A lovely romance with a lot of bite. You have a dire situation; a marriage of convenience; two brothers, one an honorable soldier the other an irresponsible artist; a war; and secrets galore. In the center is a young woman who must face stinging realities and her own undecided heart. I've read several of Klassen's novels and this one seems to have more bible talk than usual, lots of praying about something or other, lots of conversations with God, all of it tiresome. But the romance was stellar. 4 stars.
I was so excited to read this book, since it was the first one I've read by Klassen. I've heard and read good things about her, so I had a bit of trepidation leading into this, but I was not disappointed!
In The Painter's Daughter, a young woman finds herself in a terrible situation in 19th century England - with only the stern and militaristic brother of her artist lover in a position to help her. Feeling torn, Sophie DuPont must decide which brother she will entrust her future to. Meanwhile, the Napoleonic wars rage on, possibly taking away her choice entirely.
Although the storyline is somewhat predictable, Klassen takes us on an unexpected path to reach our characters' happily ever after. With depth and sensitivity, Klassen probes difficult situations and choices. Even the 'bad guys' in this story have layers of personality. I also enjoyed the progression of all the characters' faith journeys, their character development, the just-detailed-enough scenes depicting historical events, and the climactic yet satisfying ending. I look forward to reading another book by Klassen!
Good read! Kept me interested all the way through.
I was not motivated to push through the fluff of this book because of its the author's mediocre writing ability. I did give it 3 stars, however, because I read only a few books of this genre, so maybe the better ones are the "exception to the rule."
This book was a refreshing considering my last Julie Klassen experience ("lady Maybe" released under a "different publisher"...go figure) I was glad that Klassen got back to " the "style" that her many fans were accustomed to. it was classically Klassen, engaging the reader in a touching romance and as usual, a house full of secrets. Besides the *Hollywood* ending..like really, the love triangle's epic conclusion at the edge of a cliff?? (rolls eyes) it was still a decent book. It was enjoyable but I was strangely relived it was over.
Not as good as The Tutor's Daughter but definitely one of her better books. It is a nice clean historical romantic story. There is secrets and deceptions and not everything works out the way Sophie might want. But it has a great ending. Worth reading.
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