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The Silent Governess

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  9,412 Ratings  ·  952 Reviews
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 devastating news. He is stunned to discover the intruder is a scrap of a woman with her throat badly injured. Fearing she will spread his secret, he gives the girl a post and confines her to hi ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 20, 2011 Kay rated it it was ok  ·  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
Feb 10, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
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
Deanne Patterson
Mar 25, 2016 Deanne Patterson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Wow, I was swept away in the tides of this book! It took me longer to read than a book normally does because I wanted to fully absorb it all! This is a book that keeps you reading far into the night and thinking about it first thing in the morning. You thought you had things figured out but in actuality you were far from figuring it out! Intrigue,suspense, a bit of creepiness and a hint of romance make for an exciting story here. I look forward to reading more Klassen books in the future!
May 12, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
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
Oct 19, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
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
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
This was my first read by Julie Klassen (Shocking I know) but it won't be my last.

Julie has a gift of drawing the reader in with various mysteries, interesting ladies, handsome but a bit rugged gentlemen, too many bad guys and a story that flows and builds beautifully.

I enjoyed the various mysteries intertwined in this book and the small clues given to the reader, enough to solve the mystery, but not too obvious that you are being kept in the dark right till the end. Even at the end when I thoug
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

Let me catch my breath...

Julie Klassen knows how to create breathtaking stories that carry you off to faraway places. The Silent Governess does not disappoint.

When Olivia Keene goes on the run, she intends to keep her secret, not overhear someone else's. When an incident leaves her voiceless, Lord Edward Bradley forces her to work in his father's household until he may discern what details about his secret she knows... and if she'll have a loose tongue once she is no longer si
Feb 27, 2014 Ceri rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, christian
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
Jul 26, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2012 Ivey rated it it was ok
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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
Mar 13, 2016 Marklessgirl rated it really liked it
I loved this!
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Nov 17, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
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
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF NOVEL: Historical Romance, Regency Romance


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

- 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.

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
Aug 01, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
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Eve Victorié
Feb 26, 2012 Eve Victorié rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 06, 2010 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Rachelle Cobb
Dec 27, 2011 Rachelle Cobb rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Jane
Mar 30, 2016 Emma Jane rated it liked it
Julie Klassen is one of those authors whose every book is pretty much the same to me. Sometimes I wonder why I still read them, but I guess it's because I'm so fond of her Regency world that I don't mind every one being the same. Every once in awhile I get a sentimental hankering for a little bit of her melodrama. ;-)

The Silent Governess is the fifth book of hers I have read, and probably my least-favorite so far -- it was pleasant and mostly enjoyable to read, but there wasn't much excitement
Cathy Daniel
Jan 13, 2015 Cathy Daniel rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 13, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
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
3.5 stars rounding up to four stars because of the last quarter or so of the book. And that ending :)

The Silent Governess wasn't really what I was expecting, or in the mood for, but it was a great read and a good way to pass time. I thought it was going to be a very serious book, but it was more like a nice cute historical, with some mystery. That being said, I still really liked it.


-Olivia was a great character, and I loved how clever she was and the passion she had for teaching
-The side
Reet Champion
Nov 15, 2013 Reet Champion rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2012 Mynameisntcollins rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2010 Valerie rated it liked it
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
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I was originally drawn to this because of the cover; I love all the covers of Klassen’s books. Anyway, the story started off interesting and there was somewhat of a mystery (actually a couple) throughout the story. I enjoyed that it was a different perspective of the regency setting than I am used to. In this story we follow Olivia as she becomes an under nurse and moves up as a governess. I rather enjoyed getting to know the “servants” and seeing things from their perspective. I also liked Edwa ...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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