AUTHOR BIO:  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. Visit for more information.



Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration?

The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.

When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame...and which brother to trust with her heart?





 1. What do you like most about reading a regency romance, mystery story?


2, What do you like most about that time period?


3. The front cover of this book really captures the feel of the book. There is a bit of a mystery inside and it involves strange things happening in the middle of the night. Music playing and when she goes to the music room no one is there, heavy footsteps leading up to her door and stopping, notes being passed under her door and left in her room. Would you like to live in a big house like this with lots of people you really didn't know? Just wondering how you felt about that. I for one wouldn't. This book reminded me why? Grin!


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I'm a private person, so living in a huge house with people I did not know would not float my boat!  But the cover is so lovely.  

I do not think I would like to live in a house that old and large with strangers. Too many secrets from days gone by.

#3: While I would love to live in a big, rambling old house where things sometimes go bump in the night, I don't think I would enjoy living there is people I didn't know and trust. I would be worried more about the living beings than anything else!

I love reading regency romances because that time period just appeals to my romantic nature. I'm guessing it wasn't all romance and such but I love the language they used and love to fancy myself in a lovely dress at a ball trying to be proper and poised. I think the mystery thrown in makes it more exciting. I'm more interested in a "Northanger Abbey" sort of mystery though, where nothing is really wrong and it's all an over-active imagination - the kind that pokes fun at real mysteries.

I definitely wouldn't want to live in a large house with people I didn't really know. For one, I have severe social anxiety so being around people I didn't know would just kill me. For two, having all of those things happen would scare me even more and I just don't think I would make it. Though, the thought of romance might keep me hanging on by a thread. :)

I think I'd like to at least *try* staying in a house like that but I don't know how long I would last!

1. What do you like most about reading a regency romance, mystery story? I like regency romances because of the polite society, manners, tea, and all that goes with it. You are guaranteed some basic background things will be included in the story. I like that security. Their clothing is very elegant as well! A mystery is always good if the reader only finds out the answers along with the hero/heroine. I don't like books where we are told what the answers to the mystery or get the villain's viewpoint. Where's the surprise in that?


I love Julie Klassen's books!

Thanks, Sylvia!

3. I don't think I could live in a big, spooky house like that, especially with people I didn't know.  But maybe that's someone's cup of tea . . . ?  I do love reading mysteries, and watching old scary movies.  I'm looking forward to reading The Tutor's Daughter, especially now that I know there's a bit of intrigue mixed in.

By the way, the cover reminds me of an old movie poster.  Love it!

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