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It might not be much, but the abandoned gatehouse is Mariah Aubrey’s new home. After a brush with scandal threatens to tarnish her family’s social standing, Mariah is sent away by her father. Fortunately her aunt, Mrs. Francesca Prin-Hallsey, offers the use of the old gatehouse on her late husband’s estate. But since Mariah also needs a way of supplementing the meager funds provided by her family, she begins writing novels. Inspiration for her literary efforts is the one thing not in short supply, especially once Captain Matthew Bryant arrives to lease the estate after her aunt’s death. Both kind-hearted and courageous, Matthew is the stuff from which romantic heroes are made, and he would be perfect for Mariah if only he wasn’t so determined to marry another woman! Christy and RITA nominee Klassen creates a wonderful cast of engaging characters while neatly stirring in a generous dash of mystery and danger into the plot of her latest, charmingly romantic inspirational romance. --John Charles

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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. She has won three Christy Awards in the Historical Romance category for The Si
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207082
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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September 1813. Take one abandoned gatehouse on an English estate adjacent to the village poorhouse. Insert one banished woman. Season with fascinating secondary characters, a shipwreck, and a manservant with a hook instead of a hand. Sprinkle in some 18th century home-produced plays and an old man with a spyglass pacing a rooftop. Sear with the heady longings of the hero and heroine along with an unexpectedly sweet courtship between two mature characters. Add echoes of Jane Austen. Simmer in exhaustive research about a hierarchical culture with liberal spoonfuls of social commentary, intrigue, and unlikely love. Toss in some unpredictable plot twists at the very end and a gate yearning to be unlocked. Result? A delicious, noteworthy historical romance novel well worth your time.

Chapter 18 of The Girl in the Gatehouse begins with an Austen quote, "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything else than of a book!"

It is a happy thing to write a book review for Jane Austen devotee, Julie Klassen, on this, the 235th anniversary of Miss Austen's birth. Unlike Miss Austen, who received little notoriety or respect for her writing during her lifetime, Julie Klassen is a RITA and Christy Award finalist. Ms. Klassen returns a third time to expertly write about the Regency period in English history. I have great respect for her work. In her author's note, she states that the novel is peppered with Austen-like characters. Julie Klassen's love of writing and authors pervade The Girl in the Gatehouse. Women who aren't supposed to write publish anonymously. Letters are written, read and re-read. Closeted writers abound, male and female alike, producing journals, stories, "theatricals" and novels. Ms. Klassen pens an engrossing read.
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As soon as I saw 'The Girl in the Gatehouse' on the shelf of the bookstore where I work I "snatched" it without thought. I knew any book by Julie Klassen was a MUST HAVE. I was not disappointed. Like a young child with an open cookie jar, I read the entire book in one sitting; stayed up all night to do so. I didn't want to wait, even until morning, to know how the author would solve the problems and bring the story to a happy but believable ending. Rarely do I read a romance novel with a plot that holds my attention and keeps me wondering right to the end of the book. This one did. "What is she hiding? Why does he do that? Is there something going on between them? How can he be so dense?" Those are some of the questions I kept asking myself as I read. All were answered, delightfully and with more surprises than I've had in a book in a long time. To top all this, the book was filled with allusions to characters, plots, and quotes from books by Jane Austen. These caused moments of such startling joy as to make the reading of this book feel as if I was reading an old favorite instead of a brand new, hot off the press book.

'The Girl in the Gatehouse' is an excellent story and more; it is truly delightful. If this book doesn't bring Julie Klassen another award I will be very much surprised. I recommend it without reservation as one of the best books I've read.
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Three years ago I had the great pleasure of reading Julie Klassen's first novel, "Lady of Milkweed Manor." That's all it took to make me a huge fan of Klassen's storytelling. Every time I have an opportunity to suggest literature to others, I nearly always starts with Klassen's novels. I'm thrilled to have 4 to recommend now. I saved "The Girl in the Gatehouse" for a a quiet moment during Christmas vacation and I wasn't disappointed. True to form, this story captured me in the very first pages and there was absolutely no putting it down. All 391 pages were devoured in one snowy day. Klassen's character development is rich, her beautiful, descriptions of the Regency-set atmosphere are so precise, I felt like I could see every detail and feel the chill in the air when Mariah Aubrey felt it. I highly recommend "The Girl in the Gatehouse" as well as Klassen's other three novels. My only gripe is that now I have to wait for the release of her next novel. Please hurry, Julie, hurry!
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I'm going to do a lot of comparing with The Silent Governess because that's the only other Klassen I've read. Austen's influence on Klassen was subtle in The Silent Governess. It becomes more pronounced in The Girl in the Gatehouse.

Mariah is a sympathetic version of Mansfield Park's Maria Bertram and Matthew Bryant is clearly inspired by Persuasion's Captain Wentworth. Both are struggling with adequacy issues: Mariah is a "fallen woman" - she feels every stone cast against her and feels that she deserves every one. Bryant is ambitious to prove to his father, his crush, and basically all the world that he's a person worthy of love and respect. Klassen makes them both wonderfully flawed and insecure as they try to love themselves (and eventually be able to love others--including each other). Once again the cast of background characters are just as interesting as the main protagonists. However, compared with The Silent Governess, the cast of characters isn't as complex as those of The Silent Governess. In The Silent Governess all of the characters had some tragic flaw, as well as redeeming qualities. Here that doesn't happen as much- the good are clearly good and the bad are clearly bad. I only note that because I thought it was one of the great strengths of The Silent Governess. But I still stayed up late reading this one. Recommended!
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