“The Girl in the Gatehouse” Book Review

May 18, 2015 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing another one of Julie Klassen’s books, The Girl in the Gatehouse. I absolutely love reading Julie’s books and I hope you will too!


As is my custom, if I could ask Julie one question about The Girl in the Gatehouse, it would be — “What led you to write a book that resembled Mansfield Park?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!


From the Back Cover:

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


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


Every time I read a Julie Klassen book, I’m reminded how amazing they are! Julie draws me in with her characterization and plot line and makes it almost impossible to put down! The Girl in the Gatehouse was no exception. I loved how this book resembled Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park in that the Mariah and her situation resembled what happened to Maria Bertram.

I loved the character of Mariah Aubrey, maybe because I loved seeing her life as an author in that time. Women certainly had a difficult life then, especially so if they wanted to be an author! Mariah definitely learned a lot about herself and I was glad to see her accept love at the end of the book.

The theme of God’s redemption was an aspect I also enjoyed. It was great to see Mariah, though she started out doubting God’s love for her, come to realize that God can redeem her for what she did in the past. What a great reminder!


Other books by Julie I will read next:

The Dancing Master

Lady Maybe

The Painter’s Daughter

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