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The Painter’s Daughter.
slow-blooming romance in this compelling
tale of the search for a meaningful calling,
and of women who will risk everything for
their children. —Carolyn Richard
By Julie Klassen.
Dec. 2015. 464p. Bethany, paper, $14.99
(9780764210723); e-book (9781441228802).
Captain Stephen Overtree has always
been his older brother Wesley’s keeper. Case
in point: Stephen, who is on leave from the
or letter for Stephen. Instead, Stephen discovers that Wesley had a brief affair with Sophie
Dupont and left her with a very tangible reminder of the time they spent together. As an
honorable man, Stephen has no choice but
to offer to marry Sophie, but will their marriage in name only be the start of something
wonderful, or something they both will come
to regret? Christy Award–winning Klassen
(Lady Maybe, 2015) draws on Jane Austen’s
impeccably crafted novels in her latest richly
nuanced and superbly written inspirational
Regency romance. —John Charles
YA: Klassen’s inspirational tale offers
teen romance fans the perfect synthesis of
realistic historical facts and a sigh-worthy
love story. JC.
Until the Dawn.
By Elizabeth Camden.
Dec. 2015. 352p. Bethany, paper, $14.99
(9780764217203); e-book (9781441228871).
A skeleton staff has been responsible for
the upkeep of Dierenpark, a mansion in the
Hudson River Valley, after it was abandoned.
Sophie van Riijn, a local girl who cooks for
the staff, set up a weather station on the
roof, and for nine years she has arrived every morning to take readings and transmit
them to the government’s newly established
Weather Bureau. Then in 1898, Quentin
and his young son, Pieter, visit the estate—
the first Vandermarks at Dierenpark in 60
years—and everything changes. Sophie’s
unfailingly positive attitude and quiet faith
irritate Quentin, but he needs someone to
tutor Pieter and to cook, so he hires her to
come in each day. Sophie is horrified to learn
that Quentin plans to blow up the estate
to end the family curse. When secrets from
the past are revealed, can she convince him
to change his mind? Camden’s (Beyond All
Dreams, 2014) gentle inspirational romance
is well researched and has a little bit of everything: science, magic, history, and suspense.
A good recommendation for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen. —C. L. Quillen