Saturday, January 12, 2013

Book Review: The Tutor's Daughter

The Tutor's Daughter is a story set in the 1800's. Emma grew up in an all boys academy, where her father taught and her family made their home. As a the tutor's daughter, Emma was constantly exposed to books, foreign languages, and everything that enhanced her education. A that time woman who were very well learned were looked with suspicion and called "Bluestockings." She received much attention, almost all bad, from the boys at her fathers school. She was the brunt of many evil pranks, of which Henry Weston was the ring leader. The only thing that seemed to ease the loneliness and hardships was Philip's (Henry Weston's little brother) friendship. 

Five years later finds Emma once again in the company of the two Weston brothers. She suddenly begins to receive anonymous threats in the middle of the night. She doesn't want to blame anyone, but she fears for her safety.

Written with such vivid historical descriptions served to give  a very mysterious, romantic, and positively fun historical lesson. In a time where your name and appearances meant everything, Julie chose a plot that differed from the tight confines of high society. She touched upon the subject of lunatics, bad family blood, and un matched marriages. The geographical change, the Cornwall coast known for its shipwrecks, was so beautifully portrayed. The waves beating on the cliffs, the lovely chapel in the sea, were all things that helped to give the story a nautical paradise feel. I appreciated the rich history, the heart racing suspense, and the faith- filled lessons. 

The thing I did not enjoy about this story was the mention of ghosts. I believe the author was just trying to add to the suspense with that somewhat fictitious character, but could have done without. If you are prone to nightmares, I advise you not to read the book at night as most of the scary mysterious parts takes place then:) I suffered no harm, and throughly enjoyed the scary intruding parts. 

I received this book for free, from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for this independent and un-biased opinion. 

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