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The painter's daughter /

"In 1815, a painter's daughter on the north Devon coast agrees to marry a stranger to avoid scandal, but her choice is complicated by the return of a former lover and a growing affection for the husband she barely knows."-- Full description

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Published: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2015
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Julie Klassen Is the Gold Standard for Inspirational Regency Fiction
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.
Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.
Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Captain Stephen Overtree has always been his older brother Wesley's keeper. Case in point: Stephen, who is on leave from the British Army, must now travel to Devonshire to track down Wesley, who is there to paint, and bring him back home so that he can help run the family estate. When Stephen arrives in Lynmouth, however, he discovers that Wesley has already left for Italy. Of course, Wesley left no note or letter for Stephen. Instead, Stephen discovers that Wesley had a brief affair with Sophie Dupont and left her with a very tangible reminder of the time they spent together. As an honorable man, Stephen has no choice but to offer to marry Sophie, but will their marriage in name only be the start of something wonderful, or something they both will come to regret? Christy Award-winning Klassen (Lady Maybe, 2015) draws on Jane Austen's impeccably crafted novels in her latest richly nuanced and superbly written inspirational Regency romance.--Charles, John Copyright 2015 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Sophie Dupont is a woman with an uncertain future. After her relationship with the feckless Wesley Overtree ends with a note that he's sailed to Italy, Sophie realizes she is with child. Devastated yet hopeful he will return, she is surprised by the arrival of Wesley's younger brother, Capt. Stephen Overtree. Known to his men as Captain Black for his moods and brusque manner, Stephen demands a marriage of convenience to save Sophie from scandal. Now married to a man she doubts she can ever love, Sophie secretly wishes for Wesley. However, as time passes, Sophie finds herself more in love with the enigmatic captain. Stephen is then deployed with his regiment to battle Napoleon, and Wesley returns, determined to have Sophie back. VERDICT In this gorgeous story of love and redemption, Klassen (Lady Maybe) spins a tale of secrets and deception, coupled with unexpected plot twists and a swoon-worthy ending; giving readers more evidence as to why she's a fan favorite. Readers of inspirational Regency romances will clamor for this title. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Julie Klassen is a bestselling, award winning author. She graduated from the University of Illinois and worked in publishing for sixteen years in advertising and as a fiction editor.

Klassen's books, The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Silent Governess won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards. Julie is also the author of Lady of Milkweed Manor, which was a finalist for the Christy award, The Apothecary's Daughter, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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