Amidst a backdrop of secrecy a young girl crosses class barriers to find love on the rugged Cornwall coast.
Emma Smallwood has lost her mother. Her bereaved father is a tutor by profession and as his assistant she's seen her quota of prankster boys. When she and her father are invited to live with the Westons to tutor the younger sons, Emma's recollection conjures up all the tricks the eldest, Henry Weston, a former pupil, had up his sleeve. It was his brother, Phillip, she was sweet on, though she hardly dared to admit it to herself.
Complete with a cold stepmother, a family secret in a forbidden wing of the house, a few harrowing scenes at high tide, and a gentle undertow of the Christian faith, The Tutor's daughter does not disappoint. I'd have to say the only weakness in the story was the reader's being able to gain insight into the hero's point of view a little too soon.
The book's cover cites Jane Eyre the book, Jane Austen the author, and Downton Abbey the latest British PBS series, as influences for the author's former works of historical fiction. Since I am a fan of all three, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest opinion.