yes! ROMANCE!

  • The plot of Julie’s newest book was totally intriguing. It is a complicated one, full of twists and turns. You were constantly meeting the unexpected. Julie has the suspicious acts escalate as the story develops. Emma’ s trust is continually challenged by the two brothers. Which brother should she trust and which one is out to get her?? Don’t be surprised to be sitting on the edge of your seat, as this book is a real page turner!! Danger lurks around every corner !!

  • The plot of Julie’s newest book was totally intriguing. It is a complicated one, full of twists and turns. You were constantly meeting the unexpected. Julie has the suspicious acts escalate as the story develops. Emma’ s trust is continually challenged by the two brothers. Which brother should she trust and which one is out to get her?? Don’t be surprised to be sitting on the edge of your seat, as this book is a real page turner!! Danger lurks around every corner !!

  • Overall, this was an interesting read for me and being able to connect it with the romantic/gothic fiction genre made it even better. Do not let the Christian Fiction genre scare anyone who finds that genre “too preachy,” because Klassen does a great job of hitting the high notes and leaving out all the excess that people tend to tire of quickly.

  • I have admitted before to my *slight* addiction to the British Isles. Add that to my desire to time travel to the England of Jane Eyre, and you will understand my obsession with Julie Klassen’s books…

    So, what makes Julie Klassen books so special? She is one of the few authors who isn’t afraid to touch the dark deeds of history and is able incorporate them into her stories in such a way, you won’t even realize you are being given a history lesson. (Have I mentioned I love history?) I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of her books -from the very first- and they have only gotten better.

  • I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen. I have read a few of her other books and was very much entertained by her works so I knew this one would be another great novel.

    I wasn’t disappointed. Julie’s diligent research in historical background and settings combined with her talent in writing a compelling story kept me glued to The Tutor’s Daughter.

  • The ending was very Jane Austen-esque and left me feeling content and happy. I could see it playing out in my mind and feel the strings being pulled on my heart. For me the true test of a good book is when I finish it, I can’t wait to pick it up and read it again. Was the next day too soon….?

    I think not.

  • Happy Four says:

    The author does a beautiful job of writing of affection, fear, division of class during that era along with family secrets that must come to light for healing. This book is a page turner and I highly recommend it.

  • I loved this book! This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
    This novel has everything that I look for in a book: spiritual truth, family, relationships, romance, mystery, suspense, intrigue. The characters are wonderful; the setting is beautiful. The story is well-paced with many surprises. The christian element is strong. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and I would highly recommend it!

  • Klassen’s ability to set the scene with rich historical detail and exquisite descriptions is simply wonderful. The Tutor’s Daughter is quite an enjoyable excursion to early 19th-century Cornwall, marked with the mystery the book trailer and synopsis promise. It’s a combination of Jane Eyre twists, Northanger Abbey atmosphere, Klassen’s sweet romance, and matters of faith.

  • My Thoughts On The Book: I am a big fan of Julie Klassen and I loved how she swept me away to Cornwall. I loved the mystery in this story and really thought at first that I knew exactly who the trickster was, but later I began to wonder if I was right with my judgement call. I was shocked at the end when I realized how wrong I was. Klassen’s characters are well-developed and easy to relate to. This is a marvelous story! Julie Klassen is a superb writer that knows how to catch you from the beginning and hold on to you until the very last page. Once I began reading I could not put the book down. There was just enough mystery and suspense coupled with twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout the entire story. A great read!

  • Julie’s writing style is similar to Jane Austin’s, and I was quickly drawn back in time to early nineteenth century England. Where the impeccably described scenes and well written conversations grabbed my attention and and sparked my imagination.

  • The Tutor’s Daughter is a suspenseful pot of tea, filled to the brim with intrigue, secrets, history and deception. The Weston brothers kept me guessing until the very end as to their intentions and Emma Smallwood’s memories running through the story were delightful. Lizzie Henshaw, Mrs. Weston’s ward, was an interesting wild card of a character that added a clever twist to the puzzle.

  • This book was wonderful from the first page and was one of those books that you don’t want to end. It reminded me so much of my favorite Jane Austen books and was written just as well. It drew me into the story and then kept me there.

