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Bethany House / 2010 / Paperback

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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. Katt
    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!
  2. Rynn
    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
    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.
  3. The Quiet Eccentric
    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.
  4. Debbie from ChristFocus
    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.
  5. Annette
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Woman With Resilience
    May 31, 2012
    Annette
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The year is 1813 and early autumn. Mariah Aubrey and her former nanny Miss Dixon have said a tearful but swift goodbye to her parents and younger sister Julia. By carriage they travel for 2 days until they reach sheep country and then a village named Whitmore. Just outside of town lies the 17th Century English manor house named Windrush Court. Aubrey's aunt Fran, or as she is called now Mrs. Prin-Hallsey, has given permission for Aubrey and Miss Dixon to "take refuge" in the gatehouse. The gatehouse is small, dusty, and in "disrepair." The house is "built of Cotswold stone and has twin turreted towers." It takes much polish and scrubbing to make the house a home to be lived in. With the gatehouse comes a much needed mouser named Chaucer. Across the road from the gatehouse is the derelict poorhouse. It is an ominous and grim building. Mariah is a young woman in her early 20's. She has been forced to leave home because of something she was involved in that has now tarnished her reputation. Throughout most of the book the reader is only given hints at what had happened to Mariah. Meanwhile Naval Captain Matthew Bryant becomes the new renter of the manor house. He and Mariah become friends, yet each of them have a past they are trying to reconcile with.

    I read this book immediately after finishing The Maid of Fairbourne Hall also by Julie Klassen. Both of these books I enjoyed reading immensely!

    Mariah is a character with a different story than most of the characters I've read with a similar background or environment. It is true she was raised in a wealthy home with household staff that cared for her every need. But, she rises to her situation in learning those things she'd not been taught before, because she had been a "lady." I admired her resilience facing an unknown future with a well-known disreputable reputation.

    The culture of Mariah's era was that a young woman had to maintain her reputation in order to marry well. There were no other options for a woman, you married and had children. A woman was provided for by her father and then by her husband. It really was a man's world. In Mariah's character and story I could better understand a young womans lack of choice and predicament.

    I love England, all things England. I loved the description of the gatehouse and the manor house. I loved reading any bit of information about the countryside.

    When I was first introduced to Mrs. Prin-Hallsey I did not like her repugnant attitude at all. Although as the story progressed I grew to like the mystery behind the "twinkle in her eye."

    The Girl in the Gatehouse is less about Christian " fill-in words" and more about love and forgiveness displayed in action. I loved this point most of all. We are all fallen people in need of redemption, none of us are without fault--without sin. Mariah, like all of us needs the response from the Christian community of love and forgiveness.

    Thank you to Bethany House and An Open Book for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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