The Girl in the Gatehouse

The Girl in the Gatehouse

by Julie Klassen
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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441214119
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 61,979
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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® 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.
JULIE KLASSEN loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com.

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The Girl in the Gatehouse 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 298 reviews.
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book and was not disappointed. loved every minute reading it.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to read The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen. I'm a huge fan of Regency era novels. I could not wait to dive into this one. The book begins with the main character, Mariah being sent away. There is a lot of mystery and suspense surrounding the reason behind this exile. Julie Klassen did a great job giving you just a lit bit of information here and there. Mariah is taken in by an aunt whom she's not had contact with in a long while. The aunt sets her up at the gatehouse. The gatehouse has been abandoned for many years. Together with her childhood governess, Ms. Dixon, they begin to turn the gatehouse into a home. During their stay at the gatehouse, they encounter many interesting people, mainly from the poorhouse just outside the gate. There is also a mysterious man that walks the roof of the poorhouse that nobody wants to acknowledge. This is an intriguing addition to the story line. The story heats up when the estate is leased by the dashing Captain Mathew Bryant. His sole mission in life is to win back the love he lost by flaunting his new wealth in front of his ex. Captain Mathew Bryant and Mariah form a heart warming friendship. However Captain Bryant is suspicious of Mariah's reputation. Mariah has to hold many secrets to protect herself. I really liked Mariah's character. She is a strong, resourceful, witty, and gentle character. She is thrown into a tough situation and is determined to make the best out of it. She is also remorseful of what she's done even to the extreme that she feels undeserving of even God's love. She is also going against society and trying to become a published author. Captain Bryant is a great character too, although he spends much of his time wanting all the wrong things. He's good at heart even thought he's a bit misguided. My favorite character is Ms. Dixon. She is a kind, loyal, no-nonsense kind of girl. There are many themes woven throughout this novel such as forgiveness, finding hope, and love. There are several love stories strewn throughout this book. I loved them all. I could tell from reading this book that Julie Klassen was inspired by Jane Austen when she wrote this book. I especially loved the quotes that were above each chapter. Many from Jane Austen or her novels. Many of the characters had certain qualities that I've found in Austen. In fact I think Mariah herself was modeled a little after Jane. This is an absolutely charming novel that I couldn't put down. I will definitely re-read this book again.
shanbritts More than 1 year ago
I love this book, hated to see the story come to an end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a compelling and heart stirring read. my first Klassen novel which has prompted me to purchase Julie's titles again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a while back, and loved it. It has so many twists and turns in it and keeps you on your toes. You will never put this one down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading novels from this time period. This book exposed how society and family dealt with a person who was considered no longer respectable. As the reader, I could genuinely feel the emotions Mariah was experiencing. Another unique aspect of the book was the main characters were BOTH considered flawed by society standards. My attention was absorbed in the clean reading, lots of conversation and mystery, too. Do you think I would read another novel by this author? ABSOLUTELY!!
paris2istanbul More than 1 year ago
The Girl in the Gatehouse is the first of Julie Klassen's novels that I have read and I intend to read them all now. Set in Regency era England, the book tells the tale of young Mariah Aubrey who is banished from her home and sent to live in the gatehouse of her wealthy aunt because of a scandal. When her Aunt dies soon after, Mariah is left at the mercy of her Aunt's retched step-son and the mysterious new naval Captain that has come to lease the mansion. At the same time, she begins writing and publishing novels under a pen-name to make ends meet, all the while growing closer to the dashing Captain Bryant, solving an intriguing mystery, and coming to terms with her part in the scandal that sent her to the gatehouse. Written in a voice reminiscent of Jane Austen, The Girl in the Gatehouse is an absorbing read and one that I highly recommend.
Indy25 More than 1 year ago
Driven away from a home by a scandal, Mariah is quite literally banished to a gatehouse on her aunt's expansive property, where she is to live out her time in solitude and penitence. Fortunately for us, our leading lady won't sit by idle, and the drama ensues. Several male leads pop up, and the predicable conclusion happens. It just takes a while to get there. This is not as strong a story as Klassen's The Apothecary's Daughter. The characters are not as well written or sympathetic as in the aforementioned novel, but more importantly, there are simply so many of them (and all with "M" names). Rather than enhancing, the subplots are a burden to the overall plot. It should not stop you from enjoying the book.it just could have been that much better with a more ruthless edit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though she was unfairly shunned, she maintained her humanity and dignity. Well written and plot was engaging and at times surprising.
BirdieJF More than 1 year ago
Refreshing read enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book. Very Jane Austen like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible work of art amoung her books! Write more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked thep part where Mariah was retreiving the ball for one of the poorhouse children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by this author! I will definitely keep watching for new books by her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down! Great book!
thebookcharacter More than 1 year ago
