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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?

©2010 Julie Klassen (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Amazing and Fresh Story and Characters

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!

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen

Different, out of the box characters, no bad language, uplifting, not preachy. Will listen to this one again.

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Good read, enjoyed this!

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Jasicki – was your favorite?

Martin

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Annette
  • Chandler, AZ, United States
  • 03-31-12

Enjoyable

Where does The Girl in the Gatehouse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What does Elizabeth Jasicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was a pleasure to listen to her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • JudyD
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 06-21-13

Excellent Historical Novel!

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Girl in the Gatehouse

I loved the characters and the story line. Love and forgiveness abounding. Maggie's. Plight and two wonderful people who loved, cherished her, and adopting her as their own brought healing to my own heart. I now know how God Almighty loves me, He rescued me from a terrible family and He became my Father!

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Loved it!

I loved this book when I read it, and I love it more hearing it with a lovely English accent.

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Enjoyable

A very enjoyable story and very well performed. I shared it with my sister for I believe she'll enjoy it too.

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christian

nice story I have listened twice now. will probably again. frustrating in today's world standard.

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What did you love best about The Girl in the Gatehouse?

all the side stories she intertwined with the girl in the gatehouse

What did you like best about this story?

her morals

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Jasicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I do not know

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