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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  7,610 ratings  ·  805 reviews
Believing herself guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home, eventually stumbling upon a grand estate where an elaborate celebration is in progress. But all is not as joyous as it seems.

Lord Bradley has just learned a terrible secret, which, if exposed, will change his life forever. When he glimpses a figure on the grounds, he fears a spy or thief has overheard his de
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Paperback, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kay
Oct 20, 2011 Kay rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kay by: a passing vanilla cupcake
I noted while I was reading that this book was like vanilla pudding with vanilla sprinkles on a very vanilla day.

Upon finishing, I still hold to that statement.

The plot was bland, the conflict was bland, the romance was bland (not because of the lack of, um, physical carnality but because there was not even a fizzle—much less a spark— between the two characters), and the characters were bland. There was a great deal of potential in the plot, such as: a governess who stumbles upon a secret is fo
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Anne
Feb 10, 2015 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Eyre fans
Recommended to Anne by: So many people I lost count!
My word, what a novel!

I have no idea what to say...I loved it!! It was SO engrossing right from the start, and the excitement didn't drop once. From the prologue was are swept in a web of intrigue, mystery, secrets and adventure. This book is like, impossible to put down.

Olivia Keene, the heroine, was absolutely amazing. She was courageous, loyal, clever and fierce and I loved the way she stayed true to herself and stood up to Lord Bradley from time to time. Her relationship with the children w
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Alice
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There are no words. (Now watch me prattle on in typical fangirl fashion. ;) Yes, I just used the word 'prattle'.)
The Silent Governess is such a treasure! It has everything a historical fiction fan could want! Mystery, suspense, contention, suspicion, some humor, light (clean) romance, family, friends, loyalty, betrayal- lots of unexpected plot twists and discoveries!
Trust and the value of family are the major themes in this story, and they are proved over and over to our confused and searching
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Maria
Forced to escape from her home, because she thinks she killed a man, Olivia Keene arrives to Brightwell Court where overhears a great secret concerning the family who lives there. Worried for his future, if that secret is revealed, Lord Bradley decides to keep an eye on Olivia (who is temporarily unable to speak because of an accident) and offers her a post at his father’s estate until she is perfectly recovered. The relationship between Olivia and Lord Bradley starts badly because they do not t ...more
Soph
Amazing! When this was recommended to me I was told that what happens through the book is all so unexpected and not what you think is going to happen - and it's true! I could not believe all the twists and turns the plot took and how everything worked out! It was so nice to not know what is going to happen in a story! It was wonderfully written and never got boring, keeping me interested the whole time! The characters were wonderful - they had so much depth to them and the hero and heroine toget ...more
Ivey
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Beth
This is the first novel I've read by Julie Klassen, and I'm eager to read her other novels since finishing this one. While it is your typical regency romance/mystery, the plot was very creative.

This book was mainly plot-driven; I could hardly stop reading because I just had to see what was going to happen next. I love when a book is like that. I really enjoyed watching the mysteries unravel as Olivia, the main character, figures everything out. It's hard to say much about the mysteries without g
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Ceri
This is the story of Miss Olivia Keene, who is a teacher in a local school for girls. She returns home one day to find her mother being strangled. Olivia rushes to her mother’s aid and strikes the attacker over the head. Her mother gives her a purse and pleads with Olivia to run, in case she has unintentionally killed him, and Olivia obeys. She hopes to find sanctuary with a friend of her mother’s some distance away, and hopes that they will take her on to work in their school. Olivia has a near ...more
Kathleen
Julie Klassen is a pretty good writer, and the plot of this book was interesting. I liked the characters, all the little mysteries going on, and the theme of redemption the book had. I don't know why it is called The Silent Governess, since Olivia is never a silent governess. She is a silent under-nurse, then a non-silent governess. I kept wondering how she could be a governess if she was silent, but that never happened.

