Sunday, January 23

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

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?

For more information on this book and to read the first chapter, check out my preview posted earlier this month.

MY THOUGHTS

Beginning in the fall of 1813, Mariah Aubrey is banished in disgrace to a deserted gatehouse on the large estate of a distant relative, and she finds herself living right next to the parish poorhouse. Accustomed to an affluent lifestyle and now desperately trying to manage on a skimpy allowance handed out by her father, Mariah somehow manages to keep her head up through all the dramatic challenges in her life.

Based during the Regency period, this is a story of hardship but also of sweet romance, during times we can only dream about.  The Girl in the Gatehouse is written about simpler times, with the grace and gentleness that is missing from modern day.

If you love historical fiction, this story is a delight to read from cover to cover.

I received a complimentary copy of The Girl in the Gatehouse through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, in exchange for my honest review.

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