This book is by the same author who wrote The Girl in the Gatehouse. I will not be reading anymore books by this author. Julie Klassen writes Christian romance novels, and there is nothing wrong with that if that is what you love. I need a little more going on. I do not like erotica books, that is for sure. In erotica people are having sex just because they can, and love does not necessarily have anything to do with it. I realize that there is an audience for erotica, but it simply is not my cup of tea. I do not mind reading romance novels that contain sex scenes. I have literally read hundreds of them since I was 19 years old and read Shana by the late Kathleen Woodiwiss, but erotica is not the same as romance novels. There are certain “formulas” specific to writing romance novels that do not hold for erotica.
Getting back to The Tutor’s Daughter, while I do not like erotica books, this was too much in the other direction for me. I liked the hero and heroine very much. However, what is missing in this entire story is deep passion. Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell were able to bring that to their stories, but maybe the difference is that they did not write Christian romance.
The storyline in this book went on for too long as well. Four hundred pages of twists and turns without any real romance is a bit much. I kept checking to see how many more pages to go until I reached the end of it.
This is not to say that this is not a well written book with good plots. It is just that under 300 pages would have been better. There are Christian overtones, but it comes more so as you pass the halfway mark of the book. The hero mentions that Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins. I love Jesus with all my heart, but I am simply not into all of that. I have an entirely different view of the crucifixion and why it happened. I give this book 2 out of 5 Stars.