The Girl in the Gatehouse Author:Julie Klassen 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 Napoleoni... more »c 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?« less
The Girl in the Gatehouse has a definite Jane Austen "feel" to it. Each chapter begins with a quote, and some of Jane's are included. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, eagerly going back to it each evening and staying up into the wee hours of the morning, to find out what happened next. I found myself daydreaming about the secrets a gatehouse can hide, and what life in a gatehouse might have been like. Mariah found herself, despite the secluded life that she might be living, surrounded by wonderful friends and loyal allies. Though the end was wrapped up a bit too neatly for my liking, this was another engrossing story from Julie Klassen.
Every book Klassen writes gets better and better! Her writing style is very much along the lines of Jane Austen. In this particular book she combines Jane Austens Persuasion with a touch Mansfield Park. The main character Mariah has been sent to live with her companion in an old abandoned Gatehouse on her aunts estate. There she meets many unique and interesting people including the gallant Captain Matthew Bryant who is renting out her recently deceased Aunts estate. The Captain is drawn to her but does not know why. Why does the "lady" in the gatehouse hide away from society? What is her secret?
I am a huge fan of Julie Klassen and she sure didn't disappoint in her newest novel! Miss Aubrey has been a disgrace to her family and even thought it's not appropriate for a young woman to be on her own, Mariah is sent to live with her Aunt Francesca Prin-Hallsley. She is only allowed to take her companion, Ms. Dixon with her.
Upon her arrival, Miss Aubrey and Ms. Dixon are assigned to live in the Gatehouse. It's not quite what they had intended on but it would make do! Shortly after getting settled in, Mariah is summoned to the "big house" where her Aunt resides. Her Aunt gives her a precious gift. One in which Hugh Prin-Hallsley (step-son of Aunt Francesca) wants...desperately.
This book is full of mystery, suspense, love, redemption, and comedic acting! We learn of Miss Aubrey's love for the theater and writing and of Captain Prince's adventures at sea. It's difficult for me to focus on a favorite part of this book because there were just so many!
I did learn a couple of things that I was not aware of from this time period: I did not know it was considered "inappropriate" to be a single woman beyond the teen years. I was also not aware that Jane Austen was not revealed as the author of her works until after her death since it was inappropriate for a woman to author books. The Author Note at the end of the book was very helpful to me in understanding this novel better.
The Girl In The Gatehouse is the third book I have read by author Julie Klassen. She is an excellent and award winning writer. This novel is about Miss Mariah Aubrey, a young woman who has been banished by her father to a distant relative's estate. She has been given an abandoned gatehouse to live in. To make a living, she is writing novels under the pen name of Lady A. She meets many interesting people, including Naval Officer Captain Matthew Bryant who has plans of his own that don't include a social outcast. However, he is drawn to her...