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The Silent Governess

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  12,046 ratings  ·  1,182 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
Paperback, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Bethany House (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 03, 2011 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
May 10, 2013 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
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
Deanne Patterson
Feb 18, 2016 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!
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning! I get breathless just thinking about how good this is! I grieved when it was over.

Klassen has an exquisite command of the English language and she isn't afraid to use it. Rich descriptions paint a vivid picture and carry the reader away into an Austen-like setting. "The autumn air was crisp, the wood a colorful fresco of flaming brown and orange beechwood trees..." (p.96) Doesn't that conjure up a reaction in all your senses? I can smell the musty scent of decaying leaves, hear them r
Mar 10, 2012 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
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
Melanie Kilsby
To be a lonely Governess for the rest of your life is one thing...
To be marked by a tainted family name and a questionable past, is another.

Secrets galore leave you guessing throughout the book for both of the main characters!

Julie Klassen masterfully weaves an intense plot and ties up the end so neatly, you are in tears with the joy it produces. She is so talented and I am thankful to have read another great book. Some of the aspects of this book hits home for me regarding family, so I knew I
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahh what every regency should have: excellent plot, good mystery, great secret reveals, & a swoon worthy hero 💜 ...more
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
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2012 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
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Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
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
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.

Aug 31, 2012 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
The first thing I noticed about this book were the quotes at the beginning of each chapter regarding the life of a servant/governess. These interesting tidbits were quite enjoyable. They gave an insight into class differences and called to mind Upstairs-Downstairs. Klassens' research into the workings of a large English estate was obvious throughout the story. The mysteries that threaded their way through the story about Olivia's possible murder of her father and Edward, Lord Bradley's parentage ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
J. M. Benefield
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was so wonderful to read a clean story, encouraging faith (yet not hitting you over the head with religion). I was so very enraptured in the old world, I longed to be there. The main character was mild and meek, though she firmly stood her ground. As they say, do not mistake kindness for weakness.
The girl in me, however, did long for a little scandal between the heroes, whether that be a stolen kiss or the like. But there certainly was enough static between them, I had to read it to the end.
Randi Annie Framnes
A good few hours entertainment.
Nov 07, 2011 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
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
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
After the disappointment that was Head in the Clouds this year, I've been avoiding the Christian/Inspirational Romance genre. However, The Silent Governess surprised me. While it isn't my new favorite, it wasn't nearly as cheesy as I was expecting. It even toned down the romance in favor of some mystery and intertwining plots. Even the Christian-ese was pretty subtle compared to most in this genre!
I feel like I could basically just steal my review from The Maid of Fairbourne Hall...
"So really..
Emma Jane
Mar 16, 2016 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 excitemen
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 08, 2010 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
✨ Gramy ✨
This is an excellent example of an 'Inspirational > Christian > Historical > Romance'.

Julie Klassen depicts the scenes and era with such style, that everything seems so realistic. You meet magnificent friends and experience their comraderie, feel their disappointments and also applaud their triumphs. She leads readers through the excitement of unexpected twists and turns.

This book is a clean and wholesome book with heart melting HEA.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a great historical fiction in a while. This had humor, heart and mystery enough to keep me entranced the whole way. I loved the added faith element as well. Beautiful story!
Sheila Majczan
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The plot has been explained over and over again in other reviews. Right from the beginning we are not quite sure if Olivia is or isn't actually guilty of the crime she is running away from. Then she eavesdrops on a conversation and ends up in jail with the very man who attempted to assault her only days before. This tale does have many twists and is one for which I had to often stop and try to remember who was who and their relationship to others. Many lives interact and have impact on
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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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