  • I cannot highly recommend The Tutor’s Daughter enough. Even if you have never read one of Julie’s books before I really believe that you will become just as a much of a fan of her work as I am almost as soon as you crack the cover!

    She did such an amazing job keeping you guessing with this story line throughout almost the entire book. While reading I would find myself turning over the mystery in my mind trying to figure it the heck out.
    I had many theories which all proved to be wrong but was still an excellent conclusion.

  • Julie Klassen consistently produces flawless period dramas that are authentically penned with all of the distinct nuances of the Regency time period. With Gothic overtones evocative of Northanger Abbey and Jane Eyre, The Tutor’s Daughter is set on the enigmatic vista of the Cornwall coast. An illustrious harmony of historical, suspense and romance genres, this is Julie’s strongest and most captivating novel to date (not to diminish the excellence of her previous books!). Fraught with intrigue and romantic tension, The Tutor’s Daughter is a layered story that meanders along a twisted path at a leisurely yet engaging pace. A must read for Klassen, Austen, and Bronte fans alike!

  • Julie Klassen once again swept me off my feet and into another world with The Tutor’s Daughter. . .This is sure to be another favorite of those who enjoy Klassen’s novels. I highly recommend it!

  • This is beautiful story filled with romance, mystery and history. The writing is excellent as the plots twists and turns and I was kept in suspense the entire time. I would love to see this a movie someday!

  • Considering the cost to transport luggage, Emma realized that she and her father could reasonably take only one modest-sized trunk apiece. They would not be able to take all of their books. Not by far. She would need to select only her very favorites. With a heavy heart, Emma began the difficult process of sorting and choosing. –Ibid, 25

    A girl after my own heart!

    Your road led through the sea,
    Your pathway through the mighty waters;
    Your footprints were unseen and untraceable,
    You led Your people…
    –Psalm 77:19-20

    Developing friendships, Emma’s life is being restored. Mrs. Weston may think Emma is just the tutor’s daughter, but she is known differently. She is dynamic. She is alive. No station in life can hamper the heart!

    Makes me want to open antiquated prose ~ loved it!

  • Alas 3 Lads says:

    The sweeping Cornwall coast and the huge Weston estate are the perfect setting for this mysterious tale. It was the perfect blend of mystery and romance and kept me guessing throughout. Each of the characters was very well developed and the story had many twists and turns. If you like period pieces that have a “Jane Eyre” feel, then you will love “The Tutor’s Daughter” just as much as I did.

  • I have read all three of Julie’s books previous to this one and thoroughly enjoyed them so I was anticipating another good read and I was not disappointed. These are billed as romance novels, but have quite a bit more mystery than your typical romance. There are plenty of hints along the way, but always something that (at least I) can’t quite figure out.
    I also appreciate the depth of character development in Julie’s books. I begin to feel like I can understand why each character acts they way they do because she’s shown us their thoughts, feelings, and even past experiences (through letters and memories) that contribute to the way they act.

  • After reading this book I couldn’t “get into” anything else for days! The Tutor’s Daughter was just that good, it haunted me for days. I loved everything about it, there wasn’t a thing that I didn’t like about it! I don’t read much regency era novels, but when I read this one it skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list, and I will definitely be re-reading it!

  • The Tutor’s Daughter was a complete pleasure to read. From my previous experience with Klassen’s writing, I knew I’d probably enjoy The Tutor’s Daughter … but I had no idea how much I’d love it!

    As I read, I couldn’t help but feel that I was reading a Jane Austen novel. Or, more accurately, that I was watching a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, as Klassen has a way with words that put a very clear picture into my head as I read. The plot evokes Northanger Abbey, Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and even Jane Eyre while still remaining unique.

  • Klassen produces an unlikely hero and a surprising traitor, making The Tutor’s Daughter suspenseful but also very romantic.

  • This book was written beautifully. It is a wonderful historic suspenseful romance, but it was not really for me. There was a little too many secrets and a little bit of darkness to it all. The book was enjoyable to read as it is written so well. The characters are very well developed and easy to relate to. I would definitely check out other books written by Julie if they were a little more optimistic.
    I do recommend this book to everyone who loves Julie Klassen novels, of course. I also recommend it to anyone who likes period novels as this one is set in the 19th century. Lovers of suspensful romances would also really enjoy this book!

