Reading The Tutor's Daughter reminds me of reading a Jane Austen novel. There is a lot of intricate character development and conversation. The characters are each either very likeable or very prickly. No one was very welcoming to the Smallwoods when they came to live and work at the manor. In fact, though it was all arranged ahead of time, the Westons were surpised when the Smallwoods showed up. That made me feel uncomfortable. The story moved very slowly for me in the beginning making it hard to "get into" the book. As I continued reading, I eased into the story. Just when I felt like nothing was going to happen, Phillip came home just to see Emma and her father. When I got a little over a hundred pages into the book, things started moving, and I was hooked. There are just so many secrets, so many unnerving things found in Emma's room, and Emma is trying to put it all together. It's all very mysterious with a touch of unspoken romance. The book reminds me a bit of the gothic romances I read many years ago before the Lord got ahold of me. It's all perfectly clean, though. Truthfully, I've not yet finished the book. My deadline crept up on me a bit too quietly and stealthily. ~smile~ I can tell you this, though. I can't wait to curl up with The Tutor's Daughter and read into the night. Shhhh! Don't tell my husband! Just have to tell you, I'm getting close to the end and it's so good!
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About The Tutor's Daughter:
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…
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