Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

Hi Fair Readers,

This is a delightful book that you will not wish to miss. With out the plot being the same, this book still has the same wonderful feel that I got the first time I watched a good black and white movie of "Jane Eyre".

While running for her life Olivia Keene accidentally overhears something quite important. This predicament lands her a position at Brightwell Court for at least three months. Those three months can give Olivia much needed time to sort out what has happened to her. But what is Olivia going to do when her voice comes back, and how does her Mother have some connection to Brightwell Court that she has no knowledge about? Many strange and mysterious things are happening and no one quite trusts anyone else. When Olivia winds up as Governess to two children things really get complicated for her!

This very well written book has sayings from books from this era about how servants were to behave, and the rules that Governesses were to follow in order for things to be "proper". These quotes added a great deal to the book in my opinion. Suffice it to say that in this time period Governesses were expected to be like children, seen and not heard. I am not going to tell you what happens, because I never give away endings, but I will tell you that this was a really well written, interesting, charming read. Besides that, how could I possibly resist when the main character's name only has one extra letter than mine!

Carol :) (Yep... Carol E. Keen!!!)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Silent Governess

Bethany House; Original edition (January 1, 2010)


Julie Klassen


Julie says: My background is in advertising and marketing, but I am blessed with a dream job—working as an editor of Christian fiction. I have been writing since childhood, but Lady of Milkweed Manor was my first novel. It was a finalist for a Christy Award and won second place in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards. My second novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year awards. I am currently writing one novel a year.

I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends.

My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.


Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his.

But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything--his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.

He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.

Moving, mysterious, and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in an English manor house where all is not as it appears.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of The Silent Governess, go HERE. You can also sign up as a Follower when you get to that page, and get announcements of the first chapters for all the great books we tour!

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1 comment:

Shirley Ann said...

This looks like exactly the type of book I would pick up and read cover to cover without stopping, (and I could use a great book right now!)
I actually saw this a few weeks ago in a Christian book store and I considered getting it- I think I will go pick it up and pour through it soon.

Thanks for the post,