The Painter’s Daughter
Author: Julie Klassen
Paperback: 464 Pages
Publisher: Bethany House (December 1, 2015)
Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists–including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape. Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley’s responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host’s daughter in serious trouble. Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother’s, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage “in name only” to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow. Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn’t come to regret it?
Meet the Author:
Bestselling, award-winning 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 and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Julie Klassen isn’t an author that I find very often on my book shelf but, when she does find a place on my bookshelf, I love those books. The Painter’s Daughter is definitely a book you’ll want to find on your bookshelf. This is a book that you won’t be able to put down with all of the twist, turns and tension that accompanies the plot. The Drama is great in this novel but, the characters are fantastic. Julie Klassen gives plenty of detail as this is a historical novel. You’ll enjoy walking through the Overtree Home, meeting characters all over the house, even in the attic. You’ll even enjoy hiding in the old servant’s wing! Fans of Julie Klassen and even if you love a good historical novel will find yourselves falling in love with this novel. Plus there is a big old mansion with all those secret passages to explore.
I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.