Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Silent Governess
An absolute masterpiece of historical fiction!
The Silent Governess is a beautifully written tale of mystery, romance, family secrets, friendship and faith set in a nineteenth century manor house.
By chance circumstance Olivia Keene overhears a secret of Lord Bradley. Compelled to take a post in his home, while she hides a secret of her own, she is quickly accepted by the other servants as well as the children.
The characters are deep, rich, and intriguing. The plot is full of unexpected twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.
Set in a time where women were ladies, men were gentlemen, and propriety was held in high regard Julie Klassen does a fabulous job of clearly describing the inner working of an English manor house. The intricacies of the relationships between the servant, the governess, and the lords and ladies are brought to light in great detail. Quotes at the beginning of each chapter from writings of the time provide background for each chapter and shed light on what the roles of each character would have been.
If you love historical fiction set in the Regency era, you will love this book.
While I did receive a complimentary review copy of this book, it in no way influenced my opinion of it.