  • Another beautiful regency by Julie Klassen! I liked this book from the start, having a character who loves books immediately draws me into any story! There was so much intrigue and things that made you curious that I kept reading more to find out what happened. And I already said that I like the fact that Emma was a bookworm but there were also many other things I liked about her. I was amazed by how she was able to keep her cool and not be ruffled by things that would have made me mad. There is so much else I could say but it would give to much away so I’m just going to end by saying that I loved this book!

  • By The Book says:

    I especially enjoyed the historical elements of The Tutor’s Daughter – from the running of a great estate, to the class distinctions, to the history of ship wrecks off the Cornish coast. Traveling with Emma, brings the early 19th century to life for the reader. The characters also bring spice to the story. The mysterious goings on will satisfy those who like suspense and intrigue, and the romance will appeal to those who devour historical romance novels.

    The Tutor’s Daughter is another great read of 2013.

  • This book really swept me away to another place and time. Julie Klassen has become a new favorite author for me. I was concerned that the language and speaking style might be stilted to reflect the location and time period, but that was not the case. It was not difficult to read because the author made it seem very natural.

    If you enjoy historical fiction or the romantic suspense of the Brontes, you will enjoy The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen!

  • An exciting story perfect for Downton Abbey fans. A book With a little mystery and a little romance. Great Story and Great Characters

  • Wow! This book was amazing! Julie really does just keep getting better. This book is billed as Regency/Historical Romance, but it is so much more! There is suspense, adventure, mystery and love. The Tutor’s Daughter will definitely get a high recommendation from me, I loved every minute of it and hated that it ended. And speaking of endings, I LOVED the ending!! It was perfect!

  • I figured out pretty quickly what the what the Weston’s were hiding. However I was surprised with all the twists and turns and suspense in this story! Someone is taking things from Emma’s room and possibly entering her room while she is sleeping! I was not expecting this person to be the one who was doing all these things!

    I truly enjoyed this story from start to finish and look forward to reading future books by Mrs. Klassen!

  • Julie Klassen is my favorite modern author! She writes similarly to one of my favorite authors of all time, the amazing Jane Austen. Miss Klassen’s books are a bit different, though–they are filled with mystery, plot twists, real faith, and subjects you won’t find tackled in other books. For example, in another of Klassen’s books she deals with Post Partum Depression during the late 1800s. In this book, well, I will not give it away! I guarantee you will not be able to predict the end of this book until… well, the end. And that is something I’ve found infrequently in modern books. Goodness, I wish I could write like Julie Klassen!

  • This is one of those books that you don’t think you’ll be reading ii all in one sitting, but it surprises you, and you won’t be able to put it down! I was intending to read 6 or 7 chapters, and ended up finishing the book, around midnight! This is definitely a book that will keep you reading.The characters will grab you, make you love them, and make you want to see a happy ending the book! If you love Downtown Abbey, the TV series, you’ll love this book!

    The book is Christian in nature, however it is dealt with very appropriately, and you don’t realize you’re reading a “Christian historical novel” until more toward the end of the book, and again it is placed naturally to the characters’ situations, and it seems right to have it there. I highly recommend this book if you like romance, and it is also a nicely done historical novel. Definitely a high 5 on the 5 scale!

  • This story is full of all of the charm and intrigue a die hard Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte fan will love, mixed with a healthy dose of Julie Klassen’s own wit and clever storytelling that has made her a permanent fixture in my personal library. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction!

  • Overall I really enjoyed this book. The mysteries were what really held my interest. There were some surprises that even I didn’t see coming. Some of the subjects were kind of sensitive, and they were treated very carefully. I even learned some new things.

  • A story filled with family secrets, mysterious music during the night, anonymous notes under the door, as well as other strange events, “The Tutor’s Daughter” certainly kept me turning its pages. I didn’t want to put it down in order to take care of my everyday mundane chores. I am looking forward to Klassen’s next novel and any other she cares to write in the future. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, I would recommend that you give “The Tutor’s Daughter” a try. You will probably find yourself a fan like me.

  • I loved this visit to old England. The Tutor’s Daughter is a mystery with a bit of romance. The mystery goes to almost the end and was a surprise to me.
    Sit down and have a cup of tea, and enjoy this great story.

