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The Silent Governess My word, what a novel I have no idea what to sayI loved it It was SO engrossing right from the start, and the excitement didn t drop once From the prologue was are swept in a web of intrigue, mystery, secrets and adventure This book is like, impossible to put down Olivia Keene, the heroine, was absolutely amazing She was courageous, loyal, clever and fierce and I loved the way she stayed true to herself and stood up to Lord Bradley from time to time Her relationship with the children w My word, what a novel I have no idea what to sayI loved it It was SO engrossing right from the start, and the excitement didn t drop once From the prologue was are swept in a web of intrigue, mystery, secrets and adventure This book is like, impossible to put down Olivia Keene, the heroine, was absolutely amazing She was courageous, loyal, clever and fierce and I loved the way she stayed true to herself and stood up to Lord Bradley from time to time Her relationship with the children was really touching, and I loved all the scenes they had together Who said children were annoying in Regencies I used to think they were, but lately I ve hit upon a few books that featured really attaching ones The plot in The Silent Governess is really intricate and twisty, and although I guessed a few things right early on enough, it still kept me really interested and I couldn t wait to turn the next page to see what would happen I have amazed myself for once and DID NOT SPOIL ANYTHING FOR MYSELF BY PEEKING cue round of applause and the experience was so enjoyable that I am determined not to peek in the next novel I ll read This book was definitelyfocused on the plot than the romance, which was a little too bad because the hero, while not exactly swoon worthy, was really fascinating and of the reserved judgemental haughty type, with a resting bitchface on his gorgeous blond haired, blue eyed face Aaaannnd he s tall, broad shouldered and very muscular, facts confirmed by Olivia herself, when she accidentally sees him in his bath We learn his secret, or part of it, right from the beginning because the heroine overhears it, and that is why he forces to stay on his estate, first as an under nurse, and eventually as a governess all the while never taking his eyes off her both for security and personal reasons, hehehe Their relationship is a bit peculiar, although interesting Lord Bradley is clearly attracted to her early on, but it isn t until almost the end that we are made to understand that Olivia sees him in a romantic light too All along, they have a few delicious scenes, but also some very conflicting ones where it felt unclear why they were acting the way they were Edward had a few strange mood swings throughout, and Olivia s decisions near the end were rather too sudden and precipitous But nevertheless the romantic aspect was very enjoyable to follow, and the ending is delectable My favourite character is probably Lord Brightwell, though, and I wish he d gotten a HEA too, because he was the most deserving and the most awesome Generous, philanthropic and super kind, he reminded me a lot of Mr Jarndyce from Bleak House, and every scene with him was really good I wish there was a sequel to this book so he could get his own story The setting of this novel was really great, and I enjoyed learningabout the lives of servants back in the Regency era and prior to this I had no idea what the heck an undernurse was , and it also made me realize just how awkward the position of governess was, since they were only supposed to interact with the children and no one else, being too good for the servants, but not good enough for the family of the house Awkward indeed No wonder Olivia got tired of it and wanted to teach in a school of her own I loved how we can so tell that Julie Klassen loves all things Jane The Silent Governess was reminiscent of Jane Eyre in so many ways, but what would have been really awesome is if the author had started the epilogue with Reader, I married him I can t wait to read another Klassen novel Her books are SO good And she has TWO new ones coming out this year Weeee D Stunning I get breathless just thinking about how good this is I grieved when it was over Klassen has an exquisite command of the English language and she isn t afraid to use it Rich descriptions paint a vivid picture and carry the reader away into an Austen like setting The autumn air was crisp, the wood a colorful fresco of flaming brown and orange beechwood trees p.96 Doesn t that conjure up a reaction in all your senses I can smell the musty scent of decaying leaves, hear them r Stunning I get breathless just thinking about how good this is I grieved when it was over Klassen has an exquisite command of the English language and she isn t afraid to use it Rich descriptions paint a vivid picture and carry the reader away into an Austen like setting The autumn air was crisp, the wood a colorful fresco of flaming brown and orange beechwood trees p.96 Doesn t that conjure up a reaction in all your senses I can smell the musty scent of decaying leaves, hear them rustling under the children s feet, see the brilliant colours in contrast to the blue skyIt s passages like these that elevate Klassen s writing into the sublime.In case you haven t guessed by now I LOVED this book, as I have every other one this author has written Her characters are richly developed, the plot is complex and full of surprises and the romance be still my heart How can you resist a man such as this She stretched her legs out before her, and Edward glimpsed a sliver of stocking and tapered ankle He averted his gaze He was not a man to sneak a look at a woman s leg p.177 But the course to true love is never straight and Klassen sends her hero and heroine along a very crooked, perilous road indeed And every moment of their romance is to be savored and copious scenes to be read over for the sheer thrill of it Klassen s bio says that she loves all things Jane Jane Eyre and Jane Austen and I certainly got a feel for that and yet her own distinctive voice is not lost in similarities Rather she has crafted