Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Tutor's Daughter Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen!

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.
Emma 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 mementoes?
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? 
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Meet Julie:  
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 has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance forThe Silent Governess (2010) andThe Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. 
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Emma Smallwood has enjoyed her life as the tutor's daughter. Her father has run a small boarding school for young men. This allowed Emma to get quite an education herself, and she has a love of books to match. This also forced Emma to meet many young men, and most of them drove her crazy. One young man, Phillip Weston, holds a special place in her heart though for his kindness. After her mother's death, Emma's father has become less and less interested in teaching though, and soon his students have dwindled down in number. Desperate to help her father, Emma writes to Phillip Weston's father, knowing he has two more sons of an age to be educated. The Westons offer the Smallwoods and interesting proposal though. They ask Mr. Smallwood to come teach at their home. The Smallwoods take this offer, but they soon find themselves involved in much more than they were ready for. Add to that the fact that someone has decided to pull mean-spirited pranks on Emma, and things go from bad to worse. 

This was a book that slowly grew on me until I became completely absorbed in the story. It reminds me of some of the classics that we all know and love. Emma is a heroine a lot of people who read a lot can probably relate to. She loves books and learning and longs to travel the world. She spent time with both older Weston brothers while they were at her father's school. Phillip was all sunshine and rainbows and Henry spent most of his time playing pranks on Emma. I'm sure you can probably guess where that storyline is going. However, that is not the most interesting part of this book. You see, the Westons have some secrets. Some big secrets. They are trying really hard to keep things under wraps, but as you can imagine things won't stay that way for long. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The mysteries were what really held my interest. There were some surprises that even I didn't see coming. Some of the subjects were kind of sensitive, and they were treated very carefully. I even learned some new things. This is a book that will absorb you in until you can't stop reading. It's a great escape and a really interesting book. If you love history, romance, or the classics, this book will hold some interest for you.

Book provided for review.

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)


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 great giveaways - 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!

Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour. Thanks for reading!

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