The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen ~ Review

The Painter's DaughterLucie's Review:

Sophie Dupont is the painter's daughter, and she often walks the cliffs, which is where she meets Stephen, the brother of the man who loved her and left her with child.

Captain Stephen Overtree is not a stranger to hemming up his brother's loose ends, while in search his brother he comes upon Sophie, a woman that he recognizes from one of his brother's portraits. Upon learning of her condition and his brother's role, he offers her the protection of his name. Stephen can't offer love, but he wants to do something good with his life, and if he dies in battle she will be well provided for. But as they get to know each other the the awkwardness disappears, but when Wesley comes back, Sophie finds herself in a in a love triangle with the man who left her, and the husband that she barely knows...

A well built, character driven story, about forgiveness and powerful unconditional love. Sophie has few friends, so I loved how Mrs. Thompson was quick to offer an ear for listening and to offer her friendship. And Stephen's grandfather is very kind, and is pleased to hear about Sophie and Stephen's marriage, rather than disapproving like many of Stephen's family.

Stephen is a noble man, honor and duty mean a lot to him, and he has been picking up after his reckless brother, since they were boys.  He is a strong man of faith, and he isn't scared to share his faith with his wife. I loved how supportive Stephen is of Sophie's art and encourages her in ways that her father never did.

Overall, this is a well written read, full of drama, surprises, and mystery. Engaging from the beginning, it has a wonderful multi-faceted plot, and engaging and well formed characters. I liked Sophie grew over the course of the book, she becomes involved in Overtree Hall, and comes to find real friends who care for her as she does for them. A fantastic read from beginning to end, with character that will capture your heart and stay long in your memory.

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