A bluestocking. That’s what she was always called by some of those insufferable boys who attended her father’s school. Specifically Henry Weston. After all these years, Emma Smallwood still grows uneasy and disgusted with memories of the trouble he caused and pranks he played on her. And now to think that she will be traveling with her father to teach in the same home he lives in. Despicable. But once she has settled in at the Weston home Henry is the least of her troubles as strange things begin to occur. In the middle of the night unexplained music announces the presence of someone playing the pianoforte, but with talent no one in the home possesses. And someone is paying visits to her room, leaving behind items and handprints. There are odd things happening in the Weston household and Emma must find out what it is all about.
I have wanted to read The Tutor’s Daughter for ages…well almost. But I have been keeping an eye out on it ever since it was advertised in a book catalog. Having had the pleasure of reading several of Julie Klassen’s books in the past I try to keep a lookout for her latest stories. She is among my favorite authors thanks to her talent with weaving these historical tales. Normally the period Ms. Klassen’s stories are set in are not a favorite, but the time period has kind of grown on me. A big factor in the stories are the characters – they are always so balanced and colorful. They have their own distinct voices and stand out as a result. No getting lumped in with similar voices! The Tutor’s Daughter was no different from the other books. There were a few twists that surprised me and kept the suspense up until the end. It really picked up 1/3 of the way into the story. Flashbacks Emma has and her journal entries were a little distracting but it wasn’t a big deal. Being the maritime aficionado that I am I also found the wreckers aspect a nice fit into the story.
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