Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Girl In The Gatehouse - by Julie Klassen

My Thoughts: Have you ever read a book that consumes you... you can't seem to put it down and when you absolutely have to, then it's all you can think about? The Girl in the Gatehouse was that kind of book for me! 
The characters were well developed and the story was so believable that it drew me in and kept me fully engaged. It was not only the main characters that were so cleverly sculpted and interesting but all of the supporting characters were just as plausible. Well it seems I can not say enough good stuff about this book but I will say one more thing. I was so very impressed that Klassen chose to confront big topics that fit brilliantly into the time period of the book but still are relevant in lives of women today. This will be a book that I will highly recommend for a long time to come and to a wide variety of people 

Girl in the Gatehouse, The, Julie Klassen, 978-0-7642-0708-2
Mariah Aubrey lives in seclusion with her secrets. 
Will an ambitious captain uncover her identity... and her hidden past?

Banished from the only home she's ever known, Mariah Aubrey hides herself away in an abandoned gatehouse on a distant relative's estate. There she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how—by writing novels in secret.

When Captain Matthew Bryant leases the estate, he is intrigued by the beautiful girl in the gatehouse. But there are many things he doesn't know about this beguiling outcast. Will he risk his plans—and his heart—for a woman shadowed by scandal?

Intriguing, mysterious, and romantic, The Girl in the Gatehousetakes readers inside the life of a secret authoress at a time when novel-writing was considered improper for ladies and the smallest hint of impropriety could change a woman's life forever.
"Klassen expertly infuses her Regency-set inspirational tale with a gothic atmosphere, resulting in a sweetly intriguing romance worthy of Victoria Holt."
—Booklist, about The Silent Governess

"The author takes the reader back in time effortlessly. If you enjoy Jane Austen or the Regency period, you will love this book."
—Romantic Times, about The Silent Governess
"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, Booklist

Julie Klassen is a fiction editor with a background in advertising. She has worked in Christian publishing for more than twelve years, in both marketing and editorial capacities. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She enjoys travel, research, books, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends.Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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