Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Painter's Daughter: A Book Review

About The Book:

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?


You can read an excerpt of The Painter's Daughter, here, in PDF format

About The 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. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit

My Review:

Julie Klassen has been a favorite author of mine for quite some time and I always enjoy reading her books! Her most recent book was a wonderful read and once again Klassen does not shy away from the tough issues like unwed pregnancy and reminds us that even though we are tempted to sin, Christ is there anytime we ask Him to help us through the temptation. The characters were fun, and I loved how the author developed them in such a way that they, and their stories, were interwoven in an awesome way. There was very clear attention to historical detail and I loved that she gave nods to classic authors like Bronte and Austen (two of my fave classic writers).With a few twists and turns, and a good measure of romance thrown in, there is something for everyone in The Painter's Daughter. 

The book was very well-written, had a nice flow and I love Klassen's writing style alot. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Painter's Daughter at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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