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Dancing Master   New!
 

Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch's daughter. Though he's initially wary of Julie Midwinter's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul—and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master—a man her mother would never approve of—but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec's help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village . . . and to her mother's tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a "good match" in Regency England.

For Reading Groups:
Discussion Questions are included in the back of the book to facilitate book club conversations.

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The Dancing Master will begin shipping in mid-December. Pre-order now from your local bookstore or from online retailers such as:

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Reviews:

"Multiple Christy Award-winning Klassen once again demonstrates her gift for creating richly layered characters and skillfully integrating a multitude of fascinating historical facts into a spirited story that will have wide appeal to both inspirational fans as well as readers who enjoy sweet historical romances."
--John Charles, Booklist, about The Dancing Master

"A fantastic read. Every time I was sure I had figured out the twisty-turny plot, the story would take another turn to prove me wrong. I loved it!"
--Author Michelle Griep, about The Dancing Master

Five Star Review
"This novel's beyond a read, it's an experience. As a retired teacher I found this historical tutor tale a wealth of educational interest. There's a secret or more at Ebbington Manor—things appear—others disappear. Such a mystery, with conflicting suspects that Cornwall's best constable would be hard pressed to solve. Action turns sinister when times become desperate. Then as waves smash agains Cornwall's rocky shore The Tutor's Daughter becomes a thriller."
--Alan Daugherty, columnist, "Angelkeep Journals"

"While I love all of Julie's books, it seems that her books just keep getting better and better with more complex plots and unexpected surprises. The Tutor's Daughter not only kept me up late at night, but I'd often sneak a page or two throughout the day so that I could continue reading the book. Overall, this is an exceptional book and one that I would highly recommend to anyone that loves Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Christian fiction, Historical fiction, loves a great storyline, loves to read.....you get the point...buy the book!"
--Booksintheburbs

"Christy winner Klassen mines another gem of a story from the rich Regency vein. In a tale of disguise and transformation with echoes of The Prince and the Pauper...Margaret's character and judgment are enriched as she works for a living. The upstairs-downstairs dynamic of the upper and serving classes puts meat on the story's bones. The reliable Klassen has produced a well-realized genre winner in which Christian elements are subtle and historically appropriate."
--Publishers Weekly, about The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

"Romance, mystery and secrets.... Klassen always brings freshness to her stories. Some Regency-era novels have stuffy, hands-off characters, but her characters are warm, witty and have style..."
--Patsy Glans, Romantic Times, 4.5 stars for The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

"This book has scandal, mystery, secrets and a budding romance. The characters are written in such detail the reader will forget they are fictional! Klassen has outdone herself with this latest novel. Her writing is comparable to Jane Austen's. She writes with passion and readers will not be able to put this book down."
--Romantic Times gave The Girl in the Gatehouse 4.5 stars and named it a "Top Pick"

" Christy and RITA nominee Klassen creates a wonderful cast of engaging characters while neatly stirring in a generous dash of mystery and danger into the plot of her latest, charmingly romantic inspirational romance."
-- Booklist about The Girl in the Gatehouse

"While Klassen keeps many plot-plates spinning simultaneously, the action is easy to follow and surprises pop as the story ends. ...The author has done her historical homework. Complexity of plot and characterization make this a cut above standard-issue historical romance."
--Publishers Weekly about The Girl in the Gatehouse

"This is an inspired and well-told story of mystery, intrigue and the politics of upstairs and downstairs folk in 19th-century England. The author takes the reader back in time effortlessly. If you enjoy Jane Austen or the Regency period, you will love this book."
--Terri Dukes, Romantic Times Book Reviews about The Silent Governess

"Klassen expertly infuses her Regency-set inspirational tale with a gothic atmosphere, resulting in a sweetly intriguing romance worthy of Victoria Holt."
--John Charles, Booklist, about The Silent Governess

"Klassen's debut novel, Lady of Milkweed Manor, was a Christy Award finalist, and her new Regency promises the same thanks to fine storytelling and knowledge of the apothecary's art. Lillian Haswell yearns to leave her father's apothecary shop in their small town and happily accepts an invitation to live in London. She leaves behind a handicapped brother, friends, her lonely father and memories of her lost mother, but finds that London holds its own troubles. Will Roger Bromley propose? What about the timid physician Adam Graves? And the dastardly Roderick Marlow? Will her humble origins ruin her chances of a good match? Klassen blends her tale well; each ingredient—romance, friendship, healing arts, mystery—is measured to produce a lively, lengthy tale that will satisfy Regency aficionados and general readers, too."
--Publishers Weekly

"The Apothecary's Daughter is another stunning read from Julie Klassen. [She] creates a colorful, realistic world of historic medicinals and the unchanging souls of the people looking for something to make life a little better. It digs deep into the then-rising battle between traditional apothecaries and modern physicians, providing a tension that pulls Lilly straight into its heart. Whether in London or a small rural town, Lilly is a heroine to be admired and loved, even as she falters and stubbornly clings to her own ideas.... Lovers of regencies, historicals, and a really good romance will want to get their hands on this second novel of Julie Klassen's! It'll keep you enthralled, enraptured, and will educate you a little in the process."
--Roseanna White, Christian Review of Books

“A delightful first novel. Julie Klassen weaves a compelling story...fully imagined. I loved it!”
--New York Times Bestselling Author, Beverly Lewis

"The book became positively addictive! I have been impressed with how well Klassen has been able to stay true to the Regency genre….  She has done a fantastic job. Well done!"
--Ellen R. Graf, R.G. Mitchell Family Books Inc.

