31 August 2011

Audiobook Review of Julie Klassen's "The Silent Governess"


The Silent Governess




The Silent Governess
(2010, Bethany House)


by Julie Klassen



Reviewed by 
Carrie Fancett Pagels

Five Stars *****



I listened to the recorded version of Julie Klassen’s book "The Silent Governess" through Audible.com. This was a very romantic Regency story and a great listen!  Please note that one of the reviews on Audible is horribly incorrect. We discussed in the HisWriters (a Christian European novel writers' group) about how this can happen and there is almost no recourse for the writer. I loved this book and have started listening to it a second time through.  
  
The wonderful hero, Lord Bradley, at the beginning of the story requires the heroine to remain silent.  I was pleased that this was not a traumatized woman who was unable to speak. Julie did a great job of unfolding their romance very carefully and building up questions so that you wonder if their love will be an impossibility. The Silent Governess won the Christy award for 2010 and deservedly so! Christy Awards



Formats for those with special needs:  Available on Christian Book Distributors as a paperback and e-book.  Also through Amazon as a Kindle book, paperback, and on CD but the CD version was over $100.00.  I would recommend the Audible download.  

Bibliotherapy components: Rejection by a parent, math giftedness, illegitimate children, and keeping secrets.

Giveaway:  We are giving away a Julie Klassen book this week in your choice of format and choice of book!  Leave a comment and your email address.  

Thank you for coming by OTT where we seek to show people overcoming through time, with God's help, and we like to review books available in formats friendly for the vision-impaired reader!

16 comments:

  1. Hi Carrie...
    I have the "Silent Governess", and would love an opportunity to win one of Julie's other two. Have read some of the comments concerning your blog-- and I agree it is lovely--and easy on the eyes! A pleasure to read.

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  2. Thank you, Carrie, for all your great reviews for "Julie" week! I really enjoyed The Silent Governess, and I recall loaning it to my niece, Vicki, and she came up to me at a family get-together, and said, "Oh my gosh...that was such a good book!" She said it very enthusiastically! haha The cover is really beautiful and mysterious looking too!

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  3. Well, I only had one more to go, but my vacation keeps beckoning! Will have an interview up with Julie tomorrow. Blessings Pat and Diana!

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  4. Would love to read one of Julie's books. Thanks for the chance to win! tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  5. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read one of julie's fabulous novels.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  6. Welcome to OTT, Teresa and Karen. I don't know if you ladies have seen the cover of Julie's new book, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, but it is gorgeous AND enticing!! Doesn't release 'til December, but I can't wait! If you go to Julie's FB you can click on to her photos to see it.

    Carrie, where and when are you going on your vacation? You certainly deserve one!

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  7. It is a working vacation at the beach. So the blogs are still going up and my MSes are getting cleaned up! And my sweet agent even sent out another round of my proposals!

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  8. I hope you'll have a wonderful working vacation Carrie. We hope to go on a relaxing vacation at the end of this month. We haven't been on vacation for three years, so I'm looking forward to this one.

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  9. Marian, I'm so happy for you, and by the way, how come you're not anonymous anymore? Not that you ever were, but according to google that is....is it fixed finally?

    And Carrie that doesn't sound like a vacation to me! lol 'Course how would I know? Like Marian it's been so long, I'm not sure what one is!

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  10. I met Julie at the Christy Awards last year and fell in love with her writing. In fact, hers was the first book I actually paid for on my Kindle! Would love to win her new one!

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  11. CARRIE ... GREAT INTERVIEW!! I just want to go on record that not only is Julie Klassen one of the best writers in the market today, but also one of the nicest people I've ever had the privilege to meet and a dear friend. Thanks for the interview -- Julie rarely does them, and it's so fun to get a glimpse into that beautiful blonde head of hers!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  12. Welcome Christina...that first book on Kindle is always a special memory for some reason.

    Julie Lessman, it's always a pleasure! What a treat for all of us avid readers to have two Julies, who write thick, fabulous books! I can't wait to read both of your new books!

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  13. Christina! So good to see you here and I prayed for you to have a new husband, over on ShoutLife!! I am so happy for you two!

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  14. Miss Julie, thanks so much! I will let Julie know her buddy left this msg over here. JK did all the work answering the hard questions, but thanks!

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  15. Hey Julie L.! Nice to hear from you. And I'm not that nice--wonder how I've fooled you this long?! Love you, girl!

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  16. Dear Julie,

    GRIN ... well, I wasn't sure how "nice" you were initially when you took a step forward and peered down at me in that bathroom at ACFW, but ... you won me over when you leaned over in Natasha Kern's workshop after she bragged on my book and said, "What ... is she your agent or something???" :)

    Can't wait to see you at ACFW, my friend! Trust me -- I'm planning on rubbing shoulders with you to see if some of the star quality rubs off ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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