The Girl in the Gatehouse

The Girl in the Gatehouse

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 398 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 27.69mm | 404g
  • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 0764207083
  • 9780764207082
  • 153,755

About Julie Klassen

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 (R) 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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11,602 ratings
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Julie Klassen specializes in Regency romance titles, and I've enjoyed every single one of them. This one is no exception, though her earlier books are still my favorites. The topics and themes in this book reminded me of Jane Austen's Persuasion (Captain Bryant was reminiscent of Captain Wentworth) and vaguely of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist (mainly the poorhouse and the secrets within it). But despite the echoes of classics I've read and loved, this story is unique all on its own. Mariah has been banished from her family home to live in an old gatehouse on a relative's estate because of a scandal that has tainted her reputation. As the story unfolds the reader and Captain Bryant gradually learn what caused the scandal. Captain Bryant may be chasing after the girl who rejected him, but the girl living in the gatehouse on the estate he is leasing has caught his interest as well. Mariah has a lot of secrets, including the fact that she writes novels, and her devotion to the people in the poorhouse next door is lovely. I loved the way that Mariah and her aunt end up being connected, even though the connection isn't uncovered until after her aunt's death. Her aunt's stepson Hugh was clearly not a good guy from the beginning, regardless of the facade he tried to put up. Some of the twists and turns near the end of the story seemed a little bit far-fetched, but enjoyable nonetheless. This was another charming Regency novel by Julie Klassen. How could I not enjoy a book that reminded me so much of my favorite Austen novel? Persuasion is the superior novel, but this was a pleasant read as well. Recommended to fans of Regency romance. (Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book)show more
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