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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Girl in the Gatehouse...Review

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?

I picked this up at the library when I realized it was a Julie Klassen book I hadn't read. Banished after bringing shame to herself, Mariah is sent to live her life in an abandoned gatehouse on the property of a distant aunt.  Needing to support herself, she writes novels under a masculine name.  When the new resident of the estate moves in, he discovers Mariah and curious about her, he sets out to discover her secrets.

This was a delightful novel with lots of secrets and suspense and a few laughs.  Mariah wants to discover the secrets of the estate and how the house behind the estate with its quirky old man and his spyglass fits into the picture. Matthew wants to discover the secrets about Mariah.  It's a terrific read and fans of Julie Klassen will definitely enjoy it.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can learn more about Julie Klassen here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 5/14

* * * *
4/5 Stars

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