I thought the romance was the weakest part of the book. I never particularly
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Kim
The Silent Governess fell in my lap as the next novel to read in my 100 book challenge after some heavy Nook book browsing. At the time of purchase it was the #1 trending Nook Book on Barnes and Noble, therefore forcing me to pay attention to it. As I started reading the synopsis, it sounded like a mysterious historical fiction novel (if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m a sucker for these kinds of books). With my next book chosen, I grabbed a blanket, my nook, and some hot co ...more
Jessica
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Eve Victorié
I thought earlier that I'd only stumbled upon two of Julie Klassen's best works, and that this book couldn't possibly be as amazing as the other two. When I started it, I admit, it didn't really grab me, and since I was kind of busy, I only got to page 200 or so and kind of left off. Then I picked it up again over the weekend... and guess what?! I finished it in an hour! The romance was so sweet, and that fact that it slowly grew and intensified made it even sweeter. <3
This is definitely a b
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Staci
Just finished this book and I have to say that I loved it! Do you like Regency fiction? If so, then you should read this story about Olivia Keene who has fled her home because she thinks she has killed her father. Through twists and turns she ends up as a Governess for the Bradley family, once that happens the story really gets going. I didn't realize how lonely the job of governess was and really liked reading about the dynamics between governess, household servants and the family of the home. ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF NOVEL: Historical Romance, Regency Romance

TIME FRAME: 1815

MAIN CHARACTERS: Olivia Keene, Edward Bradley, Judith Howe, Lord Brightwell, Mr. Croome, Simon Keene, and Dorothea Keene

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- Loved the previous two books I read by this author - The Apothecary's Daughter and The Tutor's Daughter
- I love reading novels about governesses (especially if there is romance involved!) Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite novels. My great-grandmother was a governess.

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Rachelle Rea
What I Loved



This story literally dropped me in the middle of a chase scene that I couldn't get enough of. From the expertly-done prologue (the perfect example of a prologue that enhances the story) to the mysterious plot that kept me turning pages, The Silent Governess does not disappoint.



Julie Klassen's writing style fascinates me. She has honed a delectable blend of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte to bring this English era to life in a way that will captivate lovers of historicals and reel in
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Cathy Daniel
This book just never really grabbed me to my extreme disappointment as I love this author. I do think I am probably partially to blame as I have read book after book in the Regency period and maybe I am just ready for a change. The characters never grabbed me and I felt like the beginning was the middle of the story and it wasn't made much clearer mid way through. I also really did not like the main hero. He was a jerk far too long and then "redeemed" himself too quickly with no explanation, imo ...more
Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
A cute, clean and fun read! I had previously read Apothocary’s Daughter and didn’t care for that at all. This however I enjoyed immensely and the author is back on my list! :-)

The Good

Wonderful heroine!

Tons of lovable side characters.

Engaging plot outside of romance. (Always a nice bonus!)

Christian themes present were done expertly. (A surprising bonus!)

Wonderful first kiss scene. (That was a work of art!)

Clean… clean and….. clean! (THANK YOU!!)

Happy Ending!!

The above is about all I really nee
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Heidi
I have come to really enjoy Julie Klassen's work. I love how she pulls you into the time period with beautiful descriptions and actual facts. I can't imagine the amount of research she does to make her books seem to come to life as they do. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Ruth
Aspiring schoolmistress Olivia Keene’s quiet life is cruelly disrupted when she saves her mother from a vicious attack and in the aftermath is forced to flee, believing herself guilty of a heinous crime. Alone and frightened, with only the vague hope of securing a position thanks to her mother’s recommendation, Olivia stumbles onto Brightwell Court. An unfortunate misunderstanding and a brutal attack leave Olivia at the mercy of the heir of the manor, Lord Bradley. For Olivia has overheard a des ...more
Mynameisntcollins
I was hoping for more out of this book. I'll admit I finished it within a 24 hour period, but I think it was more out of the hope that something truly wonderful would happen and make me want to adore this book. As it was, by the time I reached the end I thought, well, that was interesting. Didn't love it, but didn't hate it either. Part of that feeling stems from thinking something about Mr. Edward Bradley, the hero, seemed a bit off - his overnight transition from spoiled and overly critical to ...more
Valerie
The Silent Governess, by Julie Klassen was recently released. In the brief bio on the back cover, it says "Julie Klassen loves all things Jane - Jane Eyre and Jane Austen." She writes with a style similar to Jane Austen, less romantic though, which was a relief for me.

