“The Tutor’s Daughter” by Julie Klassen | Downton Abbey Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway and Facebook Author Chat Party January 31st!

Welcome to the campaign launch for Julie Klassen’s latest book, The Tutor’s Daughter. Julie’s book is already receiving critical praise. Publishers Weekly says, “[a] lovely addition to the genre…Regency/Klassen fans will love the mystery, romance, and drama.”

Julie is celebrating by giving away one of the new Paperwhite Kindles, Downton Abbey (season 3) and hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook (January 31st).

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One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3
  • A Julie Klassen library (The Tutor’s Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 30th. Winner will be announced at “The Tutor’s Daughter Author Chat Party on January 31st. Connect with Julie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books, and season 3 of Downton Abbey!

So grab your copy of The Tutor’s Daughter and join Julie on the evening of the January 31st for a chance to connect with Julie and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

Secrets That Could Cost the Livelihood of the Weston Family

Tutor'sDaughter_mck.inddEmma 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.

About JulieA little about me…

I worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now write full-time. Three of my books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA awards.

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.

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My Review:

Emma Smallwood has spent her later years (she’s only twenty-one, but taunted as an old maid) helping her widowed father run his boys’ boarding school academy.  With enrollment down, her father agrees to tutor Julian and Rowen Weston at Sir Giles Cornwall Ebbington Manor, Ebford, Cornwall, a cliff-side manor, for a year.  It would give him time to get away and grieve his wife’s passing.  He had already tutored the older brothers, Phillip and Henry.  It was during that time that Emma felt a connection with Phillip romantically, while Henry played merciless tricks on her.

Upon reaching the manor, Henry was already home working the manor in his father’s stead, and Phillip took a break from college and came home.  Shenanigans and mysterious episodes began to be played on Emma once they were settled in.  Who was behind it this time?  Were they trying to scare her away?  Which brother could she trust?  When her life is endangered, Henry makes it his job to expose the culprits.

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.

But there is a secret that is being withheld from Emma and her father, one that threatens their tutoring livelihood at the Manor as Emma seeks to find the answer.  Danger lurks when Henry tries to avoid further shipwrecks and the lives of men offshore during dangerous storms near the rocky coast.   Romance is silently sizzling, but is Emma the real source of Phillip’s attention as she earnestly wants to believe?

Emma’s faith is tested subsequent to the death of her mother and the dangers that lurk at Ebbington Manor.  Will her faith sustain her?  Who will help her to stand?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book for the suspense, but I totally enjoyed learning the historical and social aspects of the times as well.

This book was provided by Amy Lathrop and Christen Krumm of the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.

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