  • Author Julie Klassen taps into an almost Jane Austen-ish frame of writing in this dramatic story of a poor tutor’s daughter and the wealthy and handsome eldest son of the manor born. The characters are well portrayed for the time period, and the descriptions of the household, the society, and the area where the main story takes place is absolutely mesmerizing.

    Klassen shows her strong storytelling skills here as she leads the readers on a twisting, turning mystery that results in a surprising ending.

    I highly recommend this novel. I hope that Klassen has plans for future stories of the Weston men

  • I look forward to Julie Klassen’s historical novels. I discovered her books last year at the library and I’ve enjoyed each of them. And this one was no different.

  • The book progressed fairly quickly after a slow start and I found myself gasping and sighing and laughing out loud at all the drama of these two families! Klassen is a master at not just drawing readers in but making them feel as though they are part of the story. And that’s exactly how I felt throughout this beautiful book.

    This is definitely a book to be savored–not rushed! The Tutor’s Daughter is a must-read!

  • Julie Klassen’s The Tutor’s Daughter (Bethany House Publisher’s, 2013) is an absolute delight from beginning to end.

  • The Tutor’s Daughter is written with detail that shows life in 19th century England. The descriptions of the countryside around Ebbington Manor give the reader a sense of the wildness of the Cornish coast and lends well to the sense of Emma’s uneasiness. The book moves slowly in the beginning, but by the middle it is obvious that something is very wrong in Ebbington Manor, and it becomes a page-turner. I would recommend this book.

  • 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”.

  • Klassen’s love for all things regency romance shines through the pages of each of her books. If you love Jane Eyre and Jane Austen you are sure to enjoy Julie’s latest book, The Tutor’s Daughter.

    Full of mystery and romance, The Tutor’s Daughter is a pleasurable tale from start to finish. Emma struggles to find her place in the baronet’s home, where the baroness has made it clear that she is nothing more than an inconvenience. Feeling alone and out of place, she spends time wishing for the past when she and Philip would spend time together staring at the sky.

    Full of fun characters to flesh out the cast, each is unique and adds a special element to the story. The setting is vivid and interesting. You are sure to enjoy!

  • Page 36 “The North wing lies in that direction,” she said with a jerk of her chin. “You are not to venture there.” the housekeeper said.

    There was the hook!! My intrigue is piqued, clear the schedule.. why can’t she go in the north wing and why all of the secrecy??
    I sat and read the book straight through from that hook on. I may even need to reread it to catch all of the beautiful descriptions Julie gives of the castle, rooms, gardens and even the stormy sea near by because I quite honestly maybe read it too fast to get to the end!!

  • I expected “The Tutor’s Daughter” to be a good read I did not expect it to be such a good read. And the Gothic flavor is just perfect with the manor on top of a cliff and the mysterious goings on. The Smallwoods go to Weston Hall to be tutors for the younger Westons. While there all kind of unexplainable, at that moment in the story, events take place. Now Emma not only has to deal with these events but with the possibility of a romance with one of the two older Weston boys. In addition to its Gothic tones this is also a tale of 19th century England and all of its social standings. Ms. Klassen does a wonderful job of transporting back to that time with her vivid descriptions of clothing, language and wonderful characters. ”The Tutor’s Daughter” is a fine read and a wonderful romance

  • I was surprised to like this book! I was thinking “romance novel, ugh”, but it had enough of a Jane Eyre feel to it to intrigue me. In fact, it is obvious when reading this book that the author is an unabashed fan – this story also has a young, proper-but-strong, educated 19th century heroine, staying in a fine but sometimes spooky manor with a secret. It also has a gruff and difficult gentleman of the manor harboring his own secrets. Things go bump in the dark of night, and there is a hint of danger as well as social-class tension, all while a proper romance begins. And I do mean proper – this is no steamy sordid romance. The book is clean romance, with a Christian undertone, and the characters keep their proper English manners throughout. It was a fun read – I tore right through it.

  • I like the main heroine and hero and the way they are good humans, but only human. I totally understand the heroine leaving clothes behind so that she could have more room for books. I like the way the hero is dedicated to saving lives from shipwrecks – even to his own peril. I don’t have a favorite supporting character in this story; they are all a bit too sad or deceitful. I like the way the author incorporates details of everyday life in the 1800s with the story as well as some stories based very specifically on true stories. There is a bit of religious talk done very eloquently, but not very specifically. The other large issue addressed is well done and true to the era. I don’t want to say too much and give any spoiler away.

