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The Silent Governess

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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 d...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Bethany House
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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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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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...more
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.

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...more
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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
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...more
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.
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
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
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...more
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
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
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.
Marjolaine 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...more
I've been really excited to get this book and when I received it yesterday I couldn't put it down. If you are into Jane Eyre or love a good Regency mystery/romance this is a terrific book. Even if you don't normally read Christian fiction you will like The Silent Governess, it's not at all "preachy."

Olivia is a teacher at an all girls school in England but when she stumbles upon a stranger in her home she flees at the insistence of her mother. What unfolds from then on is both interesting and in...more
With its stunning cover and enticing synopsis, this book beckoned me to read it from the day I received it. So I put down the book I originally planned to read and eagerly began to devour the pages of this one. With its intricate plot, fine set of characters, and 19th century small village English Manor setting, it was easy to become fully absorbed in this novel, keeping me up late several nights.

Julie Klassen has given us a well-written tale that skilfully blends mystery, intrigue, secrecy, an...more
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Regency Romance is a new favorite of mine and Julie Klassen is a genius in the style. In "The Silent Governess" she blends deep characters, vivid mystery, luscious settings and beautiful layers of era, language and costuming that roll together and send you back in time.

This book has so much more going for it than just a nice romance. Olivia is fleeing her home after she tries to kill her father as he tries to kill her mother. She is in horrible danger and ends up in jail where she is strangled....more
Ann Keller
Olivia Keene flees from her abusive father, but stumbles into an intriguing secret. She was never meant to overhear Lord Bradley’s discussion, but now that she has, Edward must maintain her silence at all costs. His very life and livelihood depend upon it.

Slowly, Olivia recovers her health and her voice, but Edward insists she remain mute to the rest of the household. Olivia assists the family as Audrey and Andrea’s under nurse, but she learns that all is not as it seems at Brightwell Court. Fur...more
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Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his. But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything --- his reputation, his inheritance, his very home. He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for his children, he finds himself stru...more
I did enjoy this but, as the cover would imply, it was rather corny at times. The plot and mystery were fun, and although I suspected a few of the outcomes, it still kept me guessing and trying to piece things together. Klassen vividly brings the Regency era to life, and it was fun to escape into this historical setting. I also thought the incorporation of faith into the story was handled pretty well.

The main thing that bothered me about the book was the fact that the romance angle seemed more...more
This was such an enjoyable read...a Christian comfort read at its best, although this book was much more about life than religion, which was really refreshing. Some Christian novels can be very intense to read, but this was pure light pleasure. I really took a liking to all the characters, especially Mr Tugwell, Avery Croome and of course Olivia and Edward. Olivia, the main character, had a lively, adventerous and intelligent spirit, and therefore it was enjoyable to accompany her on her journey...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, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awa...more
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