This was the first book I read following Jane Eyre. Yes, immediately after reading Jane Eyre, this is the book I started. The similarities between the two were somewhat tiring; a governess, a rich bachelor, a manor, a misunderstood
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Titanic Buff
Olivia Keene's life is turned upside down when she returns home one night to find her mother being strangled by her drunken father. On impulse she picks up an object and smacks him upside his head. As the unconscious man lays crumpled on the floor Dorothea Keene gives her daughter an odd newspaper clipping and sends her on her way to a school where she might be able to find work. Unwilling to leave her mother but afraid she has killed her father Olivia goes. Eventually she find herself on the gr ...more
Margaret
Jan 07, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of Jane Eyre and Austen
Recommended to Margaret by: Julie Klassen
Holding a flavoring of "Jane Eyre" and a hint of "The Importance of Being Earnest" fully in the environment of a regency tale, "The Silent Governess" brings forth mystery and intrigue with romance to make your heart melt. Previously while reading the first two novels by Julie Klassen I was appreciate, being after the second novel a true fan. The words on her page teach lessons and mold your heart loving her characters and their fictious lives. Just moments away from finishing this novel I can al ...more
Hannah
It's difficult to satisfactorily review a book when you care so much about it. I've waited a week since finishing to tackle this review, and yet I don't know how to express how much I enjoyed getting lost between two covers!

First I had it from the church library in the fall. I was only a few chapters in and had already made it to the point of carrying it in the car...and then my mom had to wait for me, and got so completely absorbed in it that she made it beyond where I was. She was going throu
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Mazzou B
(by the way, I don't know why I requested this book from the library. I don't usually read fiction.)
The author did a good job with the plot of this book! It was a 'safe' novel. But I didn't think the Christian faith theme was a crucial part of the book. The end was pretty good- forgiveness and such.
The author didn't do a very good job with the hero. Like Jane Austen's heroes, he is just every girl's dream suitor- tall, handsome and proud. I really see no reason why he and the girl should have g
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Susie
This book grabbed my attention from the first chapter and held it through the last. I started on Saturday and finished on Sunday! Filled with much more suspense than I expected, the story of Olivia Keene won't soon be forgotten! Julie Klassen's research into the challenges of a governess opened my eyes to many things I didn't know. She paints a picture of life in the nursery, the school room, and below stairs in a grand house in England. She created characters who drew me into their lives ... I ...more
Kathryn Class
I enjoyed it, but the author used a similar formula for part of the story that she used for the Lady of Milkweed Manor, so I'd like to see the author branch out and change it up a little bit. That being said, The Lady of Milkweed Manor is one of my all time favorite books, so having the book follow a similar formula means that this is a terrific book too. I liked the characters. I look forward to reading all of this author's books.
Beth
I think my expectations on this book were a little high, because two of my friends had read or were reading it. It was pretty well written and edited. I did find some flaws in grammar and speech for the times. But my main issues were that I felt that the characters frequently behaved in ways that did not make sense, or situations were just too unlikely. I especially felt that there was too much acceptance of upper class men taking advantage of less fortunate women, from the very beginning and th ...more
Mary Bronson
I thought this book was AMAZING! I really enjoyed reading it. The characters and plot were very well written. Olivia was such a great main character. I also loved how it went back and forth between her and Edward. I am very happy with the ending
Ketti
Feb 26, 2015 Ketti rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like minor characters to be developed
Recommended to Ketti by: Kelvey (sorta)
A very engaging read. It was...not...self-absorbed. What I mean by that is that often romances become so focused on the Guy and Girl (and probably also on That Other Guy Who Girl Thinks She Might Love As Well) that it's almost as if all the other characters have ceased to exist, except for when they help to further the romance. This was not like that. All of the supporting characters got plenty of nice page-time, and they all seemed pretty real. I really appreciated that. You got to see how Guy ...more
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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and ...more
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