“The Tutor’s Daughter” Book Review

Nov 10, 2014 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing  one of Julie Klassen’s books, The Tutor’s Daughter. This was the first of Julie’s books that I have read and I was instantly hooked on her writing!


As is my custom, if I could ask Julie one question about The Tutor’s Daughter, it would be — “How did you decide which brother to be the ‘trouble-maker’ and bring Emma into the middle of it?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, on to Rachel’s Back Talk!




From the Back Cover:

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?

The baronet’s older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems–and secrets–of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father’s academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.

When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor’s daughter figure out which brother to blame… and which brother to trust with her heart?


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


I was held captive by The Tutor’s Daughter. After buying it earlier today, I couldn’t put it down because I had to see what happened to Emma, Henry, Philip, Lizzie, and the rest of the characters.

The main character Emma and her story reminded me a lot of one of Jane Austen’s books. A regency era daughter traveling with her father, who is a tutor. The two work at work at teaching two troublesome boys and as a result, find themselves in the midst of family drama that threatens to spill over at any point. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, especially when it seems like something terrible is going to happen to Emma.

The end of the book left me applauding and I don’t want to spoil it for you! All I’ll say is that it left me with chills. I suppose one could call it the tipping of the ice-burg. All seems lost, but true love will triumph in the end!

I’d also like to mention how I loved the spiritual aspect into the story. Julie found an effective way to weave in Christian aspects into the book without making it come across as too pushy or Christian.

Absolutely loved it!


Other Books of Julie that I will read next:

The Silent Governess

The Girl in the Gatehouse

The Apothecary’s Daughter

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