Book Review: The Painter’s Daughter, by Julie Klassen

the painters daughter

From the Back Cover

Praise for Julie Klassen

“Regency romance with secrets, hidden rooms, and of course, romance. . . . Julie Klassen has hit this one out of the ballpark.”–RT Book Reviews

“Jane Austen meets Victoria Holt in Christy Award-winning Klassen’s latest deliciously spooky and sweetly romantic historical.”Booklist

“Klassen has combined all kinds of reader-favorite elements in this mystery romance. . . . A gem for Regency and inspirational readers alike.”–Bookpage

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?


About the Author

Bestselling, award-winning author 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. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more at
My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. Julie Klassen is a wonderful author and she truly makes it known with The Painter’s Daughter.
This is one of those books that you don’t want to put it down but at the same time you don’t want to read it too quickly because you don’t want it to end.
The characters are believable and Ms. Klassen is a master storyteller. The secondary characters are just as richly described as the main characters. I dislike a book that has so many sub-characters that you cannot keep them all straight, but I didn’t feel that way at all with this book.
Ms. Klassen is indeed a painter herself as she paints the scenes with words.
I always enjoy a well written historical romance and this fits the bill. I give it a five out of five stars. If you read and enjoy this book be sure to read some of Julie Klassen’s other books. You won’t be disappointed.
The publisher, Bethany House, provided me with this book in return for an honest review.

About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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