I’m delighted today to welcome author Julie Klassen to the blog to chat about her fabulous new historical novel, The Sisters of Sea View!
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award. Julie has also won the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award and been a finalist in the RITA and Carol Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com.
THE SISTERS OF SEA VIEW by Julie Klassen
SERIES: On Devonshire Shores #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical/Regency Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2022
Some guests have come for a holiday, others for hidden reasons of their own . . .
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.
Hi Julie! Welcome to the blog!
Julie: Cats. We have two cats, Socks and Mojo, and they are wonderful companions who don’t mind when we travel for a day or two.
Carrie: Cats are definitely superior when it comes to independence but I still prefer a dog’s love – though a cat belonging to my in-laws is growing on me lol
Julie: I know I should say tea, since I write novels set in England, but there’s nothing like coffee with cream first thing in the morning!
Carrie: haha i won’t tell 😉
Julie: Neither. BritBox all the way. 😊
Carrie: this answer does not surprise me in the least!
Julie: Audiobooks! I LOVE listening to audiobooks when I walk or do dreaded housework.
Carrie: i wish i could too but my mind wanders too much
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Julie: Planning trips to England.
Carrie: lol love it (this also seems to be a good place to show your book trailer 🙂
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Julie: Trixie Belden
Carrie: i loved that series too!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Julie: I prefer silence (to music) when I write, but I love to have a candle burning nearby.
Carrie: that sounds cozy 🙂
Q: Can you tell us a little more about the inspiration behind The Sisters of Sea View?
Julie: The inspiration for this novel came from several sources: past visits to the beautiful Devonshire coast, old advertisements I read from women who were letting out rooms in their seaside homes, and even an elderly man from church who told me his mother Viola’s story, which ended up inspiring one of the characters in the book.
Carrie: i bet those old advertisements were interesting!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Sisters of Sea View?
Julie: I like to hide Easter eggs, or what I call “nods of honor” to Jane Austen, in my novels. In this book, a Jane Austen character actually comes to stay for a time. That was fun to write!
Carrie: that was fun to read, too!
Q: What research was required to write this book? Did you learn anything interesting along
Julie: I read many books about English seaside resorts and customs of the early 1800s. I enjoyed learning about bathing machines and beliefs about the medicinal value of sea bathing—and even the drinking of sea water! And, since I am using a real town versus a fictional setting, I learned all I could about Sidmouth. Volunteers from the museum there have been extremely helpful in my research.
Carrie: the parts about ‘medicinal’ sea bathing were fascinating to me when I read the book!
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Sisters of Sea View?
Julie: One of the themes in the book is holding on to joy amid difficult circumstances, something I believe God wants me to learn, although I haven’t quite mastered it yet.
Carrie: a difficult thing to master for sure ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Julie: The Sisters of Sea View [released today], and in the meantime, I am busy working on book two in the On Devonshire Shores series.
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What about you? What makes you want to read The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen?