While I normally LOVE Julie Klassen's books, I had a couple of problems with the Painter's Daughter. It didn't grab my attention right away, but I did get into it soon enough and finished it rather quickly. The biggest issue I had was I felt like the scenes of sexual tension between characters were too detailed and too often. It was an unnecessary addition to the story line. She could have conveyed the same feelings with much less detail. I would think twice before allowing a teen to read this book, probably best for a mature audience, though even with a mature Christian audience I felt the scenes were a bit much. All that being said, I did enjoy the story overall. As usual, her characters were well-developed and the story had enough tension/unanswered questions to keep me interested and reading. Klassen is still one of my favorite authors, I am just hoping she tones the romance down a bit in her next book.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.