  • Reading The Tutor’s Daughter reminds me of reading a Jane Austen novel. There is a lot of intricate character development and conversation. The characters are each either very likeable or very prickly. I can’t wait to curl up with The Tutor’s Daughter and read into the night. Shhhh! Don’t tell my husband!

  • Julie Klassen is one of my very favorite authors. I’ve read every book and they have all been excellent.

    I really enjoyed reading about Cornwall and the Weston brothers. This book had the exact amount of mystery, romance, intrigue, drama and everything that makes a book a great read!

    You can see my full review here:


  • If you like books set in historical England, then let me be the first to recommend The Tutor’s Daughter.

    I love this setting for books because I love learning about different cultures, ways of life, and the castles that royals and the rich lived in back then! Not only did Julie Klassen mix in these great elements into this book but she also added a great romance, drama, conflict, and mystery!

    It was very well written just like all her books are and I waited breathlessly throughout the book to see what would happen with Emma each turn and decision she made in life and to see which Weston brother she would eventually fall in love with. I won’t ruin the ending, but let me just say YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED! 🙂

  • The Tutor’s Daughter is a hauntingly beautiful story full of mystery, romance and all the glory of an era long forgotten. Fans of Jane Austen are sure to love this novel by Julie Klassen.

    Emma Smallwood is a tutor’s daughter, long having spent her time in assisting with lessons. An avid reader with a thirst for travel, she doesn’t quite fit in with image of a desirable marriage partner. Women shouldn’t read, speak Latin or Greek, but that doesn’t stop Emma Smallwood.

  • With intrigue, excitement, adventure and all the drama of a historical romance there is something for everyone in the Tutor’s Daughter.

    I found myself tucked inside the pages of the book enjoying every sweet minute of Emma’s adventure. Stomping along, holding my breath and sitting in the background of every moment along her journey.

  • I have to say that a seaside Estate in Cornwall, romantic tension and an apparent ghost are just the perfect elements in this exciting novel. The signs of a great book are when it feels so real when you are reading it, you can picture the house, the stormy seas below the estate, even the school room where John and Emma teach the boys. There are such rich and vivid details to keep the reader engaged and even the tension that happened late at night is enough to keep you turning pages while attempting to figure out just what is really going on! Truly a winner in my opinion and worth every single one of the 5 out of 5 stars! For reading groups, there are some amazing questions at the conclusion of this novel!

  • The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen is a historical romance mystery novel. I was grateful that it was centered more around the mystery aspect, along with the heroine’s jumbled feelings over two men with whom she spent part of her younger years growing up.

  • Julie Klassen shines in The Tutor’s Daughter, giving her readers a great plot, intriguing characters, a ‘view’ on 19th Century English customs and as we have learned to expect, a multi faceted series of gothic mystery and romance!
    All is not as it seems! Hang on to your hats ladies, this is a great book to tuck in your beach/travel bag, this novel being perhaps her best, in my opinion of course!

    Leaving nothing to details, Julie brings a masterful storyline to life set in Cornwall thanks to her exquisite research and you will find this one yet again a page turner! I found myself reading ‘just one more page’ countless evenings to the amusement of my family!

    With a flair for accurate English phrases and an abundance of local historical facts, Julie describes Emma Smallwood, the Tutor’s daughter as ‘someone who guards her reactions and words as though she wears bit and bridlle and God himself holds the reins.’

  • I especially enjoyed the fastidiousness of young Emma and her delight in making detailed lists, from books she wanted to read, to observations of those she came in contact. Julie Klassen has written a delightful book, which I highly recommend.

  • Laura Hilton says:

    I loved the ending of this book. It is so sweet. If you like historical romances then you’ll love THE TUTOR’S DAUGHTER. It is written in the same style as other well-known historical/regency writers. I absolutely loved the cover too.

  • This book has it all–romance, history, mystery, intrigue, and so much more. I found myself so enraptured with the story that I did not want to put it down. It is a 400-something page book, but it never dragged. The characters were well-developed, and you couldn’t help but love Emma and Henry. I have to admit that I wasn’t even sure how the romance would play out, but the ending was exactly as it should have been. No sappy romance–just true love. Oh, and it almost goes without saying–no sex scenes nor profanity.

