Saturday, 15 January 2011

Book Review - The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

Publisher's blurb: 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?

Intriguing, mysterious, and romantic, The Girl in the Gatehouse takes readers inside the life of a secret authoress at a time when novel-writing was considered improper for ladies and the smallest hint of impropriety could change a woman's life forever.

My review:  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I would as it is a historical type romance. It has a very Jane Austen type feel about it and I have not read any Jane Austen books yet...that may change.

Even for the time period it is written in, the main character is not portrayed as a poor helpless female. I would probably have set the book aside had she been. The main character Mariah is written as a strong self sufficent young woman living with a mistake that has changed her life.

The storyline is interesting enough that you don't want to put it down. It flows smoothly and doesn't have any boring sections that I tend to just speed through. There are several storylines to keep the reader hooked.

Over all I rate this book an 8 out of 10.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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