a unique epic of her own that will be cherished by fans for years to come This is the first novel I ve read by Julie Klassen, and I m eager to read her other novels since finishing this one While it is your typical regency romance mystery, the plot was very creative.This book was mainly plot driven I could hardly stop reading because I just had to see what was going to happen next I love when a book is like that I really enjoyed watching the mysteries unravel as Olivia, the main character, figures everything out It s hard to say much about the mysteries without g This is the first novel I ve read by Julie Klassen, and I m eager to read her other novels since finishing this one While it is your typical regency romance mystery, the plot was very creative.This book was mainly plot driven I could hardly stop reading because I just had to see what was going to happen next I love when a book is like that I really enjoyed watching the mysteries unravel as Olivia, the main character, figures everything out It s hard to say much about the mysteries without giving anything away, but they definitely all intertwined in unexpected ways.Some aspects of the plot were a bit predictable, mostly in the romance departmentbut, then again, if they had ended any other way, I think I would have been quite put out I usually don t mind the happy endings as long as getting there is entertaining and perhaps has a twist all it s own, and I feel like this novel did that I m all for a charming and sweet romance and happy ending.It was alsorealistic she didn t magically become rich somehow or just happen to have a wealthy long lost relative, which is what I ve noticed happening in a lot of other regency type novels I ve read a good deal of regency novels in the past especially Victoria Holt , and this is one of my favorites.This is labeled as a Christian novel, and so many that fall in that category deal with characters that are just too good While Olivia Keene is a good person, it was refreshing that she had doubts, lost her temper, and had a hard time forgiving herself and others just like a real person would Sweet romance, delicious plot Recommended Wow, I was swept away in the tides of this book It took me longer to read than a book normally does because I wanted to fully absorb it all This is a book that keeps you reading far into the night and thinking about it first thing in the morning You thought you had things figured out but in actuality you were far from figuring it out Intrigue,suspense, a bit of creepiness and a hint of romance make for an exciting story here I look forward to readingKlassen books in the future Forced to escape from her home, because she thinks she killed a man, Olivia Keene arrives to Brightwell Court where overhears a great secret concerning the family who lives there Worried for his future, if that secret is revealed, Lord Bradley decides to keep an eye on Olivia who is temporarily unable to speak because of an accident and offers her a post at his father s estate until she is perfectly recovered The relationship between Olivia and Lord Bradley starts badly because they do not t Forced to escape from her home, because she thinks she killed a man, Olivia Keene arrives to Brightwell Court where overhears a great secret concerning the family who lives there Worried for his future, if that secret is revealed, Lord Bradley decides to keep an eye on Olivia who is temporarily unable to speak because of an accident and offers her a post at his father s estate until she is perfectly recovered The relationship between Olivia and Lord Bradley starts badly because they do not trust each other and they are both sure the other is hiding something Will things be easier for Olivia and Lord Bradley once those secrets will be unravelled Sometimes it is very hard to express your feelings about a book because there is the fear of being banal This happens to me both for a terrible book and for an excellent one I hope I will not be unoriginal by saying with a few words what I think about The Silent Governess I loved it so much This is one of the best book I have read so far Julie Klassen is a very talented author and I always enjoy reading her novels This story can seem complicated at the beginning because there are a lot of secrets, characters and mysteries to understand and discover, but the writer made everything easy Her writing is detailed, her researches accurate and the readers may have the impression to be actually in the English countryside All the characters are important, you cannot forget anybody, because at some point everybody returns and all the questions you have will find an answer I thought I had unravelled at least one secret, but I was completely wrong And that is one of the things I particularly love about Ms Klassen She is unpredictable While you are thinking everything is clear and resolved there is a sudden twist in the plot that leaves you speechless Readers can find any kind of people in this book There is the good hero, there are evil men, the mysterious gamekeeper, the trustworthy and sweet cook, the traitor and that one is always the last person you think , the rogue who makes suffer many women and of course, the governess, the lovely and gentle Olivia Keene I loved Olivia When she starts her journey because she must escape and she needs to find a better future she is scared and has no idea of what it will become of her but she does not stop all the same She faces her problems and tries to be confident and resolute despite her real feelings Throughout the story she becomes stronger, she starts to trust people and especially God who will help her discover some things of her family s past she did not know and see the truth about some persons she misjudged It was lovely to witness her changing her opinions and living her new life Just as it was beautiful to see the development of Lord Bradley He has a big secret to deal with and he is afraid his entire world might fall apart, but slowly he will understand what it really matters in his life aside from his title, wealth and property He gradually changes his behaviour to become a different man From the secretive and unhappy heir of