  • Each book Julie writes gets better and better! Her love of Austen and Bronte shine brightly and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved the family secrets, ghostly happenings in the middle of the night, the wondering who the culprit could be as well as the setting of Cornwall, the mystery and intrigue it added to the story. The rich cast of characters are easy to like and it was exciting to see many of them change and grow. The storyline with Adam is very touching.

  • I have read all of her books and while I have loved every one of them this one is by far my favorite. For a book that is over 400 pages long it sure didn’t seem like it – the pages just flew by!

    The Tutor’s Daughter is a must read for any fan of historical fiction and one that I highly recommend! I absolutely loved this book!


    The Tutor’s Daughter is a suspenseful romance set in England in the Regency era, written in the style of Jane Austen. With most of the story taking place in a gloomy manor on the cliffs of the Cornwall coast, the reader is swept into a saga where anything can happen and the motives and actions of all characters are suspect. The author has used the third-person narrative, giving the reader access only to Emma’s thoughts. Henry and Phillip are both conflicted, complex characters who seem to be polar opposites of one another, and this is repeated in the younger Weston brothers, Julian and Rowan, as well. Not until the end will the reader know all the secrets of Ebbington Manor.

    Recommended for adolescents and up; Christian -based suspense and romance.

    4.5 stars

  • Julie Klassen is back with another historical novel. This time it’s The Tutor’s Daughter. This book is reminiscent of The Secret Garden and I loved it! It took me back to when I was little and read TSG for the first time.

    Full of mystery, some romance, secrets, and heroism, this is one not to be missed. I spent way too much time this week devouring this 400+ page book. Definitely a winner from Julie Klassen, my favorite of her works so far.

  • All aspects of this story were perfection and The Tutor’s Daughter has earned it’s spot as my new favorite Julie Klassen read and quite possibly a favorite book of 2013!

  • In all honesty, it took me a few chapters to really get into this book. It is not because it is not well written, it just starts a little slow. Having said that, once the story line picked up, it was difficult to put it down. The characters are well written and I was able to identify with each of them, either personally, or, at the very least, I could see loved ones in the different characters. Along the lines of great writing, was the descriptions of the locations, allowing the reader to truly feel as though they were there. On the negative side, I did find several parts that were predictable. On the positive side, there are still many parts that were not. I recommend this book to those who enjoy love stories with a bit of suspense, to those who enjoy historical romance and those w

  • Romance and intrigue abound in The Tutor’s Daughter. I never would have expected so many mysterious, crooked, and dangerous events in a Regency romance, but this one will keep you guessing! The setting is perfect for a dark and dangerous story, while the heroine makes the best of her situation and goes about her business with bold bravery. While Emma definitely undergoes a transformation in the pages of this book, she will become your hero, as well!

    Klassen paints vivid pictures of life in the Regency era with her most recent work, much as she does in The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, but in The Tutor’s Daughter the location plays a part as big as the time period. It is not only clothing and social class that set the scene, but also the lonely cliffs, the destructive sea, and the large estate

  • Combine a daughter trying to help her father, with a cliff-top manor in Cornwall, secrets, and some very mysterious happenings and you have Julie Klassen’s latest book – “The Tutor’s Daughter.”

  • I loved the Cornwall setting and here and Emma is a terrific heroine. I despised Lizzie and Lady Weston, seriously despised. I enjoyed the exploration of mental disability in the early 19th century. Julie Klassen’s stories are always well written and well researched, her descriptions rich and her heroines strong.

  • Emma seems destined to become a spinster. She spends her time assisting her father in his boarding school. Then the school begins to fail.

    Emma’s letter writing campaign to gain new students takes her and her father to the manor of a baronet to tutor his two youngest sons.

    Life there becomes a little too interesting as danger enters the picture. Threats and suspicious acts soon turn into attempts on lives.

    Romance, mystery, ghostly acts and lots of suspense. You will even find piracy here. This book has it all.

  • The book also had some deep spiritual insights without coming across as preachy. I really liked this quote in particular….

    “What mattered in reality was a person’s character, what he did with the life and abilities God had given him, and his daily choice to act honorably despite the selfish tendencies and weaknesses shared by all humans.”

  • Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Tutor’s Daughter and couldn’t put it down. The history of the town was fascinating and it was great to see Emma grow into a young woman. I loved how at the end, she didn’t regret any of her decisions at the end. I also enjoyed reading about Adam – a Weston brother that was hidden away from society because he was different – even while I disliked how he was treated in the story due to the norms of the time and his disability.

  • Wow what a thrilling and entertaining read! I am a fan of Julie Klassen but this has solidified her as one of my favorite Christian authors. I am a fan of gothic novels like Jane Eyre and the other works of the Bronte sisters. Klassen has captured the essence of those novels in The Tutor’s Daughter.

  • Julie Klassen aims to please with this mysterious, romantic read full of quirky characters. This is a book that will keep you turning pages well into the night!

  • Julie Klassen is a wonderful writer that takes her readers on a gentle, love-inspiring journey.
    The Tutor’s Daughter is a delightful read, filled with tempestuous storms amidst wonderful Cornwall history and setting.

  • This cover is probably one of the most beautiful covers I have seen. I knew right away, without even opening the book, that it would involve a beautiful estate overlooking water. It set in my mind the picture I was to think of when the estate was mentioned. I immediately could see this beautiful, breathtaking place that was almost indescribable in words.

    I liked how the twists came even in the first chapter. When Emma’s father would go missing for long periods of times, she thought it was to visit her mother’s plot in the cemetery. I’ll admit that I thought that, too. However, that was really the reason why he was away from the house so much. Once I understood the reason, I saw that they both needed to go away.

  • The author wrote a story that caused me to have goosebumps more oft than not while reading this book. It has intrigue, deceit and vindictiveness. Some of the characters were just plain mean and conniving. This book had it all, even romance.

    The history brought up in this book about ship wrecks and the scavengers that would steal the treasures thereof was very interesting. Then there is the description of the cliff overlooking the sea and a chapel tower sounds like a place I would love to have visited and to feel the spray of sea on my face.

  • Bookfoolery says:

    The Tutor’s Daughter is delightful, adventurous, romantic, sometimes creepy, often sweet and refreshingly clean. A tale with highly-developed characterization, believable dialogue, a rocking fine setting that is well-described, and an extraordinarily satisfying conclusion, The Tutor’s’ Daughter is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in 2013. It’s the first book I’ve read by Julie Klassen but it will definitely not be the last.

  • Julie Klassen has crafted yet another captivating novel. I own every one of her books and will remain an enthusiastic fan. The Tutor’s Daughter moves quietly but is fascinating and lives up to the Klassen standard. I found myself seeing elements of both Pride and Prejudice as well as Jane Eyre.
    Julie uses her trademark excellent research to bring the setting and characters to life. She weaves in a considerable amount of psychology, which is reflected in the personalities and tendencies of the main characters. I appreciate her research on autism and how it was viewed in the seventeenth century.
    My only critique is that I wish she had brought out more attraction between the two main characters earlier in the novel. However, the ending was phenomenal. I highly recommend this novel.

  • I loved how Julie took me away across the pond to life in Cornwall. This novel gives you those delicious social class problems that only regency can give you and gothic settings reminiscent of Du Maurier.

    The characters are well-developed and, in general, very like-able. The story was well-paced, without too many sub-plts and just enough surprise twists, including who really holds the key to Emma’s heart.

    This is a great read for any age, mid-teen and older, especially if you like Jane Austen-like writing. You can’t go wrong buying a Julie Klassen book. Don’t hesitate one moment to buy this book. If you’ve never read any of her books, and read this one, you will soon be buying the rest of her books!

  • Initially when she is still in her own residence and when she is with her Aunt Jane who lives and acts so independently, I admired Emma’s spirited independence in this era when women had no real voice. Later while in the Weston manor, Emma’s reactions surprise me. She doesn’t seem to have the same gumption anymore. Insults and threatening circumstances don’t bring her to speak up for herself, as they should.

  • I was drawn in right from the beginning and went on an adventure, sometimes on the edge of my seat, with Emma and the Weston brothers. Rich with character, story lines that were unexpected and a sweet story of love and redemption…what more could you ask for in a Christian Fiction book. I am absolutely going to be checking out the other books Julie Klassen has written.

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