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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Creation House
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Gatehaven is the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest Winner.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5gothicMay 9, 2015ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a pretty good story. Somewhat gothic. There were some twists and turns. I really liked the characters. I received an ebook copy from book fun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
KatyTennesseeGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exciting intrigueApril 4, 2015KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Gatehaven 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.
loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining Gothic Novel!!!!!!April 1, 2015loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gatehaven 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.
shanfromcanCanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Romance, intrigue and a whole lot more!January 6, 2015shanfromcanCanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5GatehavenDecember 28, 2014jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Gatehaven 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.
Author: Molly Noble Bull
Located in: Kingsville, Texas
Submitted: September 14, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I married my college sweetheart, and we are still married after all these years. We have three grown sons and six grandchildren. My father and grandfather were cattle ranch managers. (Real Texas cowboys.) And I spent part of my growing up years on a sixty thousand acre cattle ranch. I love the wide open spaces, but I also love to learn about interesting places around the world. Writing historicals like Sanctuary and Gatehaven makes that possible.
What was your motivation behind this project? The Bible motivates me to write books, stories and articles. Settings motivate me, too, and Gatehaven take place in a haunting mansion in the north of England in 1784. I call Gatehaven a Christian Gothic Novel, and it's kind of scary. It was first written as the sequel to Sanctuary, but after Tsaba House went out of business, I changed a few things -- like the names of the characters and some of the dates. Most of the story is set in England, but part of the story takes place in a village in Scotland. The book ends at a third location -- the state of South Carolina.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Like Sanctuary, there is a really bad guy in Gatehaven -- an evil Frenchman involved in the occult. He wants to destroy the hero and heroine, and they must study God's Word in order to fight against him. It is my hope that readers will learn spiritual warfare right along with the hero and heroine.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? In order to write this book, I studied the Bible in earnest. I also did research, and I wouldn't have missed working on this book for anything.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love to write fiction. But I read mostly Christian non-ficton books, including Bible prophecy. Some of my favorite authors are Douglas Woodward, Tom Horn, Rob Skiba and L.A. Marzulli.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: In 2012 I entered Gatehaven in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest, and it won the grand prize. Part of my prize for winning was publication of Gatehaven in trade paperback along with a very nice book-promotional package. Later, Gatehaven will also come out as an e-book.