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The Girl in the Gatehouse 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 secretCaptain 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 he learns about her, the 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

  • Paperback
  • 391 pages
  • The Girl in the Gatehouse
  • Julie Klassen
  • English
  • 25 May 2018
  • 0764207083

About the Author: Julie Klassen

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 She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and Christian Retailing s BEST Award, and been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America s RITA Awards and ACFW s Carol Awards She blogs at and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St Paul, Minnesota.



10 thoughts on “The Girl in the Gatehouse

  1. says:

    I cannot trust my friend to ever give me book suggestions again If I ever hear her refer or compare this to Austen I shall slap her face with a salmon.

  2. says:

    This is my favorite Julie Klassen book so far I enjoyed the little mysteries and secrets revealed in the story, and the secondary characters were wonderfully original and interesting I also enjoyed the little parallels of the heroine with Jane Austen, as she was also an authoress The plot was enjoyable intricate Well done.

  3. says:

    I have a standard No Christian fiction policy that stems from the general irritation I feel when a story is going along swimmingly and then all of a sudden it s like you re in Sunday School and I hate Sunday School One minute you re reading about a mystery, the next the main character is pontificating on things like mercy and salvation Don t get me wrong, I m not a complete pagan, and I get that these are good things I just don t like them in books They feel wrong somehow, too out in the I have a standard No Christian fiction policy that stems from the general irritation I feel when a story is going along swimmingly and then all of a sudden it s like you re in Sunday School and I hate Sunday School One minute you re reading about a mystery, the next the main character is pontificating on things like mercy and salvation Don t get me wrong, I m not a complete pagan, and I get that these are good things I just don t like them in books They feel wrong somehow, too out in the open and not quietly personal, which is the way I like my religion SoI fought reading The Girl in the Gatehouse only because the author is a Christy Award winner It wasn t a bad read,although it did last too long and all of the loose strings came together a little too neatly I felt the resolution could have been reached about 50 pages sooner than it was The religious bits weren t bad, but still grated on my nerves and there is no good reason why Apparently I m a heathen

  4. says:

    I think that I have figured out something very important about Klassen s books that I wish I had understood from the very beginning While the faith element is present, it is subtle She lets the reader choose either to draw , as her stories are rich with meaning and imagery if you are looking for it, or you can take it at face value and see little faith in it This is a story of redemption The road to redemption isn t easy Finding forgiveness from others and oneself is hard Klassen did a I think that I have figured out something very important about Klassen s books that I wish I had understood from the very beginning While the faith element is present, it is subtle She lets the reader choose either to draw , as her stories are rich with meaning and imagery if you are looking for it, or you can take it at face value and see little faith in it This is a story of redemption The road to redemption isn t easy Finding forgiveness from others and oneself is hard Klassen did a wonderful job, and I look forward to readingof her works

  5. says:

    The Girl in the Gatehouse begins with Mariah Aubrey being dismissed from her family home in disgrace With only her former governess to serve as a companion, Mariah is forced to rely on the generosity of a beloved aunt Aunt Francesca allows Mariah to live rent free in the estate gatehouse, but she is firm that Mariah is not allowed to venture up to the big house without invitation This does not seem to disturb Mariah who takes solace in nature walks and writing novels.However, when Francesca d The Girl in the Gatehouse begins with Mariah Aubrey being dismissed from her family home in disgrace With only her former governess to serve as a companion, Mariah is forced to rely on the generosity of a beloved aunt Aunt Francesca allows Mariah to live rent free in the estate gatehouse, but she is firm that Mariah is not allowed to venture up to the big house without invitation This does not seem to disturb Mariah who takes solace in nature walks and writing novels.However, when Francesca dies and her stepson takes over and threatens to throw Mariah into the poorhouse if rent is not paid, Mariah quickly works to have her books published albeit anonymously It isn t too long before the dashing Captain Matthew Bryant, returning from the Napoleonic Wars, decides to rent the estate and becomes intrigued by the mysterious young lady living in the gatehouse Both soon realize that they have much in common, but will the Captain be able to handle the secrets that threaten to destroy his and Mariah s happiness While this wasn t my favorite Klassen tale, there is no denying that I enjoyed her modeling her Captain Matthew Bryant after Austen s Wentworth Persuasion An enjoyable reading experience that will continue to have me picking up her titles

  6. says:

