Monday, March 15, 2010

Book review--The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

Finally! A book that I was actually able to finish and enjoyed reading! Hallelujah!

The Silent Governess is a Regency "romance" in the Christian fiction genre.  I am not an avid reader of Christian fiction because in the past I have found it to be too preachy.  However, this was not the case with this book.  The main character, Olivia, has been through a traumatic experience and while fleeing her situation, she finds herself mixed up in another's dark secret.  Not only must she keep her secret, but she must also keep the secret of Lord Bradley.  All this secrecy makes for an intriguing read because you really never find out the whole truth until the very end.  I usually figure out the plot before then and while I had my theories early on, I really did not have it 100% right.  Also, while this is technically a "romance", I was so glad that it was not overly sappy and that it did not contain any explicit sex scenes.  It was actually very Jane Austen in tone and content, although I will not go so far as to say that it was as well written as an Austen novel.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good Regency historical and/or is a Jane Austen fan.

Book synopsis:

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 seems. Lord 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? (from Library Thing)

Read for the following challenges:

Year of the Historical  1 / 12 books
Pages Read Challenge  1804 / 30,000 pages
New Authors Challenge  3 / 25 books
Countdown Challenge 2010  9 / 55 books 
100+ Reading Challenge  8 / 100+ books
Monthly Mixer Mele  6 / 74 books
ARC Reading Challenge 2010  3 / 11 books

To view my progress on these or all my challenges, the links will take you to my challenge blog.

I won this book from Library Thing Early Reviewers and did not receive any monetary compensation for reading and reviewing it.


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  1. Glad to hear you liked this one! :) Julie Klassen is a nice read--her books are definitely not preachy. My favorite of her books is The Apothecary's Daughter.

  2. I have heard of The Apothecary's Daughter. I really enjoyed this one so I'm going to have to pick up that one as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Hooray for finding books you like!!

  4. Yeah, I'm hoping that those two books in January and February were a fluke! I hate it when I don't like a book. =O(

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