The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It's where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she's beautiful.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother's neglected duties. Home on leave, he's sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter's daughter. He's startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him--one of Wesley's discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

 About Julie:

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. She blogs at
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.  

My Take ~

Absolutely Amazing! This is Julie at her best! Sophie's story is rich in character that keeps giving as you read, you want to continue reading because the story pulls you towards it. Finishing it was sad because I loved the characters and didn't want it to end, on the other hand it was like eating a really good meal and you just want to savor it. That is how I felt as I turned the last page. 
I highly recommend this book!


Day 6/366 of Days of Words

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Once again her mother burst into her room. “Gianna Louise get up now! You have an appointment with Doctor Rivera in thirty minutes.” Gianna sat up and rubbed her eyes. Yes, Mama, it won’t take me long to get dressed.” “Fine, I’ll meet you downstairs at the car.” Gianna didn’t answer she let her getting up and dressing speak for her. Her mother got the hint and stormed out of the room. Gianna had never been able to figure her out. She was angry all the time and her anger seemed to always be directed at her. If anyone had a reason to be angry at someone it was her, her mother never believed her and it was always her fault.

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

Friday, February 5, 2016

Los Angeles, Present Day. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind  ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie…

Los Angeles, 1938.  Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her  dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet…until each woman’s deepest desires collide.  What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future. 

About Susan:

Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses.
Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.

She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When she is not working on a new novel, she is directing the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoy teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with my family, music, reading great books, and traveling.

My Thoughts:

This story took my breath away. I am a huge Gone With the Wind fan, as well as a avid reader of Susan's books. I was transported to the set of Gone With the Wind, I felt as though I was right there with Vivian Leigh along with Violet and Audrey.  The friendship between Audrey and Violet was a true picture of a friendship, that I was able to watch ebb and flow as all true friendships do. 
This book is a beautiful book of friendship, Hollywood in the golden age, it will sweep you away to another place and time, and never want it to end.

Highly recommended!!!


Day 3/366 Days of Words

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gianna’s alarm went off at six thirty that morning and the last thing she wanted to do was get out of bed, however if she didn’t a doctor’s appointment would be waiting for her and the last thing she wanted to do was to go to the doctor. She felt nauseous just rolling over and turning off her alarm, how she was going to make it through a full day of school she had no clue. Her door flew open, she took in a breath, and her hand flew to her chest as her mother entered her room. “Good morning, Gianna, how are you feeling? I trust better than earlier.” Knowing her answer would end in a doctor’s appointment she shook her head no anyway. “I am sorry to hear that, I will call Dr. Rivera and see if I can get you an appointment today, hopefully this morning since I have volunteering at the church this afternoon.” Gianna nodded, it was taking everything she could not to roll her eyes, it seemed like when it came to her mother she always came last. On a positive note she would be able to go back to sleep until her mother made an appointment.

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Days 1 & 2 of 366 Days of Words

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gianna rounded the corner to her room and was abruptly met by her mother, who looked less than pleased with her. “Mama, you scared me, is everything okay? You look upset.” “Yes, I am upset. I have been woken up by your constant moving about, why are you up and making so much noise?” Gianna stared at her feet and chewed on her bottom lip, something she did when she was nervous. “Gianna Louise, what in the world is wrong with you?” “Mama, I don’t know. I’ve been throwing up since I got home from school, and I have no idea why.”  “Instead of all this back and forth let’s go downstairs and get you some soda water and see if that settles your stomach.” Following behind her mother, Gianna walked down the stairs and into the kitchen. Light streamed in from the street light and moon into the kitchen giving them enough light to find their way around the large kitchen. Picking up a glass off of the kitchen counter and the bottle of soda water from under the counter, opening the bottle her mother poured her a glass. “Here, drink this. If you are still sick in the morning I’ll take you to see Dr. Rivera.” Slowly drinking the water she was starting to feel a little better. She was really tired and just wanted to go to bed. Finishing the water Gianna put the glass down, looked at her mother, and said “Mama, I am very tired and I am going to go back to bed.” Her mother nodded and she guided Gianna up the stairs. Gianna shuffled to her room and collapsed onto her bed and was fast asleep. 

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