Thursday 24 December 2015

Book Review: The Painter's Daughter

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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?

My Reflections:

Julie Klassen's newest novel had me intrigued right from the the start, the bio on the back paints a vivid picture of a multi layered, dynamic story line, and that was just the back of the book! I was so very glad to have reviewed this it. It was every bit as intoxicating as I expected. I was not able to escape the pages, and was held within the confines of this book until I was finished, it was 4 am in the morning!

Sophie Dupont has fallen for a man of ill character. He may seem charismatic, handsome and say all the right things, but when he leaves for Italy and Sophie finds herself with child, she knows he may not have been all that he seemed. Unmarried and heartbroken Sophie must do whatever it takes to save herself and her child from the shadow of shame.

Captain Stephen Overtree finds himself drawn into the web his brother has weaved, perhaps on some level he can atone for some of his past mistakes? When he learns of Sophie's predicament he offers to marry her and give her unborn child his family name. Stephen is a gentle kind man who has a heart. I found myself liking his character more and more as I read this novel. He is perfect for Sophie, she just has to realize that for herself!

This book has a ton of little side stories that keep the pages flying and you reading, hence why I was up so late. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great holiday read! Undeniably one of my favorite Julie Klassen novels.

I received this book free of charge in return for my review from Graf-Martin Communications. Thank you Graf Martin!


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    Julie Klassen

    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,...
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