“The Painter’s Daughter” by Julie Klassen takes us to 1815 England. Here we meet Sophie Dupot and Stephen Overtree. Stephen is a captain in the military but he is currently searching for his brother Wesley. His search brings him to Sophie and within days of meeting her he guesses her secret. She is pregnant with his brother’s child. Knowing that his brother will not return and do the right thing Stephen proposes marriage to Sophie to save her from disgrace. Sophie agrees so that she and her child will be protected. They travel to Stephen’s home and keep the secret from his family. The months they are together bring them closer and soon they start to fall for each other. When everything seems to be going well Stephen must leave and Wesley returns. He finds that his former lover is now his sister-in-law and soon discovers he is the father of her child. He does everything he can think of to persuade Sophie to run away with him and then news arrives that could change everything.
This is a very well written book that will transport you to Regency England. You will love Sophie and feel compassion for her as you learn her story. You will admire Stephen for being the man his brother could never be. This book shows that by placing our faith in God and by doing what is right things do work out for the best even when we want something totally different. I received this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.