This book by Julie Klassen is about the complicated relationships between Sophia Dupont and the Overtree brothers, Stephen and Wesley. Sophie assists her painter father in his studio and pursues her own passion for art. She meets Wesley who, as an accomplished painter himself, uses her as his muse. Their friendship starts out above board but eventually she allows herself to submit to the passion building between them. When he leaves abruptly for Italy with little more than a note, she is left devastated and confused as to how to handle her situation which is sure to bring scandal to her family. Captain Stephen Overtree, meets Sophie while on a quest to locate his brother and learns of his brother’s betrayal and Sophie’s condition. He offers her a proposal of marriage to save her from scandal. Sophie accepts his proposal with little time to think of any consequences because the Captain has to soon return to battle and she could not risk waiting for whenever Wesley decided to return. Stephen and Sophie spend their honeymoon time living a facade since they were married “in name only.” When Stephen returns to battle and Wesley returns, Sophie is torn between her love for Wesley and her commitment to her marriage vows.
I am never disappointed with Julie Klassen books and this one was no exception! The cover is beautiful! The regency setting is always a favorite of mine. The author does a great job of weaving secrets, scandal, mystery, and romance into a story. Biblical gospel is shared and discussed between some characters but not in a way that is overwhelming or intimidating to someone who is not a Christian. Themes of forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love are carried through the story line. There are a couple of passionate scenes that were very tastefully written. I read the majority of this book in one sitting (staying awake until 2 am to finish it!) and it left me wanting to read more! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves regency era romantic fiction!
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The Painter’s Daughter
By Julie Klassen / Bethany House