The Silent Governess

by Lauren


In 2007, I set out to read all of Jane Austen’s novels, and by sometime in 2008, I finished. Since that time, I enjoy an occasional visit to Jane’s England by rereading her works or through new fiction set in the Regency Period.

Julie Klassen is quickly becoming one of my favorite Regency authors. I heard about her first book, The Lady of Milkweed Manor, when Jennifer reviewed it at 5 Minutes for Mom. Then, I read The Apothecary’s Daughter and reviewed it at 5 Minutes for Books. After immensely enjoying her first two books, I jumped at the chance to read The Silent Governess, Julie Klassen’s latest work.

The Silent Governess is the story of Miss Olivia Keene, a young lady who dreams of operating her own school for girls. After difficult circumstances force her to flee her home, she finds herself in even more danger when she overhears the secret of Lord Bradley, the heir of Brightwell Court. Lord Bradley forces Miss Keene into service in the nursery where he can keep an eye on her, but he becomes increasingly interested in Miss Keene and wonders about the secret she is hiding as well.

The Silent Governess is a tale filled with secrets and a story that demonstrates that we can never leave our past completely behind. I lost myself in the pages and could easily picture myself walking the hallways of Brightwell Court with the characters. The Silent Governess is a delightful page-turner, and although I figured out some aspects of the story on my own, Julie Klassen saved some surprising twists and turns for the end!

At the risk of sounding simplistic, I really, really liked this book! Because I enjoyed it so much, I am excited to feature it as this week’s Wednesday giveaway so that one of you can win a copy of your own. Whether you enjoy Jane Austen’s England, or you just like a good suspenseful, romantic story, The Silent Governess is a great addition to any reading list.

If you would like to win a copy of this book, please leave a comment on this post.

The winner of The Water Giver is #10 Linda.

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Lauren is a wife, a mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows. Lauren thanks Bethany House for providing the review copy of this book.

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1 Beth January 20, 2010 at 1:47 am

I have enjoyed Julie Klausen’s books and The Lady of Milkweed Manor is my favorite. The Silent Governess looks like a great read.

2 edj January 20, 2010 at 5:25 am

I like Jane Austen, so I’m ready to give this one a try!

3 Amber January 20, 2010 at 8:48 am

I just finished The Apothecary’s Daughter. It was absolutely wonderful!! I would love to win a copy of the Silent Governess!

4 Jana (sidetrack'd) January 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

Ohh…I would like to read this one. I’m a long-time Austen fan, and have really enjoyed Klassen’s first two books.

5 Jen Thomas January 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

This book sounds right up my alley. I’d love it.

6 Liz January 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

Everyone who has reviewed this book seems to really like it. I’ve never read anything by this author, but I would enjoy winning a free copy to see if she’s an author I would like to read more of.

7 Rita January 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

This book sounds perfect for my daughter who loves to read and whose birthday is coming up.
Thank you!

8 Laura January 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

This sounds interesting. It’s not a genre I have read in before.

9 Jodie January 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

These look great. I can’t wait to check out this author!

10 Christine Jensen January 20, 2010 at 10:57 am

OOh, I would LOVE to read this book! I am a hUGE Austen fan so this sounds right up my ally!

11 Barbara H. January 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

This sounds interesting! I read the Jane Austen books over the last couple of years and loved them.

12 Mary January 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm

The Silent Governess sounds exciting and romantic. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

13 Lisa January 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Gotta read that Silent Governess! You’d probably enjoy The Nightingales about Florence Nightingales family–of that era and very good reading.

14 Jen January 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Count me in! Like the new look BTW!

15 Linda Kish January 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I would love to read this book

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16 Marj M. January 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Definately sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance.

17 Becky January 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

What a great giveaway. This book has been on my Amazon wishlist since it came out. I also love all of Julie Klassen’s books so far! Thank you!

18 Melissa Nunley January 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I love books like this :)

19 Michelle January 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

This is a great giveaway. I just finished The Apothecary’s Daughter on Monday for my book club. It was a great read.

20 enyl January 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Suprisingly enough some of my student’s have become rabid about regency period novels; this would make a great addition to my classroom library.

21 Benita G. January 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

This book sounds like great fun. I’d love to read it.


22 Cassandra January 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I would love to win this book! I love historicals and I love Jane Austen. I’ll have to check to see if my library has any of this author’s books.

23 Beth C January 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I’d really like to be entered for this. Thanks!

24 Sheri January 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I just finished The Apothecary’s Daughter and loved it. I plan on reading The Lady of Milkweed Manor next and would love to read The Silent Governess!!

25 Rachel January 21, 2010 at 1:17 am

I love hystoric novels, so bad that beetwen my clases, and the clinics (I’m a med student) I dont have very much time. I plan to read as much I can from Agatha Christi. I just finish “The secret adversary” and i liked very much. I’ll love to read this book.

26 Stacy January 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’d love to be entered! She’s an author I’ve been wanting to read, all of her books have sounded good. This one sounds especially great, since my maiden name was Keene, LOL! :)

27 Carolyn January 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

Please enter me! I don’t know Klassen, yet!

28 Anita Yancey January 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

Sounds like a very good read. I enjoy historical novels. Please enter me. Thanks!

29 Annette W January 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I do like a well written historical book! Thanks!

30 katklaw777 January 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I do like learning about a new author, this sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

31 CherylS22 January 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm

This looks like a book I’d like to read – Please count me in!

32 Wendy M January 23, 2010 at 12:32 am

This book sounds wonderful, and is the type of book I love to read.

33 Lisa writes... January 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

I’ve never read anything by this author! Will definitely check it out! Thanks for the review…

34 Judy Dudley January 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Yes, please sign me up! Sounds like a good one.

35 Angela January 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I love Jane Austen and would love to try this book! Thank you!

36 Marcella January 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

This sounds so good! It would be wonderful to win a copy…

37 Heather Gardner January 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Would love to be entered :)

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