“The Painter’s Daughter,” by Julie Klassen

I recently had the chance to read The Painter’s Daughter, by Julie Klassen. This fiction book was published on December 1, by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

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?

Final Verdict:

I am a big fan of Julie Klassen’s books, with my favorite up to this point being The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. However, The Painter’s Daughter may be my new favorite! The two books are similar in many ways, including the idea of a main character who has to choose between two brothers. Although Klassen always delivers books with great endings, this one has a number of plotlines that I didn’t feel were predictable, which made it impossible to put down. This book is so much fun to read, and I finished it in one sitting, staying up late because I had to know how it ended! This is a really enjoyable book to read, and is one I can recommend to anyone who enjoys a good love story.

If you’d like to check out The Painter’s Daughter it is currently on sale for $7.87 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $14.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $11.65. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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