Guru Book Review of The Tutor’s Daughter

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Greetings Gorgeous Mama.

How bout a Guru Book Review to start your day off right?

In this season of my life, thangs are crazy!

I don’t have time for a book that I can’t get lost in.  I want no part of a super-sappy romance, predicable storylines, or a novel that doesn’t capture my attention within the first chapter.

I know, I know.  I’m tough.  But hey, I don’t have time for nonsense and I know you don’t either.  There’s nothing like a great literature review to save you time and money for the good stuff.  🙂












Guru Book Review by Author, Julie Klassen

I adore historical fiction, partly because I’m a history nut but also because I don’t feel as if my time spent reading has been a frivolous, time-waster.  Even though the characters may be fictitious, there is always some accuracy of the time period, background and/or the story itself.

Let me start by saying that this author stole my heart when I read, The Apothecary’s Daughter  A Guru book review is coming for that one but just know this, I could not put it down.   That’s a rare find, my friend, to find a book that can capture the attention of this uber-distracted Mama.

Julie Klassen has a gift of drawing you smack dab into the tale as if you are walking alongside the intriguing characters yourself and she’s a genius with the historical accuracy.    This novel is full of mystery and a serious, page-turner.  Check out the book trailer:


Trouble viewing?  Watch The Tutor’s Daughter Book Trailer

Emma Smallwood is very close to her aging, widowed Father and both have the gift of educating children.   When Mr. Smallwood is requested to come to the cliff-top manor of a baronet to tutor his two young sons, Emma accompanies him and upon arrival, they find complicated relationships, mysterious family secrets, and even danger.  

The baronet has two older sons that were Emma’s schoolmates as well.  The relationship that she has with each of them is completely different and quite interesting as Emma is a sweet character with great intelligence and spirited independence.  With her quick mind, she tries to keep everything under control and/or figure things out but sometimes you just have to trust God instead.

I must admit that I have a writer’s quirk of trying to figure out the author’s path and how the storyline will end.   I’m pretty darn good at it, too.  

Best thing about this novel?  

I was way off base about how several things worked out like who is playing tricks on Emma, the reason for the secrets in the Weston family, and all the mystery surrounding Ebbington Manor.  Unpredictable, that’s a refreshing change.  

What a fabulous surprise.  


Verdict of the Guru Book Review?

The How-to Guru gives this book two thumbs up!

giftRight now, The Tutor’s Daughter is included in the Valentine’s prize pack for an Amazing Mama or you can purchase your own copies to read yourself and give away as wonderful gifts for your bestest girl-buddies.

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Published on HuffPost and Okefenokee Living Magazine and other publications, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist and lover of all things ‘calm & cozy home.’

She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about southern family destinations and creating cozy homes they can’t wait to go home to.

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  1. Carol Smith
    February 3, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Sounds like this will be a great read. Thank you for sharing the review and for including a book trailer.

    • Shan
      February 3, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks, it’s great.

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