The Silent Governess

The Silent Governess

by Julie Klassen


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Believing herself guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home, eventually stumbling upon a grand estate where an elaborate celebration is in progress. But all is not as joyous as it seems.

Lord Bradley has just learned a terrible secret, which, if exposed, will change his life forever. When he glimpses a figure on the grounds, he fears a spy or thief has overheard his devastating news. He is stunned to discover the intruder is a scrap of a woman with her throat badly injured. Fearing she will spread his secret, he gives the girl a post and confines her to his estate. As Olivia and Lord Bradley's secrets catch up with them, will their hidden pasts ruin their hope of finding love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764207075
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 444
Sales rank: 185,977
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

Julie Klassen is an editor and novelist who has worked in Christian publishing for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has a background in advertising. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Silent Governess 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 218 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Julie Klassen has become one of my new favorite historical fiction writers. Her books bring to life Regency England and make reading history fun even for those who normally hate reading history. In this book, we meet Olivia Keene, a young woman escaping her past who is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. She becomes injured and cannot speak and is placed on the staff at an estate. There she meets Edward, who is the heir of the estate who has his own secretive past. The two soon find out that they are connected because of this past and seek to find out why all the secrets had to exist. This book totally plays out like a gothic romance or something akin to a Jane Austen novel. Klassen brings to life both the aristocrats and the servants by allowing to reader to see behind the scenes of life at an estate. I enjoyed reading about what it was like to be a governess in that time period and the solitary lifestyle they were supposed to live was sad. It was different from the life of a teacher because you were there 24/7 and had no contact with the outside world or even the adults in the house. My favorite part of the book was the transformation of Croome throughout the story. I was convinced from the beginning of the book that he was a dodgy character that was up to no good and could be potentially harmful to both Olivia and Edward. As the story progressed, we see that armor that's been protecting him all these years begin to chip away slowly to reveal a character that's not what he seems. It was definitely one of the best transformations in a story complete with heartache, humor and joy. What I like best about Klassen's books is that she weaves a mystery inside all her historical tales. They are done extremely well, to the point where (and shame on me) I HAVE to peek at the end to find out what really happens. This is no fault to the author as the storyline is written very well. I'm just very impatient and want to find out the ending very quickly. I was pleasantly surprised with the ending on this one. It was not what I had expected and I had to flip back to see what I had missed. Also there is not a heavy focus on romance. While the subject is there and a good deal of the plot is focused on it, the story is not a regency romance and more attention is paid to the mystery. There are a few slow sections in the book that do drag on a little, mainly because the action does not take place in the central location. They are not really a bother, but I did find myself wanting to get back to the heart of the story. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline is intriguing, the characters engaging and the setting just sumptuous. I can easily see myself transported back to this time period and living among the characters. Julie's books have been a delight to read and I eagerly await her next offering. If you are a big fan of Regency novels, this is a must read.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel. I loved the characters, the plot. it was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Julie Klassen is my absolute favorite! I have read all four of her books, and this one is my most favorite. I especially liked the story line & plot. I was on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE time I first read the book. Since then, I have re-read it several times and loved it every time. I would definitely recommend this book as a good mystery/suspense/romance read. AWESOME book!! :D
Orla More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end. There were certain twists and turns in the story that had me gasping in surprise. With Julie Klassen's book I can lose track of time and found out that I have been reading for hours. Julie is a wonderful writer and she has made it to my list of top 5 favorite authors. I can't wait for her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Klassen's books, and they're all phenomenal. However, this one outshines the rest in terms of realistic characterization, mystery, suspense, and drama. Klassen beautifully weaves the themes of identity and trust into this novel where no one is who they seem to be. Though I'm looking forward to future books from Klassen, it's hard to imagine that any will outshine this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all her books but this is my favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have now read all of Julie Klassen's books and I think I like this one best of all! Exceptional character development and very interesting story line - I hope Ms. Klassen writes another book soon! I have loved each of them!
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE SILENT GOVERNESS by Julie Klassen is an Inspirational fiction romance. It is written with rich detail of the Regency era. It gives insight into the family members, the governess and other servants in the household during this era. The story has romance, intrigue, mystery, family secrets, faith, friendship and loyalty. It will capture you from the first page until the last. The main characters are realistic and charming. The secondary characters are charming and enchanting they help carry the story along. This is a delightful story with wonderful characters. If you enjoy the Regency era, history, romance and mystery you will totally enjoy this one. It is a keeper. I would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed trying to figure out this story. Some I guessed and some surprised me. Good read and neat characters!
Kala Butler More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and very well written!
Danny_R22 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I have read all of Julie Klassen's books and this one is my favorite. This book was so well written and you fall easily in love with the characters. I could not put this book down and I loved the connection and love that was built between the two main characters. I can not wait for her to write her next book! You must read this!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story so much the characters revisited me in my dreams. I grew to love them all. I was saddenened when my fears of the blackmailers was confirmed.
Dagogerm More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a strong female character. The story had a beginning, middle and end. The Lord Bradley character was a little weak, but Olivia's strength made up for it. A very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely worth reading and buying. I ABSOLUTELY loved this book very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so twisted and always throws you for a loop every time you think you figured it out. I adore Julie Klassen's books. I have never been dissapointed by any of her writings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me from page one, I didn't want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! Like my favorite book ever!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character, Olivia, is very likeable. I found that she got into trouble quite often - even realized that she would wind up in trouble if she continued on her chosen path - but she did it anyway. Quite remarkable for someone in this timeframe to be female, yet take so many chances. The story line was very intriguing and kept my interest from beginning to end. I did not put the book down until I had read it completely. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I was able to figure out all the twists and turns of the plot and found that I did not have many surprises waiting at the end. BUT, with that said - I would read it again and will certainly pick up another Julie Klassen regency book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I enjoyed this book so very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love her stories, detailed and complex but delivering a simple story. (and beautiful happy endings)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the beginning. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys mysteries and romance. I couldn't put this book down until the end which I am very satisfied with also. All in all, an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the "Girl in the Gatehouse" and "The Apothecary's Daughter" more but this was a good read too. I believe it lagged in the middle a little... with her pretending to be "mute" which seems a little too far-fetched. But what are we reading for but to suspend belief a little?
georgiana_2012 More than 1 year ago
this book is an excellent read!! really it is. i read it and i LOVED it!! it is clean and wholesome and funny......i reccommend it to everyone!! i love to just escape the trials of everyday life and this is the perfect type of read for that.