Friday, February 5, 2010

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

Miss Olivia Keene’s life completely changed in a matter of minutes. She is forced to flee her home because of her actions while defending another.  During her search, she meets all manner of people and accidentally overhears a secret conversation.  She is discovered immediately and forced to remain at the Brightwell residence because of the information she knows. While there she is part of the staff and eventually becomes a governess.  However, mystery surrounds the inhabitants of Brightwell and Olivia finds that her life is also woven into the mystery.  Her feelings for the darling children she teaches as well as the man around whom the mystery revolves grow daily and Olivia is faced with choices that will surely affect the entire rest of her life.

I enjoyed The Silent Governess.  In my opinion, the author did a good job of drawing out the mystery throughout the book. In fact, not every question pertaining to the mystery was answered until the very end.  The characters were quite believable, though I would have liked to have seen more of Miss Keene’s feelings relating to Lord Bradley. There were some indications given, but not as many as were given on Lord Bradley’s side. If there is a sequel planned, I think it would be very appropriate as there were some loose ends of the story that were not tied up. What will become of Edward? Will Edward and Olivia find the deeper faith they need?

Overall, it was a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it to fans of historical romance.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."