The Tutor’s Daughter by Klassen

The Tutor’s Daughter follows the tale of Emma Smallwood, a woman believed to be destined a spinster because of her love of reading and knowledge. Emma’s perfectly controlled world is turned upside down when she and her father move to Cornwall to serve as private tutors to the two younger sons of Sir Giles Weston.

The Tutor’s Daughter
by Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers
January 2013

Things turn menacing quickly as “pranks” begin to be played on Emma – love letters slid under her bedroom door, her journal stolen, mysterious handprints on her mirror, and music from the pianoforte in the middle of the night. The situation becomes more complicated as the two older Weston brothers know Emma from their days of studying at her father’s Academy and one discovers that he feels more than friendship for Emma. As time progresses and the pranks become more dangerous and cruel, Emma must attempt to not only sort out the mystery of the threats against her but the feelings of her own heart.

I have to admit that this was a bit of a slow start for me. However, I must also say that once it caught my attention I fell completely in LOVE with this book. I could not put it down and finished it in two days. The suspense and danger Miss Smallwood faced kept me guessing and I just had to keep reading to find out if my predictions were correct. I also really enjoyed the love story. I won’t give it away but one of the Weston brothers most definitely reminds me of a certain Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. In saying this, you can imagine my surprise when Julie Klassen also mentions Jane Austen in her author’s note. If you enjoy a wonderful love story entwined with suspense, I recommend this book 100%!


Suzanne Kniceley is a stay at home Mom and seamstress. One of her greatest desires is that by viewing her love of reading and knowledge, her children will also be captivated by the written word.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.