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The Girl in the Gatehouse

The Girl in the Gatehouse [Kindle Edition]

Julie Klassen
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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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?

About the Author

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 R.I.T.A.® 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764207083
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Klassen has done it again! 26 July 2013
By Sophie
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A wonderful story full of intrigue and mystrey and many twits and turns in the plot which, I can assure you, you will not expect! It kept me hooked the whole time and I read far too late into the night to finish it -I just had to know what was going to happen!

It had more serious themes running through it than the Silent Governess (with talk of mistresses and the heroine herself landed in the Gatehouse due to the loss of her virtue.) However, it was a great story and still had a lot of humour. There are many points which reminded me of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen; Mariah's story herself is almost something like the Maria of Mansfield Park would face after her involvement with Henry Crawford. However, the Mariah in this story is a lot more likeable!

There were some wonderful characters, aside from the dashing hero, and many side plots, which all link together in some way or another, which you will enjoy reading about and seeing develop through the story (notably that of the heroes friend, a Mr Hart and a certain young lady as well as the heroines companion, a Miss Dixon and two gentleman both vying for her attention, a Mr Phelps and a Mr Martin.)

If you want a wonderfully intriguing mystery (which you cannot guess what is going to happen) and which is set in beautiful England during the fascinating regency era than you can never go wrong with a novel by Julie Klassen. I cannot wait to lose myself in her next novel...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 17 Jun 2014
By Nixee
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I have to say this book was really not the best! I kept reading it in the hope of it improving! And I am most surprised that this novel was a bit dull and lifeless as Klassen's other books have been gripping! Eg the silent governess, lady of milkweed manor, the apothecarys daughter were superb! I would not recommend this book sadly.
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By Rachel
This is my third Julie Klassen book and it appears that it's been over a year since I read one of her novels. Why did I wait so long?! I love Julie's style of writing. It's easy to read, yet still evokes the time period and setting perfectly. I sped through this book in just a couple of days, and although the plot wasn't very fast paced, there was plenty to keep my interest.

The subject of female writers in the early 19th century naturally interested me as I've studied a lot of literature and history from this time period, and even did a special study on the publication history of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey in my penultimate year of university. Being a writer and a woman in this period was difficult--even though it was one of the few respectable careers open to women at this time--and Julie captures that perfectly with Mariah's story.

As with Julie's other novels, her hero and heroine are surrounded by a cast of intriguing and well-developed secondary characters. I think Martin and Dixon were my favourites, but the inmates of the local poorhouse were also incredibly endearing. The relationship between Mariah and her former nanny was so sweet, and depicted the close bonds that some children formed with their caregivers at this time. Even if Mariah had been abandoned by her family, Dixon stuck with her.

As with a lot of books from this time period, the topic of virtue and reputation featured, especially as Mariah had apparently lost both. Sometimes books can go a little overboard with this topic, and I find them lacking in any grace or forgiveness, and worry about the message this presents to modern-day readers.
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