Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Julie Klassen's The Girl in the Gatehouse ~ Reviewed
The Girl in the Gatehouse
By Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers, 2010
Review by: Michelle Griep
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?
Attention all historical lovers: this is the book for you. Author Julie Klassen takes the reader on a journey to early 1800’s England. Seriously. Her descriptive capabilities bring this era to life in a very real fashion.
What I liked most about Girl in the Gatehouse is the way Klassen brings the plight of women to the forefront of the story, and not just in the heroine’s life. However, I must admit that I did enjoy the pluckiness of main character Mariah in spite of her dire situation.
If you’re an Austen fan, you’ll definitely enjoy this new Klassen addition.