Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Painter's Daughter, by Julie Klassen (Book Giveaway!)

It's hard to believe my favorite week of the year has arrived! That glorious week between Christmas and New Year's is always filled with games and books and wintery things like sledding, skating, and playing in the snow. Amidst all the fun, we celebrate my husband's birthday on the 27th, and then we have a big family-style party on New Year's Eve.

I enjoy this week because it's all about relaxing and spending time with family and friends (and reading!).

I thought I'd share my newest favorite book with you, in case you're looking for something good to read this week. It's The Painter's Daughter, by Julie Klassen.


Okay, here's the real deal: I loved this book! And not just because I absolutely adore Julie, either. I was a huge fan of hers before I had the pleasure of becoming her friend. :)

Julie's books read like a Jane Austen novel and pull you into a world completely foreign--yet, surprisingly comfortable and familiar. There is just enough intrigue to keep your heart pumping and your fingers turning the page, but not so much that you feel uncomfortable.

The Painter's Daughter is about a marriage of convenience (the first time Julie has written about this subject). I fell in love with her hero and I rooted for her heroine. The second-to-last scene of the book had me swooning and in tears, all at the same time. It's one of those stories I couldn't put down, and ended up reading too fast, because suddenly I was at the end and I didn't want to be!

My daughters and I had the pleasure of
attending Julie's release party a couple
weeks ago! This is her tenth book, so we
had a party and celebrated! So much fun. :)
Here's a little more about The Painter's Daughter:
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?

You can purchase the book here.

In the spirit of Christmas, I'd love to give away a free copy of this book to one lucky winner! I'll announce the winner next Thursday.

Your Turn: Have you ever read a book by Julie Klassen? What's your favorite Jane Austen story? What are you reading this week?

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50 comments:

  1. This weekend and I am going to read the first three books in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan! Or I should say trying :) they are all five hundred pages!

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    1. Oh, my! That's quite a series to tackle. I hope you're successful. :) Thanks for stopping by, Sierra.

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  2. I have never read any of Julie's books, but they've been on my reading bucket list forever! My favorite Jane Austen story is Pride and Prejudice hands down! This week I'm in the middle of The Ezekiel Option by Joel C. Rosenberg, so so so good!!

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    1. Oh, Abby!!! I hope you get a chance to read Julie's book soon. I love all of them (I actually discovered Julie right when her first book released years ago and became an instant fan). I love The Painter's Daughter, but my other favorite is The Secrets of Pembrooke Park. Girl in the Gatehouse is also a favorite...but The Apothecary's Daughter and The Lady of Milkweed Manor are also very, very good. Actually, just start at the beginning and read them all!! You won't regret it. :) Good luck in the drawing!!

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  3. Love this! Favorite of Jane Austen's has to be Pride & Prejudice and second Persuasion. I really enjoyed Julie's books, the 2 I've read. I was first introduced by the pretty covers at the library and then after reading the synopsis, I borrowed it. From then, I've always wanted to read more but just never had the opportunity. This week, whatever time I have to read, I'll be revisiting some old reads, including P&P. :)

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    1. Oops! Forgot to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Blessings to all!
      Annie JC
      justcommonly(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. I'm so happy you're familiar with Julie's book, Annie! The covers are gorgeous (but, then, Bethany House produces some of the best in the industry!). I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. I've been so wanting to read this book. Heard such good things about it. Keeping my fingers crossed, lol!

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    1. It really is good, Gail! Good luck in the drawing and thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I'm not entering the contest because I already won this book on another giveaway & am anxiously awaiting it's arrival in my mailbox! :-)

    I just wanted to chime in and say a big YEEEESSSS....I am a HUGE fan of Julie's books!! I have read all but one (Lady Maybe) and she had me hooked from the first one I read (The Apothecary's Daughter). I'd never read a Regency type story up to that point, but she reeled me in from page one :-) I'm working my way through "The Secret of Pembrooke Park" now. I was SO excited to see "The Painters Daughter" come out. I live such great adventures through her writing.
    Thanks for featuring her in your post today, Gabrielle. Wishing you & yours a very blessed Christmas day. May the light of Christ shine in your hearts all year 'round :-)

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    1. I'm so happy you're a fan of Julie's! I loved The Apothecary's Daughter. The Secrets of Pembrooke Park is definitely one of my favorites, too. We had a lovely Christmas Day! Thank you.

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  6. I've only read Lady Maybe, and unfortunately I didn't like it very much. I'm not a big fan of wishy-washy love triangles, and I felt like the romance scenes were too detailed. But I've heard so many great things about her other books, so I'd really like to give her books published by Christian publishers a try! My favorite Jane Austin is Pride and Prejudice, and I'm currently reading Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin ☺️ Mdp94 (at) bellsouth (dot) net

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    1. I'm so sorry you didn't care for Lady Maybe. I became a fan of Julie from the beginning, and her books by Bethany House are fabulous. I hope you get a chance to try another. The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Secrets of Pembrooke Park are two of my favorites. This one, The Painter's Daughter, is somewhat of a love triangle--though it's not wishy-washy, so maybe you'd enjoy it. Good luck in the drawing!