the first chapters, he becomes a wiser and better man by the end of the book, and I loved to witness his growth Among the others, I liked two other characters Lord Brightwell Lord Bradley s father and Mr Croome the gamekeeper Both men suffered a lot during their lives and all of their actions hide important meanings The first one proves to be a strong and good gentleman, the second one is a gruff man who acts in a strange way but believe me, he has his good reasons Nothing is as it seems in this novel I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to other stories by Julie Klassen I highly recommend The Silent Governess There are no words Now watch me prattle on in typical fangirl fashion Yes, I just used the word prattle The Silent Governess is such a treasure It has everything a historical fiction fan could want Mystery, suspense, contention, suspicion, some humor, light clean romance, family, friends, loyalty, betrayal lots of unexpected plot twists and discoveries Trust and the value of family are the major themes in this story, and they are proved over and over to our confused and searching There are no words Now watch me prattle on in typical fangirl fashion Yes, I just used the word prattle The Silent Governess is such a treasure It has everything a historical fiction fan could want Mystery, suspense, contention, suspicion, some humor, light clean romance, family, friends, loyalty, betrayal lots of unexpected plot twists and discoveries Trust and the value of family are the major themes in this story, and they are proved over and over to our confused and searching heroine and hero.This book was brim full of fun and lovable characters at least, you think so and I especially loved reading about Olivia s young charges Audrey and Andrew There really isn t too much you can say about this story without giving something awayso go read it for yourself It s incredible and totally worth your time I found myself drawing out the last chapters over as many hours as I could, to keep it in my life knowing I ll always wish I could read it for the first time again Which makes me REALLY glad her books are so long D I m really looking forward to readingfrom Julie Klassen How can one author continue to completely surprise her readers with each and every new and unique plot I m not sure, but I ve been told it s true that she does, so I can t wait to see for myself Believing herself guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home, eventually stumbling upon a grand estate where an elaborate celebration is in progress But all is not as joyous as it seemsLord Bradley has just learned a terrible secret, which, if exposed, will change his life forever When he glimpses a figure on the grounds, he fears a spy or thief has overheard his devastating news He is stunned to discover the intruder is a scrap of a woman with her throat badly injured Fearing she will spread his secret, he gives the girl a post and confines her to his estate As Olivia and Lord Bradley s secrets catch up with them, will their hidden pasts ruin their hope of finding love To be a lonely Governess for the rest of your life is one thing To be marked by a tainted family name and a questionable past, is another.Secrets galore leave you guessing throughout the book for both of the main characters Julie Klassen masterfully weaves an intense plot and ties up the end so neatly, you are in tears with the joy it produces She is so talented and I am thankful to have read another great book Some of the aspects of this book hits home for me regarding family, so I knew I To be a lonely Governess for the rest of your life is one thing To be marked by a tainted family name and a questionable past, is another.Secrets galore leave you guessing throughout the book for both of the main characters Julie Klassen masterfully weaves an intense plot and ties up the end so neatly, you are in tears with the joy it produces She is so talented and I am thankful to have read another great book Some of the aspects of this book hits home for me regarding family, so I knew I was going to love it I truly loved the Duke He reminded me so much of my Papa it s not even funny Add in suspense, plot twists and of course, characters you love to hate, and you have a superb book in your hands Ahh what every regency should have excellent plot, good mystery, great secret reveals, a swoon worthy hero Ahh what every regency should have excellent plot, good mystery, great secret reveals, a swoon worthy hero This was my first read by Julie Klassen Shocking I know but it won t be my last.Julie has a gift of drawing the reader in with various mysteries, interesting ladies, handsome but a bit rugged gentlemen, too many bad guys and a story that flows and builds beautifully.I enjoyed the various mysteries intertwined in this book and the small clues given to the reader, enough to solve the mystery, but not too obvious that you are being kept in the dark right till the end Even at the end when I thoug This was my first read by Julie Klassen Shocking I know but it won t be my last.Julie has a gift of drawing the reader in with various mysteries, interesting ladies, handsome but a bit rugged gentlemen, too many bad guys and a story that flows and builds beautifully.I enjoyed the various mysteries intertwined in this book and the small clues given to the reader, enough to solve the mystery, but not too obvious that you are being kept in the dark right till the end Even at the end when I though all was solved, another twist.I enjoyed the character growth and character build in this story My favourite scenes were Olivia and Audrey and Andrew Julie also did a great job of redeeming characters which I started off disliking, for example Johnny Ross I think the epilogue in this book is my favourite off all books read.Please add this book to your shelf, especially if you love a sweet historical fiction

  • Paperback
  • 440 pages
  • The Silent Governess
  • Julie Klassen
  • English
  • 27 August 2019
  • 0764207075

About the Author: Julie Klassen

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 and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St Paul, Minnesota.