I have been a fan of Julie’s books for many years and have loved her stand alone books. I did however recognize that this one is the first in a series and as such it is setting up for a series, which makes it a little different to a stand alone. At first the main character, Jane at first seems a dispassionate sort, and I liked her fiesty mother in law right away, but by the end of the book I felt I understood both of them and I felt the character development in both was spot on. By the end of the book, we understand Thora, and Jane is developed to the point which leaves plenty of room for further growth in the rest of the series.
I am hoping for a return of Gabriel later on in the series and I am most interested in Mr. Drake and what the future books hold for him.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people of Ivy Hall and look forward to more installments from Julie Klassen. The series almost reminds me of Lawana Blackwell books (The Gresham Chronicles)
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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Her book, The Silent Governess, was also a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit www.julieklassen.com for more information.
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