Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the Book:
Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It’s where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she’s beautiful.
Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother’s neglected duties. Home on leave, he’s sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter’s daughter. He’s startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him–one of Wesley’s discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.
Can they find happiness despite the trouble that surrounds them?
My last book of 2015. It seems fitting to read this lovely Regency novel to close out the year. Penned with simple prose that will remind you of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, this one is not one for a regency lover to miss. In keeping with the flavor of some of Julie Klassen’s other novels, she addresses the issues that many did not realize were still commonplace during the time period of Jane Austen. Unwed pregnancies, rakish men, and young women that were taken in by them. I found the history of the paintings woven throughout very unique. I felt for the young women of the time period as this story makes their trials very real. Throughout it all, the message of forgiveness, redemption and repentance is woven in.
If you love a well written Regency, pick this one up. It is not one to miss.
In order to purchase… you will find it here. The Painter’s Daughter