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Julie Klassen (1) (1964–)

Author of The Apothecary's Daughter

For other authors named Julie Klassen, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Julie Klassen is a bestselling, award winning author. She graduated from the University of Illinois and worked in publishing for sixteen years in advertising and as a fiction editor. Klassen's books, The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Silent Governess won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. show more The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards. Julie is also the author of Lady of Milkweed Manor, which was a finalist for the Christy award, The Apothecary's Daughter, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Julie Klassen

The Apothecary's Daughter (2009) 1,066 copies, 48 reviews
The Silent Governess (2009) 623 copies, 46 reviews
Lady of Milkweed Manor (2008) 513 copies, 15 reviews
The Girl in the Gatehouse (2010) 511 copies, 26 reviews
The Tutor's Daughter (2013) 391 copies, 23 reviews
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall (2011) 376 copies, 16 reviews
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (2017) 367 copies, 35 reviews
The Secret of Pembrooke Park (2014) 365 copies, 20 reviews
The Dancing Master (2013) 275 copies, 18 reviews
The Painter's Daughter (2015) 272 copies, 16 reviews
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (2017) 251 copies, 17 reviews
Lady Maybe (2015) 191 copies, 9 reviews
The Bride of Ivy Green (2018) 183 copies, 11 reviews
A Castaway in Cornwall (2020) 164 copies, 11 reviews
An Ivy Hill Christmas (2020) 146 copies, 27 reviews

Associated Works

Sense and Sensibility (1811) — Foreword, some editions — 38,653 copies, 523 reviews


Common Knowledge

Places of residence
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
University of Illinois
Short biography
Julie Klassen is a fiction editor with a background in advertising. She ahs worked in Christian publishing for more than twelve years, in both marketing and editorial capacities.

Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She enjoys travel, research, books, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends.

She and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota [adapted from Lady of Milkweed Manor (2007)]



I truly loved this book! When I was recommended this book by my mother, I was intrigued but got truly invested right from the star. The characters, their developments, the plotline and the twists all came together which fit the book perfectly. Though, there were a few things that I had to give it four stars. One was the introducing of the characters within a few pages was confusing and difficult to keep up. Especially, when not all of them gets mentioned further either. Another would be the family relations but that is all I can say. The final would be the pacing of the book. Don't get me wrong, the pacing from the beginning to the middle was good and continued on smoothly; however, during the half way point, it got a bit slower which was a bit dreading but the dialogue and the character developments kept me interested. Overall, I rate this book four stars and recommend it to anyone who loves regency era romance that is clean and has Christian values!… (more)
DaydreamerofBooks | 45 other reviews | Jul 4, 2024 |
This book is like a slow promenade down the beach; unhurried, reflective, and soothing somehow. It is at once engaging and tender, and is a storytelling style reminiscent of classic books.
This book follows four sisters, Sarah, Emily, Viola, and Georgiana, as well as their mother. It talks about their reduced circumstances and how they have to figure out how to survive. They decide to turn their home into a boarding house of sorts, and Sea View is born.
This book primarily follows Sarah and Viola, as they each try to figure out what their hearts wants. Viola especially goes through so much growth in this one, and I loved watching her confidence blossom, and her belief in her inherent goodness. I felt that Julie handled so well the situation with the Major and Viola, and their respective scars and the injuries that led to said scarring. And I loved how they taught each other just by being themselves around one another. It’s the sweetest story. I also loved the research Julie has clearly done into cleft palate/lip, and how it was treated and perceived during these times. It was so well done and such a good reminder that people are so much more than what has happened to them.
I absolutely loved the elements each of the side characters brought to this story. They made me smile and added such a fun component to the overall book!
I felt like Julie masterfully balanced heartache and hope, grief and gladness, friendship and love. It’s a wonderful story.
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LovelyBookishDelight | 18 other reviews | Apr 6, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book so very much! This book primarily followed Emily, and her publishing aspirations and road to love. Honestly, I was kept wondering for a long time which direction she would go as far whom she would fall for. I would think I’d have it figured out, and then some new development would have me changing my mind. Even up close to the end I wasn’t sure how things would go. But oh, how I loved the romance in this one! There is longing, angst, second chance, rivalry, long lost love, and a couple of great kissing scenes.

We also got to see some more of Sarah’s story. I am so anxious to get more for her story! I don’t know when the next book comes out, but I am so curious as to know what happens next for her! And Georgiana too, of course.

The added characters in this one made it a really exciting and engaging story. There was even a moment of suspense and some intrigue, which was very exciting! I was engaged and entertained throughout the entire book.

If you enjoy historical romance, that has been impeccably researched, and includes independent women, themes of kindness, compassion, and honesty, and a healthy dose of the sea, and the royal family, and all kinds of delicious cuisine, I highly recommend picking up this one.

This is the second book in the On Devonshire Shores series. While it an stand on its own, I would recommend reading book one first, so you get to know these characters and their lives and circumstances before reading this one.

**thanks to Julie Klassen, Austen ProsePR, and Bethany House Fiction for the copy. It was such a pleasure to read!
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LovelyBookishDelight | 11 other reviews | Apr 6, 2024 |
I haven’t read the first in the series (The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill), but I definitely want to go back and do that. It’s okay, though - she gives just enough backstory to catch you up. Still, I think I would understand the relationships on a deeper level if I had read the first one first!

Anyway, the older Brockwell son, Timothy, figures into this novel. (I read Ivy Hill Christmas, which focused on the younger brother, Richard, and it takes place after this novel, so I had to pretend I didn’t know how certain things were going to turn out.) Rachel, who Timothy once had feelings for, has lost the status she had enjoyed in her youth - before her father was ruined. She tries teaching, but decides she is not cut out for it. Her friend Mercy and some women at a tea convince her to open up a subscription library with all the books she inherited from her father and offer to donate popular books and novels for the cause - at a reduced subscription rate. She agrees… so she can survive without accepting charity - or a marriage proposal for any reason other than love. She also doesn’t think God is especially interested in her ‘inconsequential’ problems, so she hesitates to pray for help - will she learn to trust that God does care and He has a plan for her that she can rely on?

We also get Jane’s story and Mercy’s story. Jane is a young widow who runs her late husband’s inn. Mercy runs a girls’ school, having put aside notions of romance. I don’t want to give any spoilers… but I will say it is a much better idea to start a series at the beginning!
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clamagna | 16 other reviews | Apr 4, 2024 |



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