Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Silent Governess: A Book Review

The Silent Governess, by Julie Klassen was a delightful book. Set in the English countryside of the 19th century, it follows the story of Olivia Keene. When Olivia returns to her family home one evening to find her mother being strangled by her father, she quickly hits him squarely on the head. Assuming her father dead, Olivia flees the area and finds herself outside the walls of Brightwell Court during a party. As she stops to gaze at the party-goers, she overhears a conversation through an open window. Before she knows it she is being held captive by Lord Bradley who doesn't want the "message" she overheard to spread.

Bradley makes Olivia into a family governess to keep her, and the secrets she heard, close. As Lord Bradley spends more time with Olivia he falls in love with her. But in the process of falling in love he realizes that her life may just contain more secrets than his, perhaps even secrets that intertwine with his carefully guarded past. In the process of falling in love, Olivia must confront her past mistakes and learn the truth about her family.

It was hard to review this book without giving away too much information! The book was rich in imagery and very enjoyable. I give it a four out of five stars.

Note for Full Disclosure: While I do not receive any monetary compensation for my book reviews, I am provided with free complimentary copies of each book. That being said, this review is completely my own, and free from the influence of Bethany House Book Publishers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the review.

In regard to your thirty by thirty list, I'm wondering if you have started on your Waco scrapbook.

Love you,
Mom :-)

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