By 1817 Emma Smallwood’s widowed father’s boarding school in Longstaple, Devonshire had failed. Unexpectedly, a teaching offer arrives from Sir Giles, the baronet of Ebbington Manor in Ebford, Cornwall. His two oldest sons, Henry and Phillip were former students of Mr. Smallwood. He asks Mr. Smallwood to come to Ebbington Manor to teach his two younger twin sons. With no other prospects in sight, Mr. Smallwood accepts the position and he and Emma travel to Cornwall. So opens Julie Klassen’s historical romance novel, The Tutor’s Daughter.
From the time the Smallwoods arrive at Ebbington Manor things do not go well. The baronet’s second wife, Lady Weston, is not welcoming and considers the Smallwoods beneath her. Lizzie, the supposed ward of the family, initially convinces Emma that she would welcome her friendship. Emma eventually learns that Lizzie is dangerous. Emma had been fond of Phillip when he was a student at her father’s school, but this was not the case with his brother Henry. She remembered his pranks and teasing. Henry seems different now and appears to be preoccupied with issues of his own. Strange things begin to happen. Emma’s journal goes missing. Who left a bloody handprint on Emma’s mirror? Her life is threatened and there is no shortage of suspects. Somehow, through it all, Emma discovers love is possible for her.
This a page turning suspense novel with a carefully constructed plot . At every turn, the reader is met with surprises. The author has written an intensely vibrant story with three dimensional characters. The Tutor’s Daughter is faith-based fiction and an excellent choice for fans of romance and mystery.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will,