Julie Klassen: Jane Austen-Era Romance
(January 1, 2010)
Minneapolis,MN—Hailed as “[capturing] the best of Austen and Brontë,” author Julie Klassen is a
pioneer of the Regency romance genre in the inspirational market. Her writing has garnered a
growing fan base, critical acclaim, and numerous award nominations.
Yet sojourning into the world of inspirational Regency romance isn’t the only noteworthy thing
about Julie. She has also been a book editor for years, working with bestselling authors such as
Beverly Lewis and Deeanne Gist.
“For a book lover like me, it is a dream job,” said Klassen. “I work with the authors, giving input
and feedback on characters, plots, and the writing itself, to help them create the best book possible.
It’s a job that has taught me a great deal about writing and publishing.”
As evidenced in the beautiful prose and expert storytelling in her novels, Klassen has put her
knowledge to work. Her new release, The Silent Governess, perfectly showcases these talents.
Inspired by classic authors and their works, this latest novel evokes a world of extravagant high
society and underprivileged workers, of couture games and courting and class definitions—yet a
world where anything can happen. A world where even the most unlikely of loves can blossom.
“I have been intrigued by English governesses ever since my sixth grade teacher read Jane Eyre to us
aloud over several weeks with real emotion and even mascara-tears,” said Klassen. “As a result, my
fondness for Jane Eyre, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens shows up in some of the characters.”
Though set in the era of Jane Austen’s England, The Silent Governess is more than just a riveting
historical romance. It’s also a multi-layered story of life, love, and God.
“Though historical, its themes are still relevant today: From where do we get our identity? How is
our view of God influenced by our earthly fathers?” said Klassen, highlighting that the story also
touches on the universal longings for freedom and true love.
With stunning prose, enchanting characters, and an opulent setting, The Silent Governess whisks
readers away to Jane Austen’s England amid a flurry of romance and mystery.