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?
Girl in the Gatehouse
I love this book! It was so much fun reading a story from long ago. I cried and laughed my way through it! Just a great story with so many twists and turns. I am looking forward to reading another one of your books. :)
Sweet with elements of suspense
The Girl in the Gatehouse is Julie Klassen’s historical romance about Mariah, a woman sent away by her family, because of what they perceived as a scandalous, embarrassing mistake. As she settles into her new life in the gatehouse of a country estate, she has to work out a means of earning a living, and wonders if her writing is marketable (no spoilers, here). Mariah tries to steel her heart against it, but finds herself attracted to someone who is trying to impress another woman. Seems like a setup for heartbreak. Glissen does a good job of developing character and providing suspenseful twists. I also appreciated the inclusion of characters who were living at the local poorhouse.
This was a good read. It was a cute story. I liked the historical aspect of the story line. Just a nice summer read.