Book Review: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen ★★★★★


Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It’s where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she’s beautiful.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother’s neglected duties. Home on leave, he’s sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter’s daughter. He’s startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him–one of Wesley’s discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she’ll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family’s estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?


This is my first time reading Christian Fiction and I absolutely loved this. Yes there are some faith related content in here but I’d say it’s pretty appropriate with the time period and the country so even if you’re not religious you can just take it as it is and still enjoy the story. This has the perfect balance of drama and romance and I would say that the character development was really well written. Is it cheesy? I didn’t think it was. It is romance but I felt like it is realistic enough that it wasn’t cringey.

I found myself actively cheering on one couple versus another and for me that really means that the story is engaging enough and the writing is good. I honestly don’t know how else to explain this story without spoiling anything so I’ll just leave this review short. The title and the book cover initially made me think this is some cheesy ass romance novel but I was pleasantly surprised that I loved it (and I’m not big on romance, mind you). I really suggest you give this a try even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it as much because every book deserves a chance 🙂

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