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The Girl in the Gatehouse Paperback – January 1, 2011
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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.Read more ›
'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.
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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A very enjoyable love story with interesting side stories. Good summer read.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Such a fun cute book! This is a quick easy read. I love regency era books and this one doesn't disappoint! I have lent it to a few friends and everyone loves it!Published 21 days ago by Amazon Leslie
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen was a sweet story about a lady, Mariah, whom while paying for the mistakes of her past, finds love, forgiveness and a second chance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bethany
I've read this a few times, and each time I get pulled in to each character's life. There is of course the main story, but all of the little sub plots give the reader a fuller view... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MrsKatV
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... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Jean Adams
I am so liking Julie Klassen! She has all the earmarks of my favorite books growing up. Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Dorothy Eden. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda D
wonderful book. Keep me wondering a lot. It is about a high school book & very very well written. I am looking forward to reading another book by Klassen. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Doris. Dutton