“The Girl in the Gatehouse” by Julie Klassen
“Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Mariah Aubrey hides herself away in an abandoned gatehouse on a distant relative’s estate. There she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how–by writing novels in secret.
When Captain Matthew Bryant leases the estate, he is intrigued by the beautiful girl in the gatehouse. But there are many things he doesn’t know about this beguiling outcast. Will he risk his plans–and his heart–for a woman shadowed by scandal? “
“The girl in the gatehouse” is a very interesting inspirational ‘stand alone’ romance that takes place in Britain in the early 1800’s. The father of Mariah, the main character in the story, has removed her from her family and has sent her, along with Mariah’s former nanny Dixon, to live in the Court where her aunt lives. Mariah and Dixon must live in the gatehouse, an abandoned place that also becomes a home to other characters in the story. At the beginning of the book we get the impression that Mariah must have done something terrible to have been basically disowned by her father, but throughout the story the author gives the reader little hints as to what was all involved, and in this way keeps the reader’s intense interest. Mariah learns of God’s mercy and forgiveness through the various experiences and people she meets at the gatehouse. She can then be free from the shame that has held her in bondage and that has made her try to keep parts of her life a secret from others. She also finds the love of her life but must wait until he sees his love for her as well.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others who love romance stories. It is full of action and surprises, so one can read it fairly fast. Some people may have a little difficulty in understanding the meaning of the many British words that are used, but the context is very beneficial in that regard. Someone who is a “Jane Austen” fan or has read her books will probably really appreciate the quotes, illusions and similarities that Julie Klassen has used in this novel. Even though I’m not acquainted with Ms. Austen’s writings, the little sayings if hers that are at the beginning of each chapter, as well as sayings from other sources, add that extra little dimension that contributes to the overall story. I would highly recommend this novel to others and I look forward to reading other novels that Ms. Klassen has written.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received this book for free from Bethany House for reviewing purposes. This post reflects my personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.