1. The Sisters of Sea View, Paperback #1
    Julie Klassen
    Bethany House / 2022 / Trade Paperback
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  1. SC
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful beginning to a new series!
    January 12, 2023
    SC
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a fantastic beginning of what promises to be a delightful new series by Julie Klassen. She is one of the best at penning a good Regency. I adored this story of a family who find themselves in reduced financial circumstances after the unexpected death of their father. With an ailing mother to care for, four sisters bring their unique set of talents and personalities together to turn their seaside home into a boarding house. The sisters thoroughly enchanted me, reminding me of the March sisters of Little Women. Their united front, love for each other, and small disagreements, made this fictional family feel real-to-life and one I would love to meet. That and the charming residents of their Devonshire village.

    Ms. Klassen's beautiful prose brought to life this seaside community in a summer filled with Austenesque entertainment, sea bathing and picnics, cricket matches and balls. Not only did I fall in love with the Summers sisters, I found the eclectic cast of characters in the residents and summer guests of their village to be charming.

    Told from the perspective of three of the sisters, each experiences a budding romance. The heroes are as charming and different as each of the sisters. Only one is resolved, but I anticipate the others will have their own resolutions in future books in the series. Can't wait to read more of their adventures.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher through Netgalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Julie Klassen Classic!
    January 5, 2023
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Squuuueeeeeeppp! (that's me squealing and eeping over this new series!) My twentieth Julie Klassen novel and I'm still in love with her storytelling.

    'The Sisters of Sea View' reads very much like a British classic-- think Larkrise to Candleford or Cranford. Very much in the same style as this authors's Ivy Hill series. Impoverished sisters and their ailing, widowed mother are forced to turn their home into a guest house. The story is told from the sisters' POV as they make the necessary adjustments, It's full of laughter and drama, including a wee bit of heartache, and the most wonderful array of secondary characters that make up their guests and local villagers. There's even a few nods to Jane Austen if you keep a sharp eye out.

    And, oh my, some of the historical details -- from medical 'advances' to the ridiculous sounding bathing machines to the alluring tidbits of life along the coast during the Regency era. But as fascinating as all that is, it's the way the author develops her characters and weaves their diverse backstories into a wonderful tapestry that celebrates what it is to live in community with others. So touching in places and inspiring throughout.

    And we don't have the complete story yet. While this first book in the series wraps up wonderfully, there's definitely more on the horizon for these sisters and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
  3. Valerie
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enchanting Historical Fiction with Drama and Humor - an Homage to Jane Austen
    December 31, 2022
    Valerie
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen is an engaging homage to Jane Austen, and I loved it so much!

    This novel with its beautiful cover reminded me of several PBS dramas I love:

    * the seaside setting of Sanditon

    * a story of sisters with very different personalities like Downton Abbey

    * a cricket game ala Downton and All Creatures Great and Small

    The story was also reminiscent of Little Women in the best ways.

    Set in 1819 Sidmouth, England, the plot includes drama as well as humor with the theme of acceptance for all. The relationships include love in many forms, including romantic, familial, and friendships.

    I am so glad this is the first book in the On Devonshire Shores series as I am eager to spend more time with the Summers sisters. Thank you to Uplit Reads for the review copy; all thoughts are my own.
  4. ReviewsByErin
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Character-driven sister story
    December 30, 2022
    ReviewsByErin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When reduced circumstances require Mrs. Summers and her four daughters to economize, they open their Sidmouth home as a guest house. Their extra bedrooms are soon filled with visitors to the seaside town, bringing interest and intrigue to the normally quiet family.

    Three of the four sisters are point of view characters: Sarah the responsible one, Emily the adventurous one, and Viola the quiet one with a scarred face and heart. Each sister has a bit of romance throughout the novel, and I wondered at times if we'd get them all married off - or if in the end any of them would have a happily ever after. I won't give spoilers, but let's say I was satisfied with the conclusion while it also leaves room for some of the storylines to continue into the next book of the series.

    This novel is very character-driven, which was delightful for this reader, though I can see how some might find it boring. Also it was occasionally hard to keep track of whose point of view we were in. But I really enjoyed each sister and look forward to knowing more about them. I'm excited Julie Klassen is doing another series, as I loved her Tales of Ivy Hill books.

    Readers who love Jane Austen will enjoy spotting names and dialogue that are borrowed from Austen's classic works. And if you appreciate a wide cast of characters, this book is definitely for you. So many new people to get to know!

    Overall, I'd recommend this for fans of character-driven Regency fiction. You won't be disappointed!

    I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own.
  5. LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic
    December 28, 2022
    LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Another incredible novel by a truly talented writer, Julie Klassen pens a story that is captivating and mesmerizing. I love the way this author tells stories by creating characters with realistic flaws, wonderful depth, and great growth that makes me feel like I get to know real people from long ago. I enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Viola in this novel and their journey was something that I was easily invested in as I longed to find out if they had happy endings. I am excited to read the next story in the series to see if each gets her happily ever after. I really liked the exploration of both the physical scars and hidden scars of Viola and Jack. The setting is perfect for the character growth and mysteries surrounding the characters. I could also envision strolling along the sea with the sisters. The spiritual truths are also well woven and do not feel preachy. I really enjoyed this novel and cannot wait to read the next one in the series. Most highly recommended!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers, courtesy of Austen Prose Tours with Laurel Ann Nattress. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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