"The Tutor's Daughter" by Julie Klassen is an excellent book! I have read several of Julie Klassen's books before and had high expectations on this book. These expectations were exceeded! A book of fine quality and obvious research, this book was accurate, historically, as far as I could tell, and had an interesting plot that will hook you from the start.
Emma Smallwood and her father run a small, private school. When all their students have left, and Emma senses her father getting somewhat depressed, she contacts the father of two of her previous students, knowing he has two more sons, and asking whether or not he is interested in having them attend the Smallwood school. She receives a letter back inviting the Smallwoods to his (the Weston) estate, and Emma and her father pack their bags.
Phillip and Henry Weston remember their childhood teacher and his daughter, and are pleased, for the most part, to see the Smallwoods again. Both find that they think of Emma fondly.
Not only does Emma have to deal with seeing the elder Weston sons again, one whom she was great friends with and the other who always played practical jokes on her, but there are several mysterious noises at the Weston estate. She senses that the Westons are hiding things from her, and is suspicious. Beyond that, Emma keeps hearing someone in her bedroom at night. Will she figure out what is going on, as well as which brother to trust with her heart?
Thank you so much to Net Galley and Bethany House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. This was one of the best books I have read in a while, because of not only the mystery but the depth of the characters and the plot.