Gatehaven is a Christian, gothic novel, which I found interesting and entertaining. The history of the times and particular areas in Scotland and England are especially enjoyable. The setting is very intriguing, encompassing ancient houses of worship, quaint cottages, and mansions with buried secrets.
Reading about the occult practices and how the Christians and others deal with that is particularly fascinating. This book contains a very strong spiritual aspect, which I like and think is very appropriate to the storyline, but others might consider it to be too much.
For most of the story, I cant say that I liked Shannon Aimee, the heroine. I think she is spoiled and ill-prepared for life. Her naivet and stubbornness cause grievous problems for herself and others. She does, finally, gain a bit of maturity by the end of the story, and become somewhat more likeable.
The storyline is unique and there are interesting subplots and numerous twists and turns. The novel moves along rapidly without dragging. It is hard to find a stopping place, because of the ongoing action.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical suspense of late 18th century England and Scotland.
Gatehaven is a great gothic novel. There is the right degree of suspense,tempered with a good degree of romance, and a tad bit of excitement to make a great novel. The introduction of the book was a good idea to give the reader a glimpse at the characters involved and a baseline is established. I enjoyed the scripture throughout. I look forward to reading another book by this author.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have never read Christian Gothic and wasn't sure what I would find once I opened the book, but was pleasantly surprised. Great characters, great settings and great writing! I really enjoyed the historical notes included in the beginning of the book, which helped set the readers mind on the right course.
The story is set in England, although it began many years ago in Scotland with Rachel (Shannons' mom) rejecting Leon Picard. The major characters: Leon Picard, now living an assumed identity as well a life of lies and deceit, his cohort, Edward Wellesly-Earl of Northon and owner of Gatehaven and indebted to Leon, Rachel Shannon Aimee-young foolish and thinks she is in love, Ian Colquhoun in love with Shannon but she has higher dreams than being a pastors wife. There are also a variety of characters, good, pure evil, as well as quirky, misguided and lost.
I love the many meetings of Ian with pastors, sharing and being challenged to move forward in his Christian walk, all based on scripture and the interpretation of the pastor. The first one, Pastor Petit, often says this after sharing with Ian, But dont take my word for it. I could be wrong. Read the Bible for yourself. pg. 17
And although this is a story, it is also important for us as Christians to not take others words on things, but to constantly read His Word to see what He has to say.
There is much time spent in the Word, and sharing what it means and how it can be put into practice. And thats really what being a Christian is all about. We can know the Bible backwards and forwards but until we apply it, its just knowledge. Lots of great Bible verses shared, especially with regards to Satan, the evil and the actions taking place in Gatehaven and having to do with Edward and his family, Leon and more.
The writing pulls you in and you cant help but to keep reading, even though at times it can be quite disturbing and yes you can feel the dread, the heaviness of the darkness and hoping for just a glimmer of light, something hopeful. You will not be disappointed.
There is romance, intrigue, evil, and lots of His Word. I am glad I stepped outside my comfort zone to try this genre and I thank book fun.org and the author, Molly Noble Bull, for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Gatehaven is a very enjoyable Gothic novel. A vengeful villain, spurned by his love years ago, seeks to even the score. A young woman unknowingly enters into his perfect trap, believing that a handsome, young man loves her and wants to marry her. She is drawn away from her family and encounters evil and the occult. Fortunately for her, her parents have sent her brother and a friend of hers to watch out for her, but will they uncover the deceit and evil in time to save her? There are many twists and narrow escapes that keep the readers attention throughout. I would recommend this novel to any Gothic fan. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.