The Painter’s Daughter
by Julie Klassen
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Sophia 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 her 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 seems somehow 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?
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Wow! This is one of the best books I have EVER read! Yes! The Painter’s Daughter is really that good! Sophia’s story is so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Sophie Dupont’s father was an artist, and though Sophie spent so much time in his studio setting up his supplies and painting his backgrounds for him, she knew she would never be the painter her father was. But when Wesley Overtree shows up in town, he conveniences Sophie that she is a beautiful lady to paint. But was painting Sophie the real motives for this new artist has in mind?
At first, I liked Wesley and didn’t realize his ‘faults’ but as I kept reading, its clear where his heart is. Steven showing up brought an interesting twist to the story, and though the situation is not a normal one, I found it heartwarming and grew to have a special respect for Steven. The characters were easy to attach yourself too, and especially Sophie. Her situation was difficult handle, and with in-laws like Steven’s parents, my heart was aching for her. She clearly didn’t give herself the credit she deserved.
Sometime out life take a drastic change from what we thought or wanted it to be. But the God has different plans, and creates situations that change our life for the better. This is what happened with Sophie here in this story. Even though no one agreed with the twists and turns of her situation, I was really happy with this ending. And I am sure Sophie was too!
I received this book from the author to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
ABOUT THIS Author
I worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now write full time. The Secret of Pembrooke Park won the Minnesota Book Award. Three of my books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA awards.
I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.
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