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Publication Order of Tales from Ivy Hill Books

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bride of Ivy Green (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Ivy Hill Christmas (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of On Devonshire Shores Books

The Sisters of Sea View (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Winter by the Sea (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seaside Homecoming (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Lady of Milkweed Manor (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Apothecary's Daughter (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silent Governess (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl in the Gatehouse (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tutor's Daughter (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dancing Master (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of Pembrooke Park (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady Maybe (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Painter's Daughter (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bridge to Belle Island (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Castaway in Cornwall (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows of Swanford Abbey (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Renowned American author of romantic regency novel, Julie Klassen also has a flair for the inspirational, as she is a master of her craft with an extensive backlog of novels growing under her belt. Knowing her genre and field well, she has produced numerous titles over the years, gaining scores of fans in the process. Picking her subjects well, she focuses on roles in society that may go unnoticed by others, as she draws out the truth behind them, making them highly engaging in the process.

Early and Personal Life

Growing up in America it may have seemed a fairly disparate subject to be writing about English life and history, although her characters and protagonists are universal. Taking in observations as she was growing up, she always had a passion for both reading and writing as well, with her love for the written word coming to serve her well as time went by. This then helped her to focus upon her craft and create a style that was unique to her, something which took her through to her work and experience in the world of publishing where she also managed to gain a huge amount of insight.

Graduating from the University of Illinois she gained herself a formal education which helped give her the tools that she needed for her and her work. As she traveled as well, she got to see a lot of the places that she would be writing about for much of her adult career, such as England which she visited just prior to her debut novel being released. This all helped to greatly inform her material and provide an even greater level of insight that she didn’t have beforehand, allowing her to witness her subject firsthand up close.

Working within a publishers for over sixteen years before starting her writing career as a novelist, she managed to see how the industry operated close-up. This helped her to craft her material and work it into the books that she currently has successfully published today, with her versatile and highly unique voice. After finishing in her position at Bethany House Publishers, she then went onto write full-time for herself becoming a fully published author all of her own.

Currently she lives with her family near St. Paul in Minnesota, with her husband and two sons, as she continues to write alongside her family life. In her spare time she also likes to go hiking as she looks for new ideas, research and seek inspiration from BBC period dramas, all whilst hoping to find material for her next great novel. Continuing to write to this very day, there’s plenty more on the horizon from Julie Klassen, as it appears she’s showing no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Writing Career

With her first book being published in 2008, Julie Klassen stepped onto the literary scene with an impact, as she brought out the book ‘The Lady of Milkweed Manor’. Generating interest quickly, she fast gained the eye of both her peers and contemporaries, with her keen eye for detail and historical accuracy, as well as being able to craft an engaging story. Whilst she may not have created so many series as of yet, her stand-alone titles speak for themselves having created a legacy of which Klassen can truly be proud.

No stranger to awards either, she was given the Minnesota Book Award in 2014 for her novel ‘The Secret of Pembrooke Park’, which was her eighth novel released that same year. Taking time-out to visit the locations she writes about as well, she is always making sure to research her novels well, getting herself a clear and articulate idea of her subject matter. There are many more titles set to be released in the near future, as her writing career grows from strength-to-strength, with more and more discovering her novels every day.

Lady of Milkweed Manor

First published in 2008 through the publishing house that Julie Klassen had previously been working for for all those years, Bethany House Publishing, Lady of Milkweed Manor was to be the book that introduced to Klassen to the world. Setting up the style and the overall tone of what was to follow, this made for a very strong debut novel that brought to light Klassen’s considerable literary talents. Not only that, but it was also a hit on release, bringing scores of new readers all discovering what she had to offer as a new author on the scene.

After a making a mistake, the vicar’s daughter Charlotte Lamb hides herself away in Milkweed Manor, one of London’s most forbidding and mysterious homes. Whilst here she comes face-to-face with a previous suitor from her past who has plenty of his own secrets, as they both work hard to protect those nearest and dearest to them. They are then asked to force themselves to what lengths will they be willing to go, and to what sacrifices would they make for those that they love? Will they ever come to terms with their past? What are the secrets they’re hiding? Just who is the lady of Milkweed Manor?

Lady, Maybe

This time published through the Berkley publishing house, this book was initially released on the seventh of July in 2015, it being a fairly recent entry into her oeuvre. Following in a similar fashion as before, this features more historical romantic drama, giving the readers what they’ve come to expect from Klassen as an author. Retaining her keen eye for accuracy, this particular title shows a true master of her craft, as she manages to weave the complex narratives and characters with ease.

Set in the Regency period once again, this time the story focuses on Hannah, a ladies companion who finds herself thrust into a world of high riches. With all the secrets and deception that goes on there, she must deal with it all and keep her head above water, despite the difficulty she is facing in having to adapt. Then there’s the one person that truly matters to her, the one person she must save at all costs, even if it means she could end up being found out herself. Can she remain out of harm’s way? Will she be able to protect those she cares about? Is she a lady, maybe?

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4 Responses to “Julie Klassen”

  1. Susan Stewart: 9 months ago

    I just finished The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, the first of Julie’s books I’ve read. Sheer reading pleasure. Her Regency dialogue sounds so authentic, unlike other novels that have put me off. Plot devices somewhat contrived, but I didn’t care, I was so enjoying this fun escape into Regency romance. Julie has a new fan.

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  2. Kate: 1 year ago

    I just finished reading the entire Ivy Hills collection and have to say they were wonderful and engaging!

    The writing allowed me “live” in the words written, to sit at the dining table, walk the countryside and to feel the struggles of the characters as if I too were living in Ivy Hill. I feel as if the characters are known to me and many my personal friends!

    I’d love to see the series continued to enjoy the lives of the characters to whom I have become attached! Thank you!

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  3. Betsy Moore: 2 years ago

    Klassen in one of my favorite authors. Love her novels all set in England.

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  4. Leona Seifert: 3 years ago

    Just started your books-really liked what I’ve read

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