Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Silent Governess

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Silent Governess

Bethany House; Original edition (January 1, 2010)


Julie Klassen


Julie says: My background is in advertising and marketing, but I am blessed with a dream job—working as an editor of Christian fiction. I have been writing since childhood, but Lady of Milkweed Manor was my first novel. It was a finalist for a Christy Award and won second place in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards. My second novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year awards. I am currently writing one novel a year.

I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends.

My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.


Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his.

But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything--his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.

He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.

Moving, mysterious, and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in an English manor house where all is not as it appears.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of The Silent Governess, go HERE. You can also sign up as a Follower when you get to that page, and get announcements of the first chapters for all the great books we tour!

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen is another stellar addition to the author's works. Olivia Keene fled her home after her attempt to rescue her mother left a man unconscious and bleeding. While looking for a safe place to hide, she is arrested for trespassing at Brightwell Court. Lord Bradley has his reasons for not prosecuting Olivia's law-breaking, and when she is struck mute after another accident, both Olivia and Lord Bradley are pleased that she can't speak about who she is or what she's seen. Klassen is a fresh voice in historical Christian fiction. Her stories are never cliched, characters never stereotypes, and her faith never used as a weapon. Her writing sucks me in so completely that I often have to give myself a good shake to bring myself back to the real world. Klassen is the rare author whose books I want to pass out to everyone I know.

I'm taking Mia to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tonight. The local late-run theater is running a special with up to four free admissions. So we're having a girls' night out: shopping at Wal-Mart (big spender that I am!), and I'll spring for supper at the show.