RITA Award finalist and Christy Award winner Julie Klassen delivers historical romances brimming with the eloquence and intensity of Jane Austen. In an abandoned gatehouse on an old estate, Mariah Aubrey lives in seclusion. She supports herself by writing novels in secret—at a time when such writing is considered improper and unladylike. Soon the wealthy and ambitious Captain Bryant leases the estate and is intrigued by the beautiful girl in the gatehouse. But will he risk his plans—and his heart—for a woman shadowed by scandal?
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The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
I have listened to all of Julie Klassen's audiobooks available as downloads through audible.com. She doesn't write like anyone else that I know. I love that she gives us fresh writing that is not constrained by formulas and rule-following despite her having been an editor herself! Her main characters and minor are vibrant and memorable. The romance was realistic and full of great tension.
Many of the other Regencies I have read all sound alike. But Klassen's fresh voice shines throughout the story telling. The narrator was a great choice for this audiobook.
Mariah Aubry is hiding in her relative’s gatehouse, with a view of a building nearby that houses a number of needy souls. And she has a secret – she’s a novelist (which I love because I write fiction!) Captain Matthew Bryant is too good for the conniving beauty who threw him aside for another wealthier man. But he has to struggle with his own demons as he charts a new course for his life. Within the gatehouse is something that will change their lives if they can keep it from her deceased aunt’s wicked stepson. Ms. Klassen does a great job of keeping the reader wondering about the hero and the antagonist and provides a wonderfully satisfying ending to the story.
The only complaint I have with this audiobook is that I like to listen while I am doing other activities such as cleaning. And I wanted to hear every word. The great thing is I can play this over and over again!
I highly recommend this book. The reader should understand that this is an inspirational historical romance. The publisher, Bethany House, produces outstanding Christian fiction by top authors. There is a strong spiritual arc embedded within the story. Purchase now!
This is a good story, likable characters, nice setting and mood. The story dragged a bit at times but those few times were fairly quick to get through.
This is a great one to read while sitting outside taking in the sun on a beautiful spring/summer day, I will listen to this again.
It was a pleasure to listen to her.
This starts out a little slow, in keeping with the genre as there are multiple story lines to set up for this rather intriguing story. It has a lot of depth and detail, and some twists and turns. I kept returning to it and as time went on, did not want it to end. This is one to take the time to enjoy. Perhaps there will be a sequel, as there could be a few directions in which this could story line could be developed. I sure hope so.
I really wanted to love this book, but I found it to be slow and jumped around oddly.
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