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?
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Pub., c2010.
ISBN: 9780764207082
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jun 19, 2017

If you are looking for a book where romance is the central theme, this is not your book.
Yes, ultimately, it becomes a romance novel and there is plenty of romance going on. The problem is there are so many different side stories going on you don't get much in the way of the main character's romance, and then boom! At the end, the characters click and are in love! All of the other side stories cloud this focus.
I, like another reader, am not exactly thrilled to find women giving in to compromise prior to marriage. While I'm sure it is/was a reality, and an unfortunate one at that, I'd rather have seen the heroine with more backbone in the beginning.

Jan 27, 2017

The book held my interest all the way to the end.

Dec 03, 2015

I didn't like this book. I found it disgusting and awful when the character had done the intimate act (let alone slept with the man) outside of marriage. I'm very sorry I read it. All her other novels, The Apothecary's Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Painter's Daughter, The Tutor's Daughter, Secret of Pemberbrooke Park, and Lady Maybe, would all be great (I have not read The Dancing Master) if sex was not involved with most of the characters. Sex before marriage is never good if it is done between two unmarried people; it shows lust and impatience. This was a disappointment and I would not recommend anyone read it. God bless!


Love all of her books. Unique way of writing.

LadySugar Oct 29, 2013

I have come to enjoy almost all the books i read by Julie Klassen. She really takes you back to give you an understanding of the regency period and what people experienced during a time when propriety mattered more than continuing relationships and 'how people will talk' was very important. Fans of Jane Austen will like this very much.

Apr 18, 2013

Though some parts can be a little slow, there are a lot of interesting elements to this story (mystery, romance, a little action and humor). And I liked how the author incorporated God, faith and forgiveness without being too preachy :) Overall I really enjoyed it!

Feb 20, 2013

This novel is a mix of Austen's Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and the BBC movie Miss Austen Regrets. I found this book more enjoyable than the previous book that I read by Klassen (the title slips my mind right now). Most characters are believable and I liked the fact that Klassen took a frowned upon chracter created by Austen and attempted to make her more appealing and more adored by the reader. I did connect with the character of Mariah and so for that reason the author work is well written in my opinion.

Aug 27, 2012

This was a great book. The characters seemed real as well as the plot. It made me laugh a lot. I like her style of writing.

Jul 10, 2012

Loved this book. It was well written and the characters were so intriguing. I loved how the author showed how writing was seriously frowned upon. An amazing Historical Mysterious Romance to be read again and again.

Apr 24, 2012

well written and not to boring the book was beyond a lot of things.
very well and funny it was one i would re read.


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LadySugar Oct 29, 2013

Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on her relative's estate to escape her humiliating past. There she independent and supports herself and her loyal servant by writing novels in secret.

Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England as a successful and wealthy officer leases an impressive estate close to the gatehouse. The captian is determined to re-introduce himself into high society particularly to catch a once-lover who rejected him. He wants to prove to her that she made a grave mistake. however when Matthew and Mariah's path's cross they uncover much more than what they both originally intended to do.


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Jul 10, 2012

“Words are important to me. I listen to each one, weigh and measure it. If I cannot trust your words, how can I trust you?”


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