Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists–including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape.
Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley’s responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host’s daughter in serious trouble.
Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother’s, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage “in name only” to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.
Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn’t come to regret it?
**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Good love triangles always make for a compelling read, but when it’s compounded by a few secrets it can make for an even better story!
The Painter’s Daughter is a novel rich in detail. From the plot, to the characters, to the setting, this novel comes alive.
There aren’t many novels in the Christian Fiction genre that center around scandal quite like this one does. And this one handles it wonderfully and injects lessons of forgiveness and redemption in it as well.
I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. And when I had to (because apparently things like sleep are important…) I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. And finally a word of caution, there are a couple scenes that border on the more passionate side in this novel.
“This is real life, Master Stephen. Happily ever after takes effort.”
-Miss Whitney, The Painter’s Daughter
About the Author:
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Her book, The Silent Governess, was also a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.
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