The Painter's Daughter
By Julie Klassen
Bethany House, 2015, 458 pgs. Romance
Sophie Dupont is the daughter of a painter who is actually a skilled artist herself. She is swept off her feet by the first man to tell her she is beautiful, but soon finds herself abandoned and in a precarious situation. Enter Captain Stephen Overtree, the responsible military man, who believes he won't survive his next battle. He offers to marry Sophie to save her reputation but he does not promise love or even a future together. Sophie has a difficult decision to make and it is made even more difficult when her first love returns.
I loved the tension that the author created between characters and how real they all became. Captain Overtree has a kind and gentle heart, but he has been scarred by war. Sophie longs to find love as she takes responsibility for her error in judgement. Wesley, her first love, is selfish and confused. The Captain's grandfather and sister add variety to the story. The old governess that lives in the attic adds a little mystery. I really enjoyed this clean Regency romance and think it might be my favorite Klassen book so far.