The Girl in the Gatehouse  -     By: Julie Klassen
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Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how-by writing novels in secret.

Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans.

The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764207083
ISBN-13: 9780764207082
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Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret.

Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans.

The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?

Author Bio

Julie Klassen is a fiction editor and novelist. Her first book, Lady of Milkweed Manor, was a Christy Award finalist. The Silent Governess is a finalist for the RITA® Award in Inspirational Romance and the Minnesota Book Awards for Genre Fiction. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  1. U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    It was Okay
    October 10, 2014
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    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Mariah finds herself and her companion living in the old gatehouse of her aunts estate due to her grave error in judgment with a man. Her family has cast her out and she only hopes to hide her secret and heal for she thought the man really loved her. Her aunt was in poor health and she soon finds herself at the mercy of her cousin who does not show the same compassion as her aunt. After her aunts death the estate is rented out to a former navy captain. Matthew hopes to use the estate to impress and win the heart of a woman he thinks he loves. Yet once he meets Mariah he slowly starts to question that idea. Can Mariah keep her secrets from him and will Matthew win the heart of his lady or will love win them both?

    What I liked: I really liked Mariah, Matthew and all the supporting characters. The poor house residents added a nice side story and helped keep the plot interesting. The depth of this book was good you really got to know the characters and what they were going through felt real. The storyline was well-developed and easy to follow.

    What I did not like: As much as I enjoyed this book it was a slow read. It seemed to take forever to get this story moving. I understand that the characters needed to develop but it just didnt keep me glued to each page. The side story about Captain Prince was interesting but kind of odd and just did not draw me.

    Overall this book was okay. It just did not keep me glued to the book. There were a few times where I just wanted to jump ahead and see how things turned out. There was a lot going on in this book almost to many side plots. But I did like the characters and once we did get to the end I was happy to see how things turned out. If you like historical fiction you might enjoy this book.
  2. Minnesota
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great book by Klassen!
    November 1, 2013
    Katt
    Minnesota
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoy Klassen's stories and have now read all she has written. New book coming in January!
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 17, 2013
    Rynn
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Girl in the Gatehouse, The - eBook.
    I enjoyed this book. Although all of the books I have read by Julie Klassen have been good, this has to be one of my two favorites. The characters are believable and it was great to read a book about people looking for God's plan in their lives and the power of love and forgiveness. If you start this book, you won't understand why I love it unless you read it all the way through. I hope you enjoy it a much as I did.
  4. Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good way to spend a Saturday evening...
    March 24, 2013
    The Quiet Eccentric
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read this book in an evening, so obviously it kept my interest. I've read quite a few of Julie Klassen's books, and this was probably one of the better ones.

    This story was about love, forgiveness and finding beauty through hardships. I was certainly intrigued by the main characters, but I think it was all the secondary characters that really brought the story to life.

    All in all, it was worth spending my evening on, but I don't think I'll ever read it again. I would recommend it to fans of Julie's and those who enjoy a "Jane Austen era" novel.
  5. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable happily-ever-after story
    February 6, 2013
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Girl in the Gatehouse" is a Christian historical romance set in 1813 in England. This novel was a Regency romance, but it came from a slightly different viewpoint than the usual respectable heroes and heroines. The manners and propriety were there, but there were also a few stolen, private kisses. And the heroine is a girl who was tempted and mislead into "giving in" to the man she thought intended to marry her. Now she's now having to deal with the resulting disgrace.

    The characters were engaging, varied, and acted in realistic ways. I liked how the ex-naval officers got bored with living like gentlemen and wanted more action. The main suspense was from relationship tensions, uncovering various secrets, and wondering if Mariah's books would do well enough to pay the rent. The end got a little complicated with the number of secrets exposed and righted. But it's a happily-ever-after sort of story even if there were some sad parts for Mariah before getting there.

    The Christian element was about forgiveness. Mariah felt unworthy of God (so she didn't go to church) and unworthy of being loved. Bryant was kind toward Mariah and wanted to somehow remove the scandal attached to her name, but when he realized he loved her and that her past would affect him personally, it was a little harder. It was a natural issue for them to struggle with.

    There were no graphic sex scenes and no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel.
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