Monday, January 04, 2010

CFBA: The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

Song Stuck on the Brain: I'm Your's by Jason Mraz

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

The Silent Governess


Julie Klassen
Bethany House; Original edition (January 1, 2010)


I loved this book. Historicals sometimes begin to feel repetitive and a little overdone, but Julie did a fantastic job with this one. Reminded me a little of Jane Austen. The relationships were believable and compelling. And all those secrets! I couldn't put it down, I had to know how she was going to make the story work. Not to give anything away, but guessing the family connections between all the players was very nail biting, especially in the romance department. This book was refreshing and not the least bit repetitive to it's genre.


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!


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.

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