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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Silent Governess - 5 stars!

Julie Klassen has done it again – another wonderful adventure / romance set in nineteenth century England. The Silent Governess has everything I love in a story – mysterious places, scary villains, a handsome hero, and a heroine who is searching for answers.

It’s the kind of book you reach for when you just want to escape and do absolutely nothing but read. I started it in the morning and kept reading until I finished. I just couldn’t put it down.

The basic plot is about Olive Keene who thinks she may have murdered her abusive father. Consequently, she runs from home carrying a secret that she can only open upon the death of her mother. Her hope is to get a position with her mother’s former friends and wait out the news of what actually happened to her mother and father. In the process of running away, she gets involved in another mystery between Lord Bradley and his father. Because she overheard the secret, she is forced to remain at the Manor House as a governess to the children. She has also lost her voice, so she can’t talk. The mystery, adventure, and romance escalate from here.

The Silent Governess is listed as Christian fiction; however, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just another cheesy Christian book. There’s no preaching; rather the characters model the Christian life in speech and action. It has well-developed characters, an exciting plot, and a satisfying ending. Definitely 5 stars!

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