Monday, January 4, 2010

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Silent Governess

Bethany House; Original edition (January 1, 2010)


Julie Klassen

Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his.

But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything--his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.

He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.

Moving, mysterious, and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in an English manor house where all is not as it appears.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of The Silent Governess, go HERE. You can also sign up as a Follower when you get to that page, and get announcements of the first chapters for all the great books we tour!

Julie says: My background is in advertising and marketing, but I am blessed with a dream job—working as an editor of Christian fiction. I have been writing since childhood, but Lady of Milkweed Manor was my first novel. It was a finalist for a Christy Award and won second place in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards. My second novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year awards. I am currently writing one novel a year.

I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends.

My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.

I really enjoyed this book.  Set in England, and with a bit of a Jane Eyre feel, this book was both well written and enjoyable to read. It had a great deal of depth to it - so it wasn't the type of book I could read in a day or two (or would even want to). I loved the main characters of Olivia and Edward, and all the many supporting characters in the story.  Of course, throughout the book, I was cheering for love to win out; but also found myself wondering about some of the mysterious aspects of the storyline and how everything would tie together in the end.

This was the first of Julie Klassen's books that I have read, but it certainly will not be the last! I received the ARC of this book and wish it had been the final version, as I would very much love to pass this one along to friends and my church's library.  I love the cover illustration - it's just enough to make you interested in what's within!  I'd definitely recommend The Silent Governess.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

I loved this book too.. I loved it so much I couldn't put it down and had it read in 3 days which is pretty unusual with the fact it had over 400 pages :) I didn't get an ARC so not sure why some did and some didn't.. I look forward to reading more of this author.. :)

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