The Painter’s Daughter

By Julie Klassen

Would you accept a marriage proposal if it meant hiding your secret?

Sophie Dupont is faced with this exact dilemma. The man she loved left without a word, leaving her in a delicate situation and now his rough and gruff brother has come to save the day by proposing. Does she accept?

Captain Stephen Overtree has to go back to war and his father needs someone to help with the affairs at Overtree Hall, so Stephen journeys to Lynmouth, England to bring his painter brother, Wesley, back. However, what he finds shocks him in to making a rash decision. One that will change his life forever.

It’s 1815—a time when appearances are everything, so Sophie and Stephen elope and head to Overtree Hall together. However, life doesn’t quite turn out as nice as they hoped, and when Wesley returns, it complicates everything.painters daughter

Will Sophie forgive herself for her transgressions and be able to fall in love with her husband? Or will this love triangle ruin everything?

The Painter’s Daughter is a delightful tale with conflict around every bend. I loved this novel! Ms. Klassen is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. The book is full of descriptive settings, putting you right in the 1815 villages and the secret rooms and passageways of Overtree Hall. I could feel the draft as it blew out the candle and the cobwebs snaking across my neck. Shivers!

The tension Ms. Klassen carries throughout her novel is second-to-none. She does it perfectly. Just when you think things are going well—wham! The next twist hits. It keeps you turning the pages. It didn’t take me long to read this book and it’s 452 pages long!

The characters are well rounded with each having their flaws. You can’t help come along side them to cheer them on, but you’ll have your faves!

The novel held my attention, and the theme of trust and keeping oaths—no matter what comes along in life—shines through nicely.

I give The Painter’s Daughter FIVE paintbrushes. It’s one masterpiece you will want to feast your eyes on!

**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

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