Devonshire, England, 1815: Sophie Dupont helps her father with his artwork all the while keeping her own private. That is not her only secret, there is another that she has kept secret from everyone including Wesley Overtree, the man she loves. When Wesley leaves the country Sophie is left in a troubling situation and she does not know what to do.
Captain Steven Overtree has been sent to Devonshire to bring his brother home. Discovering he is gone and learning of Sophie’s situation he offers to marry her which she accepts. What will happen to this marriage in name only? Find out in The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen.
I enjoyed this book. Klassen gives an interesting view of the artist’s life as well as how certain circumstances were viewed in the early 1800’s. I liked her look at military life as well. With each of her novels Klassen writes in the same time period, but by focusing on a different subject each one is unique.
In her previous novels Klassen writes from the perspective of the two main characters, in this one however, she writes from three. This gives a better picture of what is going on and each of the characters’ motives.
Keeping an oath no matter what is a major theme in this book. Both Stephen and Sophie face tremendous pressure as a result of their marriage to break their vows.
On the whole this is an enjoyable book. I give it four and a half out of five stars.
Soli Deo Gloria!