The Sisters of Sea View
by Julie Klassen
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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jan 2023
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
When their father's death leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her genteel sisters fear they will be forced to sell the house and separate to earn livelihoods as governesses or companions. Determined to stay together, Sarah convinces them to open their seaside home to guests to make ends meet and provide for their ailing mother. Instead of the elderly invalids they expect to receive, however, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah is soon torn between a growing attraction to a mysterious Scottish widower and duty to her family.
Viola Summers wears a veil to cover her scar. When forced to choose between helping in her family's new guest house and earning money to hire a maid to do her share, she chooses the latter. She reluctantly agrees to read to some of Sidmouth's many invalids, preferring the company of a few elders with failing eyesight to the fashionable guests staying in their home. But when her first client turns out to be a wounded officer in his thirties, Viola soon wishes she had chosen differently. Her new situation exposes her scars--both visible and those hidden deep within--and her cloistered heart will never be the same.
Join the Summers sisters on the Devonshire coast, where they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, love, and new beginnings.
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The author has written many novels, but I believe this one might be her best yet! This book is a warm reminiscence of a Jane Austen novel, and it is clear, as always, that Julie Klassen is a historian alongside her authorship (she knows regency England!). Wonderful, captivating writing and original plot gives this novel the depth and ability to pull in any reader. I highly recommend this author and all of her other books I have read have been nothing less than fantastic. She is definitely an auto-buy author for me, and I can't wait to own this novel in print.
THE SISTERS OF SEA VIEW is another winner from acclaimed author Julie Klassen. I have enjoyed her other books and immediately dove into this one.
Klassen does a terrific job of immersing the reader into the story right away. We can see the inn and the surrounding seaside village. Even with 4 sisters to keep up with (and a 5th who is off stage), the women are easily distinguishable.
Viola was probably my favorite, and I loved how the author handled her physical difference and wove that theme into the book. Sarah, with her work ethic and dedication to her family, is also immediately sympathetic. Right away we understand the sisters' plight in terms of caring for their ailing mother and opening the inn for financial reasons.
My one complaint is that the first part (maybe the entire first half, honestly) drags a bit. I understand that we need to be introduced to a lot of characters. Between the family, the people in the village/ neighbors, and the arriving guests, we do meet numerous well-written characters who play integral roles in the story. I only wish the pace had picked up sooner.
The second half of the book feels just right. Some storylines are resolved in a most charming way. Others are left to be addressed in later books in the series.
This is a story world I can't wait to re-enter just as soon as the next book comes out!