Day 19: The Tutor’s Daughter

Each day leading up to the April 13 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2013 Genre Fiction Finalist:

The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
Published by Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group
Category Sponsor: Marvin Windows & DoorsThe Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

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 mementos?

When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?

Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor’s Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.

Excerpt from The Tutor’s Daughter:

Something is amiss, Emma thought, immediately upon entering her tidy bedchamber. What is it …?

She scanned the neatly made bed, orderly side table, and dressing chest…There. She stepped forward, heart squeezing.

In the special teacup she kept as decoration nestled a clutch of tiny pink roses. The flowers had likely been picked from her aunt’s garden next door, but they had been picked for her, and they had been picked by him, and that was all that mattered.

Continue reading the first chapter here (PDF).

Julie Klassen

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 has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul.


“This novel’s beyond a read, it’s an experience. As a retired teacher I found this historical tutor tale a wealth of educational interest. There’s a secret or more at Ebbington Manor—things appear—others disappear. Such a mystery, with conflicting suspects that Cornwall’s best constable would be hard pressed to solve. Action turns sinister when times become desperate. Then as waves smash against Cornwall’s rocky shore The Tutor’s Daughter becomes a thriller.” — Alan Daugherty, columnist, “Angelkeep Journals”

“This well-written, well-researched book combines romance, mystery and historical fiction seamlessly.” — MN Book Awards judge

Book Trailer:

Award winners will be announced at the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Hilton Minneapolis. An author meet-and-greet and book signing reception precedes the awards ceremony, and the Epilogue after-party includes complimentary champagne, desserts, and live music by Reina del Cid and the Cidizens. Tickets on sale now. Click here for more information.

Have you read The Tutor’s Daughter? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

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