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  8. I've read a few Julie Klassen novels so far - The Dancing Master, The Tutor's Daughter, Lady Maybe, and The Secret of Pembrooke Park - and have enjoyed each one immensely. My favorite Jane Austen is a toss-up between P&P and Sense and Sensibility.

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed them! Good luck in the drawing for The Painter's Daughter, Kym!

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  9. I've read quite a few of Julie's books, but the last three or so. I think The Girl in the Gatehouse was my favorite.
    Right now I am reading Prelude for A Lord by Camille Elliot.

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    1. I'd highly recommend The Secrets of Pembrooke Park and The Painter's Daughter (in regards to the last few you've missed). They are really good! The Girl in the Gatehouse is also fabulous. It's hard for me to choose a favorite. :) Thanks for stopping by, Patty!

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  10. I have almost every one of Julie's books!

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    1. That's awesome, Amy! I hope you can add this one to your collection, as well.

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  11. I love to read and you can never have to many books.

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    1. It is, Amy! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing.

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  13. i really like julie klassen's writing and i would love to win this giveaway! The Apothecary's Daughter is one of my favorite books

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    1. You've named one of my favorite Julie Klassen books! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. I would really enjoy reading this book. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the drawing.

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  15. I haven't read Ms. Klassen's books. I do love Jane Austen and intrigue. Ms. Klassen's books sound like the perfect combination! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Oh, my, Caryl! I hope you're able to read something of Julie's soon. Thanks for stopping in today!

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  16. I love her books as well! Not sure I could pick a favorite! I'm also not sure what I'll start reading this week, but I think maybe I'll sneak in something Christmasy because I usually devour them this month, but I've been busy reading other things! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

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    1. This is the perfect month to read Christmasy books, Melissa. I hope you read something fun and cheery. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Julie Klassen is my favorite!!

    xo,
    Christen
    ChristenKrumm.com

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  18. Julie Klassen has easily become one of my favorites! So looking forward to reading this one!!!

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    1. I'm happy to hear you've read Julie's books, Heather! Thank you for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  19. I would love to read this book! It looks like a good read.

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    1. It's an amazing read, Judy! I hope you get a chance to read it soon.

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  20. Gabrielle, I'm almost ashamed to admit I haven't read any of Julie's books - although they have been on my TBR list for some time, and I've read nothing but rave reviews on them. Being an influencer for numerous authors, and a blog contributor consumes a lot of my time. Julie appeared in a local book-signing with Sarah Ladd recently, so wish I had been feeling better and able to attend and meet both authors. Thanks for the opportunity to win "The Painter's Daughter"!!

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    1. Yes, I remember when Julie and Sarah were together. If I'm correct, it was around the time they were attending the Jane Austen Convention. Doesn't that sound like fun?? I hope you have the opportunity to read one (or all!) of Julie's books soon.

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  21. I've read ALL of Julie's books. She's an author to follow! lol I think my favorite Jane Austen book is Sense & Sensibility. This week my daughter's here until tomorrow (Tues), I work Wed, and then have Thurs & Fri off. We're having the young adults my husband leads come over for NYE! Should be a ton of fun!

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    1. That does sound fun, Mimi! I love gathering people together, and it appears you and your husband do, as well. I'm so happy to hear you've read all of Julie's books! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  22. I have never read either Jane Austen or Julie Klassen's book. They have been on my TBR. I have seen this book in so many places that I have to read it now.

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    1. Oh, I hope you do read it, Sonnetta! I'm happy to hear you've seen the book all over! I'm sure that would make Julie happy to hear. Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. I would love to read this. I am a high school librarian, so I have a long list. This one would be very interesting and a great book to add to our library!

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    1. Librarians are unsung heroes! Thank you for your work, Mary, and for stopping by our blog. Good luck in the drawing!

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  24. I think, I have read all of Klassen's books. I enjoyed all of them until The Secret of the Pembroke Park. The story was slightly disappointing to me. However, I have high hopes The Painter's Daughter will not be. I have to read it to decide, don't I? As to Austin, my favorite is Persuasion, and as to the book I am currently reading - I just finished Siri Mitchell's A Heart Most Worthy, and I already tucked my bookmark in Jen Turano's After a Fashion.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy The Secrets of Pembrooke Park, Kati. Hopefully you'll enjoy The Painter's Daughter more. I loved Siri's A Heart Most Worthy, but I haven't had the chance to read Jen's After a Fashion, though it is on my shelf! Sounds like you have a great reading palate. :)

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  25. I love to discover authors who are new to me! I love to read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. I would love to add this book to my collection. I've not read anything by this author, but the book sounds really good!

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