Julie Klassen is like me, a fan of Jane Austen; I am also a fan of Julie Klassen. I have loved every book she has written, here are my favorite 7seven books by Julie Klassen.
- The Silent Governess– Olivia and Edward are both living with important secrets. When Olivia over hears Edward’s secret he is determined to speak with her, however she is immediately taken to jail where she is attacked. Due to the attack Olivia is unable to speak, she has lost her voice. Edward still doesn’t know why she was lurking outside his home, he decides she must stay at his estate until her voice returns and he can get some answers.
- The Secret of Pembrooke Park– Abigail blames herself for her families current money problems, and is determined to make their transition of circumstances as painless as possible. Their family is offered the use of a country manor house from an anonymous distant relative. Abigail goes ahead to get things prepared for the rest of the family while her sister enjoys the social season in town. When Abigail arrives at Pembrooke Park it is clear that something alarming happened there eighteen years earlier.
- The Girl in the Gatehouse– This was the first Julie Klassen book I read and it was a great introduction to this author. Mariah has been rejected by her family for mistakes she made in her past. When a distant family member offers her the use of her gatehouse, Mariah takes the offer. Not long after arriving her Aunt dies leaving her, an old trunk and a man servant. Mariah is also left at the mercy of her step-cousin who believes a treasure is hiding on the property. Mariah has been noticing some weird things going on, and she has to keep her Aunt’s secrets as well as her own.
- The Maid of Fairbourne Hall– Margaret has always had the convenience of a lady’s maid, but when she decides to escape a marriage to a man she doesn’t trust Margaret must take a job as housemaid. When Margaret was offered the job as housemaid she thought it was the only way to keep herself safe, and how hard can being a housemaid be? Unfortunately the home in which she was employed is the home of brothers one she thinks she loves and the other who used to love her.
- The Apothecary’s Daughter- Lillian is the daughter of widower and local apothecary, and she loves everything about helping him in his shop, she can’t actually apprentice with him but she can unofficially learn everything he knows. Lillian is offered the opportunity be educated in London by her mother’s sister, so she takes it, while there she is presented to society. When her dad becomes sick she is torn between her old life and her new life. I want to also say, that at the very end of the book a revelation is made that completely surprised me, and I am not easily surprised.
- The Tutor’s Daughter– Emma’s father is hired to be the private teacher for the two younger sons of a Baronet. Her father hasn’t been himself since his academy failed, so Emma goes with him to assist in his teaching job. Emma remembers the Baronet’s older sons from when they attended her father’s academy. From the moment they arrived suspicious and dangerous things start happening on the estate.
- The Painter’s Daughter– Sophie has allowed her emotions to get the better of her and now she is going to have to pay the price. Stephen doesn’t blame Sophie for the situation his brother put her in, but being a man of honor he can not leave her alone. Sophie and Stephen are now forced into a marriage and a sort of deception neither were ready for.
If you have never read a book by Julie Klassen, and you love Jane Austen, then give one of these books a try. They are all fun and entertaining.