The Tutor

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Julie Klassen is one of those authors I knew I would love even before reading her. I was agreeably surprised to discover that her style is a pleasant mix of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. This novel combines to excellence well-drawn and fascinating characters, mysterious settings, family secrets and gothic atmosphere. I was swept away in the story within the first few pages and had a really hard time putting it down, because I simply had to know what would happen next.

Emma Smallwood and her father arrive in Cornwall where Mr. Smallwood has accepted a position as tutor to the two youngest sons of the Weston family of Ebbington Manor. Strangely, although Sir Giles Weston has invited them, there is no one to welcome them upon their arrival, and they are made to feel unwelcome at Ebbington by Lady Weston's chilly reception. Already, the reader is aware of a tensed atmosphere of mystery and intrigue, and that atmosphere only gets better and heavier as the story goes on.



Soon, Emma is aware that someone is entering her room at night; she finds a toy soldier on the ground, receives strange love notes and her diary goes missing! Who could be entering her room and why And why does it seem as though everyone had a secret at Ebbington Manor

Sir Giles seemed to have forgotten that he'd invited the Smallwoods to his estate and Lady Weston is obviously displeased to have them there. Emma also meets Lizzie Henshaw, Lady Weston's ward, and though the girl seems friendly enough, she is clearly hiding something. Then, there are the four Weston brothers; Julian and Rowan, who will be tutored by Mr. Smallwood, and Phillip and Henry, whom Emma already knows, having met them while they attended her father's academy in Longstaple. Phillip had been a kind friend to her in the old days, always attentive and smiling, while Henry had teased her mercilessly and had shown himself arrogant and overbearing. She hesitates in blaming him for the pranks however, as she can see that he is a boy no longer and surely has enough maturity by now to forgo such silly teasing. She remains on her guard, but will soon learn that there is more to him that meets the eye...

Emma was a truly wonderful heroine, and I could relate to her in many ways; her love of books and order, having a designated spot for everything, writing in a journal, having a special teacup, making lists of all kind, calm and tranquil demeanour and secret romantic aspirations. Emma is clever, courageous and noble, and she was the perfect heroine for such a complicated tale of dark secrets, love tangles, forbidden north wing, strange whisperings, romantic tension and dangerous Church tower.



The hero of this novel was a true swoony knight in shining armour and I loved him from the beginning. Also clever, courageous and noble, he was the perfect match for Emma, and also the perfect man to set everything to rights at Ebbington manor. There were many touching and heart-warming moments throughout the story, which offered a nice contrast to the otherwise tensed and dark atmosphere.

Filled with suspense, romance, adventure and danger, The Tutor's Daughter was an amazing read, perfect for reading on a dark rainy afternoon, wrapped in a warm blanket and drinking tea from a special teacup. Strongly recommend to anyone who is looking for an engaging tale of romantic suspense in a light Gothic Regency atmosphere.


When Scott and Linda Gardner hire Julian Sawyer to tutor their troubled teenage son Brandon, he seems like the answer to a prayer. Capable and brilliant, Julian connects with Brandon in a way neither of his parents can.
Expand text… He also effortlessly helps Linda to salvage a troubled business deal and gives Scott expert advice on his tennis game. Only eleven-year old Ruby – funny, curious, devoted to Sherlock Holmes – has doubts about the stranger in their midst who has so quickly become like a member of the family. But even the observant Ruby is far from understanding Julian’s true designs on the Gardners.

For Julian, the Gardners are like specimens in jars, creatures to be studied – and manipulated. Scott is a gambler with no notion of odds, festering in the shadow of his more successful brother. Linda is ambitious, hungry for the cultured stimulation Julian easily provides. Brandon is risking his future late at night in the town woods. And Ruby – well, she’s just a silly little girl. And in that miscalculation lies the Gardner family’s only possible salvation.

In The Tutor, Peter Abrahams creates a living, breathing portrait of an American family, their town, their secrets, their dreams – and a portrait just as compelling of the menace they welcome into their home. It is his most chilling, suspenseful novel to date.

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