Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
Bethany House / 2011
About the book:
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?
Girl in the Gatehouse was a very good regency romance novel that I think fans of this genre will definitely enjoy!
While Girl in the Gatehouse isn't my favorite of the Julie Klassen books I've read so far (that would be The Maid of Fairbourne Hall), it's a close second. The characters were so different and special. It's hard for me to try to pick one favorite and I don't think I can - all of the main ones were great!
I loved the redemption story in Girl in the Gatehouse. It was really moving and showed the strength/power of forgiveness and second chances.
There were some nice twists/surprises in Girl in the Gatehouse which was great! I love when books keep me guessing. =)
Overall, I really enjoyed Girl in the Gatehouse and was really close to giving it 5 stars. I recommend it if you tend to like regency or historical romance novels.
*I did not get this book for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*