Wednesday, July 13, 2011

REVIEW: The Girl In The Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

Title:  The Girl In The Gatehouse
Author:  Julie Klassen
Publisher:  Bethany House
Format:  Softcover, 391 pages
ISBN:  978-0-7642-0708-2
Price:  $14.99

Sent away by her family, with scandal nipping at her heels, Mariah Aubrey just wants to live a quiet, secluded life in the gatehouse at her aunt's estate.  Alone, with only a servant-companion, she strives to create a new life for herself.  When her expenses exceed her allowance, she attempts to secretly sell novels she has written under the pseudonym "Lady A".


Shortly after Mariah's arrival at the gatehouse, her aunt dies and the house is rented to a naval captain.  Captain Matthew Bryant has become wealthy through his service in the Napoleonic Wars.  Bryant is intent on proving his worth to the woman who rejected him before the wars as he sets up house on the estate.   As Bryant and Mariah develop a friendship, they work together to help those living in the poor house, including the mysterious man on the roof.  Life has surprises for both of them, as their plans do not turn out as they'd hoped.


Though I could guess well in advance that Captain Matthew Bryant and Mariah Aubrey would fall in love, I didn't expect the many twists that would appear in their story.  The subplots add interest to the story, and it concludes with happy endings for (almost) everyone.  I confess that I felt more as if I were observing from a distance than a participant.  I found the book interesting, but not emotionally engaging.


I enjoyed revisiting England during the Napoleonic era while reading The Girl In The Gatehouse.   The Girl In The Gatehouse was an enjoyable and relaxing "summer read".

This book was provided free in exchange for my honest reivew, by Bethany House Publishing.

April E.

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