Monday, January 4, 2016

Review: The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen

Title: The Painter's Daughter
Series: Stand-Alone
Author: Julie Klassen
Genre: Adult, Christian Fiction, Historical Romance
Published Date: December 1st 2015 by Bethany House Publishers
Format: e-arc
Source: Netgalley
Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It's where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she's beautiful.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother's neglected duties. Home on leave, he's sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter's daughter. He's startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him--one of Wesley's discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

Ohh My Ohh My I've been itching to read an Christian fiction book for a long time now especially when it is mix with historical fiction, but I never had the pull to read them. Because I was really afraid I would not like them. Not because there are religious books because I am very proud religious person, but because I was scare they would not be done right. But I decided to give The Painter's Daughter a chance because some of my book blogging friends has been anticipating this book, and I heard great things about the author Julie Klassen. And I am so glad and happy that I got accepted on Netgalley for this book. Because I absolutely love and enjoy it so much that I thought it was done remarkable amazingly well. This is actually my first time reading a Christian fiction book which I really quite enjoy a lot and this amazing book got me back into reading historical romance books as well. Which I absolutely miss reading them that I am so going to remedy that. I have been really getting into reading religious books since the end of last year, so I really wanted to start too read Christian fiction as well. So The Painter's Daughter was the right book for me too start to read Christian Romance Fiction and it will not be my last either. I just really loved everything about The Painter's Daughter, I absolutely love the concept, the plot, the writing style especially the characters. I really felt connected too the main couple especially too the loner Captain Stephen Overtree. I can't put my finger on why I felt connected too him so fast but I think it is because he is a loner the keeps to himself and that he would do anything and keep supporting his family, even taking on his wild brother Wesley neglected duties. Especially when Wesley leaves a very beautiful and very talented women with child to find a muse in Italy. Which I can tell you right not that Wesley is an arrogant, shellfish and pompous men that only cares about himself and his paintings. But Stephen is a dutiful, loyal and gentle giant with a heart of pure gold and he is a very religious men that he leaves everything on his faith. And I absolutely love love love that about Stephen. Now I am going to stop here because I don't want to go into too much detail about this amazing book without spoiling it for anybody. But I do highly recommend The Painter's Daughter if you love Christian Historical Romance books if you don't I still say give it a try, but I will warn you though it does get very preachy in some parts of the book. And if you don't like that then this book is not for you. But I will most definitely try too continue to read more books by Julie Klassen because I totally loved her writing style. But I am most definitely am going to continue on reading more Christian Fiction and Historical Romance books this year!

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. She blogs at
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.


  1. i hope that scoundrel Wesley drowns in his way home!! ah! I hate men like that

    1. I know right I just couldn't stand him at all after I read the last few chapters of the book and read what he did. I was like Ohh heck no he didn't. Yea he is the worst of the worst! lol Thank you for stopping by my blog my friend. :)