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The Painter's Daughter, by Julie Klassen
While home on leave, Captain Stephen Overtree is sent to find his wayward brother, Wesley. Traveling to Devonshire, he meets Miss Sophie Dupont and soon discovers that Wesley has left her with child. Hoping to save her from scandal, Stephen proposes and Sophie accepts. But will she regret marrying him when a repentant Wesley returns?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It's where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she's beautiful.
Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother's neglected duties. Home on leave, he's sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter's daughter. He's startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him--one of Wesley's discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.
Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.
Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5CharmingMay 6, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The PAINTERS DAUGHTER
Sophie Dupont has a passion for painting and works alongside her father who is a portrait artist. One day while out on the local cliffs with her own artwork she meets a man who sweeps her off her feet. A fellow artist, the two begin to spend a great deal of time together, until one day when Sophies world fall apart.
Captain Stephen Overstreet has been asked by his family to search for his wayward brother Wesley. His search leads him straight to Sophie. When he learns of Sophie he decides that they need to marry and assures her it will be a marriage of convenience.
Set in 1815 England, this book is classic Julie Klassen regency romance. Stephen is our dark, brooding hero with a secret in his past, and Sophie is a heroine in trouble, but chained by the rules of society, and torn between two men.
God features very prominently within these pages. Sophie was a terrific character that I truly enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. When we first met her she is a starry-eyed nave young woman but as the story progresses she develops into a mature young woman who begins to trust God and sound judgement rather than someone who makes decisions solely bases on her emotions.
Stephen is a Christian, but a believable one. He has made mistakes, but he is also was a man of prayer and takes action where he felt God was leading him. He isn't preachy, but he is also not afraid to speak to other about God.
There was an entire cast of wonderful secondary characters as well as an amazing message of grace and redemption.
As with most of her other book, once I started it, it was almost impossible to put down and sometimes real life makes you pay for ignoring it, but that can be the price for a great book. If you like the time period and the Jane Austin style I would highly recommend this book
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5MesmerizingDecember 29, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have not read a Julie Klassen book yet that I have disliked. This one I think is my favorite so far. What a tale this one told. I was not sure, like the heroine Sophie, what would be the best plan for her life. She was young and naive and quite taken advantage of by the man she loved and whom she believed loved her. Then in steps his younger brother, Stephen, to rescue her and give to her a respectable life. This all happens in the first few chapters. What follows is a marriage in name only story that unfolds into a beautiful portrait of what happiness may look like for Stephen and Sophie. However, this book at over 450 pages does not follow the path to true love easily. No, we must watch as these characters seem to have their hearts ripped out a few times.
It was very hard for me to put this book down for real life. With romantic tension, war looming on the horizon, dire warnings and predictions, and with a slight gothic thread running throughout was a story that totally mesmerized me and I hated to have it end. Memorable characters, both good and bad, captured my attention as well and I look forward to Ms. Klassens next novel.
I received a free copy of this book through TBCN/Bookfun. I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Regency era fiction with a tale of love and mercyAugust 7, 2016Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Painter's Daughter
By Julie Klassen
She thought she had found the man she would marry, until he left her behind to follow his dream. When Wesley Overtree left a brief hurried message saying he was traveling to Italy, Sophie Dupont found herself in an impossible position.
And Wesley's younger brother may be her only way to escape scandal and ruination. But can she tie her future to Captain Stephen Overtree, a man she has only just met, when her heart belongs to his brother? And is the promise of a marriage that is "in name only" enough to bind her to this brooding man known for his black moods?
Time is short and Sophie's choices are few when a woman's reputation is everything. A scandal, a period of isolation, or a loveless marriage ~ she has hours to decide the future she will call her own. But can she live with the decision she is about to make?
Julie Klassen's books always have this undercurrent of someone having a secret with which they have to come to terms with. The Painter's Daughter is no different and in fact there are several characters who seem to be guarding secrets - some of which will be revealed in a most shocking turn of events.
Readers who enjoy historical fiction set in the Regency period will love delving into this book. Fans of Jane Austen will be thrilled at the references to her work in this book. And if you want to know which one you'll have to read the book for yourself. An enjoyable book that will fill a long afternoon or week-end with page-turning diversion.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
Karen Ketcham5 Stars Out Of 5Engaging regency romanceMay 9, 2016Karen KetchamQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Painters Daughter by Julie Klassen
This historical romance is located during early 1800's England. Sophie Dupont is a young innocent girl who assists her father in is painting studio. An aristocratic ner' do well lives in her fathers cottages during season and Sophie is seduced by Wesley Overtree's personality and love of painting. Wesley is Captain Stephen Overstreet's older brother who is inherently selfish to the max. Sophie is left with heartache and more than she planned on when Captain Overstreet comes to take Wesley home. This is a must read story! I could not put it down. I took it on a cruise with me and read it 24 hours because I just kept reading!!! You will love it, from depth of characters to the subtle mystery to the family intrigue. I look forward to more form Julie Klassen.
Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy of this book I received through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5I didn't want to put this down.March 26, 2016Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent Christian Historical Romance set in 1815 Devonshire, England. As in Julie's other books, you build immediate empathy for Sophie, the Painter's Daughter as she's been deserted by the man she fell in love with. But his brother comes in to the rescue and marries her. Of course she is not of their class, and their family doesn't approve of her. And she's a painter in her own right, but women painters were not accepted at the time. The intensity builds throughout the story, including scenes from a battle with Napoleon. Not a quick read, but fully enjoyable - you won't be bored! Don't you just love that cover?
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