Monday, 11 November 2013

Review - The Tutor's Daughter

The Tutor's Daughter
By Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: January 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-0764210693
Pages: 416


November may be the start of the holiday season for people, but this month is book review catch up for me, as I have a pile of books sitting on my desk that have been read, but are in dire need of reviews. I read The Tutor's Daughter back in December, but I got sidetracked; therefore I had to reread the book this month to refresh my memory.

In the style of Jane Eyre, The Tutor's Daughter find Emma Smallwood helping her father run a boarding school for boys called The Smallwood Academy ever since her mother passed away two years earlier, but the academy is collapsing because of the lack of students. To make matters worse, her father suffers from melancholic.

A few years prior to the Academy's fallout, two of the Weston's sons attended the school. Emma writes to the Weston family asking them if they are in need of a tutor for their children. The Weston reply back and before long Emma and her father head to the cliff-top manor in Cornwall to tutor the two youngest Weston children.

Her father is more than excited at the new opportunity, but Emma is not looking forward to the reunion with Henry Weston, as the child use to play pranks on her. 

As soon as they settle into their bedrooms, Emma begins hearing strange sounds of a piano and someone begins playing tricks on her. Is Henry still playing pranks on her?  Or is there a ghost haunting the manor?

Mystery and romance is what is in store in the Gothic novel The Tutor's Daughter, which somewhat reminded me of the first year of Dark Shadows in a weird way. I have heard of the author's novel, The Silent Governess, but I have never read it before, as well as any of her other novels besides this one. Overall, The Tutor's Daughter is a well-written novel by an excellent writer.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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