    Reputation and RedemptionRating 4.5 out of 5 starsTYPE OF NOVEL Regency Romance, Historical FictionSETTING 1814, Whit, EnglandSYNOPSIS Mariah Aubrey is no longer welcome in her father s house, and therefore must move to an abandoned gatehouse on her aunt s estate Happy to have a roof over her head, Mariah strives to make her new life a success But after a few months it is looking a little bleak, and Mariah doesn t think they will have the funds to continue living there much longer Her Reputation and RedemptionRating 4.5 out of 5 starsTYPE OF NOVEL Regency Romance, Historical FictionSETTING 1814, Whit, EnglandSYNOPSIS Mariah Aubrey is no longer welcome in her father s house, and therefore must move to an abandoned gatehouse on her aunt s estate Happy to have a roof over her head, Mariah strives to make her new life a success But after a few months it is looking a little bleak, and Mariah doesn t think they will have the funds to continue living there much longer Her aunt s estate is soon leased by a Captain Bryant, who is on a mission to impress the woman and her father who rejected him four years ago His plans don t include befriending the girl in the gatehouse, but it seems he is inexplicably drawn to her even though scandal surrounds her Is it just friendly compassion or somethingWHAT I LOVED Touches of Jane Austen In every Julie Klassen novel readers can spot allusions or references to Jane Austen and Charlotte Bront In her author bio it says Ms Klassen loves all things Jane With a character named Mariah with a tarnished reputation and a naval captain trying to win over someone who previously rejected him, there were some nods to Mansfield Park and Persuasion in this tale Two novels that pair very well together and are not often referenced in Ms Klassen s other novels I enjoyed spotting the parallels and clever ways Ms Klassen paid tribute to these two stories There is also a scene or two that made me think of Sense and Sensibility A Host of Characters Adjoining the estate Mariah lives on is a poorhouse, and Mariah gets to know several of the children and other residents who live there In addition, Mariah and her nurse turned servant meet other workers from the estate and befriend them It was lovely to see so many people connect and grow closer to each other in this small estate All these secondary characters were endearing and well developed and their interactions with each other warm your heart and make you wish you could join their happy little troupe Slowly Revealed Why is Mariah not welcome in her father s home What did she do What is in her aunt s locked chest that she gave to Mariah What secrets does the poorhouse hold These answers aren t revealed untilthan halfway through the story I love how Ms Klassen introduces a bit of intrigue or mystery right at the beginning of her stories and very slowly divulges clues chapter by chapter, but doesn t reveal all until much later It is always so much fun to make my own suppositions and see if I am right Eventful With so many secondary characters andthan one secret, there are quite a few story lines that interweave with each other in this tale Between reading journals, writing stories, performing theatricals, visiting the poorhouse, and a grand house party filled with many guests there is quite a bit going on I enjoyed the multiple story lines and how each character had some interesting developments happening.WHAT I WASN T TOO FOND OF Sometimes Overshadowed With so many delightful characters occasionally stealing the spotlight, I did sometimes feel that Captain Bryant and the relationship between him and Mariah was a little overshadowed I love relationships that begin as innocent friendships, and in the early part of the book we see many moments where both feel a bit of admiration or attraction for the other I guess I wanted to see their relationshipin the spotlight during the second part of the book.CONCLUSION Intrigue and secrets, a strong and admirable heroine, seamless writing, and a scattering of Jane Austen influences and allusions The Girl in the Gatehouse is filled with all my favorite Julie Klassen trademarks Proving once again why I adore her works To echo everyone that has said it before if you love Jane Austen and Regency romances, you should read Julie Klassen Austenesque Reviews