Star Rating: 3.5 stars (I liked it pretty well.) Content Rating: PG (recommended to 13&up) My Opinions: What I liked/loved - Don't get me wrong, this book was great. There was a good bit of mystery and questions that needed answered to pull you along through its pages. Julie Klassen also happens to be one of my favorite authors, having read four of her books that are this sort of fiction. The regency era (historical fiction, really) with some romance mixed in is one of my favorite genres. Her two books The Apothecary's Daughter and The Silent Governess are on my favorite books' list. The relationship between Mariah and Captian Bryant is not anything to worry about. Thankfully there are some sweet, charismatic moments for those romantics at heart. What historical romance would be complete without them? There is just something about when a relationship unfolds slowly, and I get to have those times when I hold my breath or sigh happily. What I didn't like/hated - However, this book did fall a bit short of my hopeful expectations. I knew some other reviewers had found it to be a bit slow and not one of her best works, but I tried to maintain a bright outlook as I read it. This book took me forever to finish though, and it was not until about halfway through that it finally started to really grab my attention. I found it too easy to set it aside, and took a break or two to finish/read other books in between finishing this one (something I usually try to avoid). The conclusion was satisfying, and I did not regret spending my time on it, but I have to agree that this was not her best work- though still a good one. Maybe because it was confined to such a small area (no traveling really), it did not give my mind enough places to wander. This book is still worth reading, especially if you love historical romances with a bit more story to them... or if you would like to see what life for a female writer in the 1800s might be like... or if you love Jane Austen's book Persuasion. Sadly, it won't be going on my "favorite books' list" though. Content (For Those Who Wonder): Language - None. Sensuality - Some. There are some kissing scenes, and talk about a shady past (a girl was taken advantage of when she was younger as well as Mariah's fall, is made clear, but there aren't any disturbing or inappropriate details). There are a few "sensual" moments in referencing to Mariah's past, her feelings towards a man, and when a man embarrasses her in front of a small party. Though nothing is really inappropriate, and is suitable for most ages. Violence - Hardly any, Captain Bryant suffers from nightmares and guilt from his time at war, and we also hear the story of another captain's experiences. Nothing very gruesome or gory though. Other - No other content to note or worry about. But I will mention this is a Christian book, so mention of God, faith, etc. do make some appearances for any of those wondering.
psmMD More than 1 year ago
this is one of those books that once you get into it you cannot put it down. It is a very good read!
Mary_Jean_Adams More than 1 year ago
I picked up The Girl in the Gatehouse because I was looking for a clean historical romance. I thought it looked interesting, though, for the record, I'm not a fan of "all things Jane" as is Julie Klassen. Sure, I've watched Pride and Prejudice a few times, but that's more because I'm a fan of (almost) all things Colin Firth, if you know what I mean. I've never even read Jane Eyre. (Sacrilege for a romance writer to admit, right?) I soon realized this was not the first novel I had read by Ms. Klassen. I also read The Painter's Daughter several months ago. There was something about the style and cadence that felt familiar. Both books are exceptionally well written and very enjoyable. Both also start with a heroine who is a "fallen woman," not because of extreme moral failings on her part, but because of her willingness to believe the promises of others. However, the novels do not follow the same script, so it was not like reading the same book over again in a different setting. (Don't you just hate that?) In a time when the consequences of such an indiscretion fall almost completely on the woman, Mariah has had to come to grips with a new reality quickly. She's a very mature heroine, something I really like. But, while she's wary, she doesn't close herself off from all relationships with the world. Her kind-heartedness draws a wonderful secondary cast of characters about her, and they are one of the true delights of the story. I found myself rooting for her companion's blossoming romance(s), and felt Miss Dixon's pain when she had to choose between two worthy men. The other characters who fill her life feel as though they were placed there by a divine hand to provide her just the right insight and guidance. I loved them all. (OK, with the exception of Hugh, who was pretty much a villain.) The hero, Captain Matthew Bryant, is almost the perfect hero. The reason I say almost is because I never quite understood his desire to impress the woman who threw him over. He seems too level-headed to have been attracted to someone so shallow, but who can fathom the ways of men, eh? His interactions with Mariah are every bit as sweet as one would expect from this type of romance.
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weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars      Mariah finds herself and her companion living in the old gatehouse of her aunts estate due to her grave error in judgment with a man. Her family has cast her out and she only hopes to hide her secret and heal for she thought the man really loved her. Her aunt was in poor health and she soon finds herself at the mercy of her cousin who does not show the same compassion as her aunt. After her aunt’s death the estate is rented out to a former navy captain. Matthew hopes to use the estate to impress and win the heart of a woman he thinks he loves. Yet once he meets Mariah he slowly starts to question that idea. Can Mariah keep her secrets from him and will Matthew win  the heart of his lady or will love win them both? What I liked: I really liked Mariah, Matthew and all the supporting characters. The poor house residents added a nice side story and helped keep the plot interesting. The depth of this book was good you really got to know the characters and what they were going through felt real. The storyline was well-developed and easy to follow. What I did not like: As much as I enjoyed this book it was a slow read. It seemed to take forever to get this story moving. I understand that the characters needed to develop but it just didn’t keep me glued to each page. The side story about Captain Prince was interesting but kind of odd and just did not draw me.      Overall this book was okay. It just did not keep me glued to the book. There were a few times where I just wanted to jump ahead and see how things turned out. There was a lot going on in this book almost to many side plots. But I did like the characters and once we did get to the end I was happy to see how things turned out. If you like historical fiction you might enjoy this book.
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