“Oh, God, don’t let it be too late for us. Bring him home to me. Give us another chance,” Sophie prays ardently in Julie Klassen’s novel, The Painter’s Daughter.
~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-sixty-four-page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romance regarding family dilemmas. Containing no profanity or explicit sexual scenes, the topic of unplanned pregnancy and marital infidelity may not be appropriate for immature readers. An author’s note, ten discussion questions, the author’s biography, and advertisements complete the book.
In this story set in 1815 in England, Sophie Dupont is at a crossroads in her life and has few options. Being the daughter of a painter, she helps her father by painting backgrounds on his artwork, only to find herself in love with Wesly Overtree, a carefree artist ever-seeking his perfect muse.
When Wesley abruptly leaves, Sophie is more than challenged as she must decide if she should marry Captain Stephen Overtree, Wesley’s younger brother, to protect herself from shame and ridicule.
After eloping with Stephen, the young bride lives at the Overtree estate while her husband goes off to war, wondering what Stephen’s real intentions are, especially when Wesley is back in the picture and finds her married to his brother.
~ Why ~
The intertwined lives of family relations come to a head in this novel that shows how God is with us through both hard and good times as we trust in Him. The dynamics between several characters in love shows how God works all to His glory although we falter consistently.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like romantic historical fiction set in early nineteenth century England may pass on this read. Although engaging at times, the ending is predictable.
~ Who ~
Fan of Jane Eyre and Jane Austen, author Klassen worked in the publishing business for sixteen years and has won three Christy Awards for her historical romance novels. She and her family live in Minnesota.
~ Wish ~
I occasionally found the storyline a bit unrealistic with Sophie quickly making decisions about what she wanted. However, it may be well-founded how women handled scandals to protect their image during the period. There is plenty of unanswered questions regarding some characters that could be continued in a sequel.
~ Want ~
If you enjoy the rolling hills of England while Napoleon was being defeated and appearances mattered socially, this historical romance may get you wrapped up in a woman’s life, loves, and choices.
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