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    It is you, he began foolishly I almost did not recognize you Without the cap, I mean, and well you were dressed so That is, I thought you wereA maidservant she said easily He winced Forgive me There is nothing to forgive You came upon me in my jam making attire She smiled Yet I recognize you out of uniform, Captain Bryant Update I added my 2011review of this book at the botton of this one The Girl in the Gatehouse 2010, Bethany House is a It is you, he began foolishly I almost did not recognize you Without the cap, I mean, and well you were dressed so That is, I thought you wereA maidservant she said easily He winced Forgive me There is nothing to forgive You came upon me in my jam making attire She smiled Yet I recognize you out of uniform, Captain Bryant Update I added my 2011review of this book at the botton of this one The Girl in the Gatehouse 2010, Bethany House is a standalone Christian Regency romance with a hint of mystery by Julie Klassen set near the village of Whit in Staffordshire, England in 1814 I chose to reread this book because I have enjoyed every Klassen book I ve ever read I loved this book just as much the second time around It s really excellent, and it s pretty telling that out of all the books she has written, it is Julie Klassen s favorite book at least as of when she answered a reader s question on Goodreads, which was between the publication of The Secret of Pembrooke Park and her Ivy Hill series Rating 5 stars without question Narration 5 starsThe heroine Mariah Aubrey, 24, has been banished from her family s home and relegated to the gatehouse on the estate of a relative She soon finds that she has need of funds and decides to turn to her talent for writing, hoping it can become a means of support The hero Captain Matthew Bryant meets Mariah when he has a mishap while traveling alone on a horse She helps him out, which was reminiscent of Jane Eyre meeting Mr Rochester for the first time This might be coincidental, but either way, I thought it was fun Christian elements Before chapter one, we have, But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it Jesus Christ NIV Late in the book Mariah prayed, contritely asking God to forgive not only her offenses, but for wavering in her devotion Is it clean chaste Yes However, I d say this book is not for middle school students.What I liked The cover of this book may possibly be my favorite cover of all time Not only is it gorgeous, but it s a perfect representation of the story I loved the number of elements from Jane Austen books, especially Mansfield Park, which were used in this story The beginning of each chapter has a quote, and it s frequently an Austen quote view spoiler According to Ms Klassen s author s note in the back of the book which I don t remember hearing in the audio version Austen s Maria pronounced Mariah Bertram s situation partly inspired the creation of Klassen s Mariah Aubrey Don t worry Klassen s very caring Mariah is unlike the very selfish Maria created by Austen And Captain Bryant was partly inspired by Austen s Captain Wentworth hide spoiler The secondary characters in this story were absolutely stupendous Loved, loved, loved them all And there s many of them The setting, the setting So rich, rich, rich A manor house, a gatehouse, and a poorhouse These were so very well drawn, and I loved it all Historical details are always fun, especially when they re lesser known ones Klassen includes Kissing Friday in the story, when boys were allowed, under a tradition of indeterminate origin, to kiss them girls without fear of getting a slap or being chased by an angry parent Under the rules of Kissing Friday, falling two days after Ash Wednesday, the tradition supposedly said that no girl was allowed to say no Quote from Another atypical historical detail was the inclusion of the poorhouse It s something that is occasionally mentioned in Regency novels as something to be avoided, but I ve never read another Regency that includes a poorhouse and its people as an important part of the setting.What I didn t like The antagonist But the reader isn t supposed to And kudos to Ms Klassen for showing a hint of redeeming qualities in the antagonist.Audiobook The narration by Elizabeth Jasicki was most excellent The bottom line This was an ideal Christian Regency romance I recommend this book to all fans of Jane Austen or Regency romance, regardless of whether they re readers of Christian novels I think that aspect was organically portrayed I will be readingby this author, whether it s a reread via Audible or one of the few I haven t read yet I m adding Klassen to my list of top 5 authors I have long suspected she belongs on that list, but it had been so long since I had read one of her books that I wanted to do a reread to be certain It s going to be a top 6 list now, because I really don t feel like eliminating any of the others.Original 2011 review I have loved every Julie Klassen book, and this one is no exception A very fun read with lots of fabulous characters

  8. says:

    What a fun historical romance I enjoyed this one.

  9. says:

    This book kept me guessing all the way It starts off with immediate action, with the heroine leaving her parents home for exile with her former nurse She is under disgrace for her actions while at a house party we aren t told details until later in the story It had the feel of a true Regency story with some elements of mystery thrown in The romance was very subtle and enjoyable we didn t get the know the characters only for their bodily traits and perfect fitness for each other, but for This book kept me guessing all the way It starts off with immediate action, with the heroine leaving her parents home for exile with her former nurse She is under disgrace for her actions while at a house party we aren t told details until later in the story It had the feel of a true Regency story with some elements of mystery thrown in The romance was very subtle and enjoyable we didn t get the know the characters only for their bodily traits and perfect fitness for each other, but for their own unique character In a way, I d call itof a Regency drama than a romance.It was a long book, but I really wanted it to be longer There were so many little things that I enjoyed, such as the characters of Maggie and Lizzie, that I d have stayed with them almost indefinitely and been happy But the ending was quite perfect.I ve already downloaded The Tutor s Daughter

  10. says:

    Julie Klassen has done it again A wonderful story full of intrigue and mystrey and many twits and turns in the plot which, I can assure you, you will not expect It kept me hooked the whole time and I read far too late into the night to finish it I just had to know what was going to happen It hadserious themes running through it than the Silent Governess with talk of mistresses and the heroine herself landed in the Gatehouse due to the loss of her virtue However, it was a great stor Julie Klassen has done it again A wonderful story full of intrigue and mystrey and many twits and turns in the plot which, I can assure you, you will not expect It kept me hooked the whole time and I read far too late into the night to finish it I just had to know what was going to happen It hadserious themes running through it than the Silent Governess with talk of mistresses and the heroine herself landed in the Gatehouse due to the loss of her virtue However, it was a great story and still had a lot of humour There are many points which reminded me of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Mariah s story herself is almost something like the Maria of Mansfield Park would face after her involvement with Henry Crawford However, the Mariah in this story is a lotlikeable There were some wonderful characters, aside from the dashing hero, and many side plots, which all link together in some way or another, which you will enjoy reading about and seeing develop through the story notably that of the heroes friend, a Mr Hart and a certain young lady as well as the heroines companion, a Miss Dixon and two gentleman both vying for her attention, a Mr Phelps and a Mr Martin If you want a wonderfully intriguing mystery which you cannot guess what is going to happen and which is set in beautiful England during the fascinating regency era than you can never go wrong with a novel by Julie Klassen I cannot wait to lose myself in her next novel

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