"Lady of Milkweed Manor captured me from the first page and still hasn’t let go.  Always intrigued by little-known parts of history, the mysterious and shame-filled world of lying-in hospitals, foundling wards, and wet nurses hooked me from the start. Julie Klassen pens a look deep into sacrificial love and complicated lives, bringing to life the heartache and hope of one young girl who had made one huge mistake.  The faith message is understated but ever present, much like it is in writings from the era in which this novel is set. Lady of Milkweed Manor is not to be missed by historical fiction lovers….  This is one novel you’re not going to want to put down until you’ve read the last involving page."
--Roseanna White, Christian Review of Books

In this inspirational historical romance debut novel set in 19th-century England, a young pregnant woman is forced to make difficult choices. Twenty-year-old Charlotte Lamb is the daughter of a heartless English vicar, as we discover when she becomes pregnant and he throws her out of her childhood home. Vulnerable and unprotected, she is forced to a lodging place for unwed mothers. Soon, Lamb must make decisions involving true love and sacrifice, providing many powerful turning points throughout the story. …A bonus is the milkweed poetry, lore and symbolism knitted into the narrative. Both readers of faith fiction and general readers of historical romance should enjoy this lovely first offering from Klassen.
--Publishers Weekly (Jan.)

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The Tutor's Daughter  
     
 
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Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementoes?

The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems—and secrets—of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her....

When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame, and which to trust with her heart?

Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor's Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast—a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions—where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.

For Reading Groups:
Discussion Questions are included in the back of the book to facilitate book club conversations.

Read an Excerpt.

Ready to Buy? The Tutor's Daughter is available from your local bookstore and from online retailers such as:

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The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
Christy Awards
Winner!

Margaret Macy flees London, disguised as a housemaid, to avoid marriage to a dishonorable man. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not at Fairbourne Hall—the home of two former suitors. As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret. When a trap is set to force her from hiding, will love or danger find her first?

For Reading Groups:
Discussion Questions are included in the back of the book to facilitate book club conversations.

Read an Excerpt.

Ready to Buy? The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is available now from your local bookstore and from online retailers such as:

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The Girl in the Gatehouse
Christy Awards
Winner!    
An ambitious captain, a beguiling outcast, and a mysterious gatehouse...
   

Mariah Aubrey lives in seclusion in an abandoned gatehouse on a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant by writing novels in secret, at a time when novel writing was considered improper and unladylike. When wealthy and ambitious Captain Bryant leases the estate, he is intrigued by the beautiful girl in the gatehouse. Will he risk his plans—and his heart—for a woman shadowed by scandal?

For Reading Groups:
Discussion Questions are included in the back of the book to facilitate book club conversations.

Ready to Buy? The Girl in the Gatehouse is available from your local bookstore and from online retailers such as:

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The Silent Governess
 
MN Book Awards
Christy Awards  
Finalist! Winner!

Romance Writers
of America

RITA AWARD

Finalist!

RITA Award  

Olivia Keene is
fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his.

But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything--his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.

He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.

Moving, mysterious and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in an English manor house where all is not as it appears.

For Reading Groups:
Discussion Questions are included in the back of the book to facilitate book club conversations.

Ready to Buy? The Silent Governess is available at your local bookstore and from online retailers such as:


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The Apothecary's Daughter
Lilly
Haswell
remembers
everything—whether
she wants to,
or not....

 

 


As Lilly toils in her father's apothecary, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother's disappearance. Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it. All the while, she dreams of the world beyond—of travel and adventure and romance.

When a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother. But will Lilly find what she is searching for—the truth of the past and a love for the future?

Blending romance, family drama, and fascinating historical detail, The Apothecary's Daughter is a novel to savor and share.

For Reading Groups:
Discussion Questions are included in the back of the book to facilitate book club conversations.

Ready to Buy? The Apothecary's Daughter (ISBN 978-0-7642-0480-7) is available at your local bookstore and from online retailers such as:


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Read an Excerpt.

England Research--See photos and read more about the book's setting.

 
Lady of Milkweed Manor

Romance
and
Drama
in
Regency England

As Charlotte drew closer to the looming grey edifice
 that was to become her temporary home,
she could not help but notice the secretive shuttered windows.
Then she noticed the milkweeds….

Christy Award

Finalist for a Christy Award
for excellence
in Christian fiction

 
 
 

Even a proper vicar's daughter can make a mistake…and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall. To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London's forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face to face with a suitor from her past--a man who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined, with God's help, to protect those they love. But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

From the Publisher:
Author Julie Klassen makes a strong debut with Lady of Milkweed Manor, an engaging story of a once-proper lady who finds herself in a most unexpected situation. With a vivid style that will attract readers of Jane Austen, Victoria Holt, and Lawana Blackwell, Julie Klassen brings a fresh voice to a classic era.

For Reading Groups:
Discussion Questions are included in the back of the book to facilitate book club conversations. Caution—minor spoilers!

Ready to Buy? Lady of Milkweed Manor (ISBN 978-0-7642-0479-1) is available at your local bookstore and from online retailers.

Read an Excerpt.

England Research--See photos and read more about the book's setting.