Do you have an auto-read author? An author that as soon as they publish something new, you have to read it right away? Julie Klassen is just such an author for me. I was happy to be invited to be a part of the Austenprose PR Book Tour and to be able to post my review on the release day of The Sisters of Sea view.
The Summers Sisters and their Mother are left without a sufficient income at the death of their father. Luckily for them, while their father’s estate was entailed away, he did manage to buy a house on the shores of Devonshire in Sidmouth, Sea View. Sarah, the eldest, is determined to keep the family together and comes up with a plan. Can they open their home to guests in order to stay together and make a living?
Viola and Emily are twins. While Emily loves the spotlight, Viola remains in the shadows wearing a veil. She was born with a harelip which was fixed surgically. She does not want to help with hosting visitors, so she starts to read to invalids for money. Her first client is gruff man in his thirties who has returned with wounds from India. Will she be able to see past his exterior to the man inside?
Georgina is the youngest sister and full of fun. She wonders what happened to her eldest sister, Claire. Claire suddenly left to become a companion to an elderly aunt in Scotland. Why have they never heard from her again?
I loved, loved, loved this novel. I couldn’t put it down and it was pure joy to read it. The setting was intriguing, and the characters were wonderful and fully developed. I loved the sisters, their servants, and getting to know the people that stayed at Sea View. The sweet romances that were started were also very romantic. I can’t see what happens next. This is the first novel in a planned series.
One of my favorite parts of reading this were all of the fun call-backs to Jane Austen. At first when Mr. and Mrs. Elton showed up as guests, I thought they shared the names of Austen characters. Then I was pleasantly surprised to discover they were the characters from Emma by Jane Austen. You can read the novel not knowing this and be fine, but it makes it extra delightful for fans of Jane Austen. The theme of five sisters and their mother trying to find their way after the estate is entailed is straight from Pride and Prejudice. It felt like the Bennet sisters and their invalid mother, except they were in a better place with owning Sea View. This story also shared a “ruined” sister. The characters were completely different than Pride and Prejudice, but I loved the call backs.
I highly recommend The Sisters of Sea View if you love Jane Austen, regency romance, great character driven stories, or just a great book overall.
Review Copy from Bethany House as part of the Austenprose PR Book Tour. Thank-you! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
· Title: The Sisters of Sea View
· Series: On Devonshire Shores (Book 1)
· Author: Julie Klassen
· Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
· Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 6, 2022)
· Length: (448) pages
· Format: hardcover, trade paperback, & eBook
· ISBN: 978-0764234262
· Tour Dates: November 28 – December 12, 2022
guests have come for a holiday, others for hidden reasons of their own
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When their father's death leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her genteel sisters fear they will be forced to sell the house and separate to earn livelihoods as governesses or companions. Determined to stay together, Sarah convinces them to open their seaside home to guests to make ends meet and provide for their ailing mother. Instead of the elderly invalids they expect to receive, however, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah is soon torn between a growing attraction to a mysterious Scottish widower and duty to her family.
Viola Summers wears a veil to cover her scar. When forced to choose between helping in her family's new guest house and earning money to hire a maid to do her share, she chooses the latter. She reluctantly agrees to read to some of Sidmouth's many invalids, preferring the company of a few elders with failing eyesight to the fashionable guests staying in their home. But when her first client turns out to be a wounded officer in his thirties, Viola soon wishes she had chosen differently. Her new situation exposes her scars--both visible and those hidden deep within--and her cloistered heart will never be the same.
Join the Summers sisters on the Devonshire coast, where they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, love, and new beginnings.
VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO THE SISTERS OF SEA VIEW BY JULIE KLASSEN
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JULIE KLASSEN
· “Jane Austen fans will delight in this nimble series launch…Klassen excels at weaving her various story lines, each emphasizing the colorful qualities of her characters and allowing them the space to shine. Readers will be eager for the next installment.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF JULIE KLASSEN
- “Julie Klassen delights with a winsome love story…” —Publisher’s Weekly, on A Castaway in Cornwall
- “I couldn’t put it down! It you are a historical fiction fan you need this one on your radar! It was a spooky delight full of heart. ”—Anne Mendez, The Lit Bitch, on Shadows of Swanford Abbey
- “…a wonderfully engaging novel full of intriguing characters and storylines. I highly recommend it and can’t wait for more in the series.” —Laura Gerold, Laura’s Reviews, on The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill
AUTHOR BIOJulie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold over a million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award and has been a finalist in the RITA and Carol Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.