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. :)
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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