The Tutor's Daughter A Book Review

Emma finds herself living in a grand Cornwall manor---and confronting an eerie mystery.

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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? 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.

My Thoughts:

I love Julie Klassen's writing. She has a way with bringing the book to life for her readers. The Tutor's Daughter is no different. You can just about smell the fresh sea air and feel the wind blowing throughout the story. The little bit of mystery that comes into play is quite chilling when you are trying to pin the mystery on the guilty party.

Emma is an unmarried young lady. Her father runs a small boarding school that is on its way to failure. Without her father's knowledge, Emma begins corresponding with a father of two former students. In the correspondence Mr. Smallwood and Emma are invited to come and tutor the two younger Weston boys. Little do they know, these boys are monsters hidden behind politeness. 

Almost immediately after getting settled in at Ebbington Manor, mysterious things begin to happen. Emma hears someone playing the pianoforte at night and when she goes to see who it is, there is no one there. Threatening notes are found under her door, the smell of a perfume fills in her room and things begin to go missing. When Emma asks about the things, the ghost of the late Mrs. Weston is brought up. After being told to stay out of the north wing of the manor, Emma begins hearing someone scream at night. 

Emma and the eldest Weston sons knew each other from their years of being schooled by Emma's father. One of them shares an undeniable attraction with Emma. Sadly, Emma is aware that Mrs. Weston would never allow either son to marry below his social class. 

I received a free copy from Bethany House and NetGalley in return for my honest opinion.

You can buy your own copy from Christian Book Distributor.

210693: The Tutor"s Daughter The Tutor's Daughter

By Julie Klassen / Bethany House

When her widowed father agrees to tutor a baronet's four sons, Emma finds herself living in a grand Cornwall manor---and confronting an eerie mystery. Who's sneaking into her room at night? Who tears a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration? Can she identify the culprit before it's too late? 416 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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