The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House
Goodreads Summary: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 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?
Mariah finds herself and her companion living in the old gatehouse of her aunts estate due to her grave error in judgment with a man. Her family has cast her out and she only hopes to hide her secret and heal for she thought the man really loved her. Her aunt was in poor health and she soon finds herself at the mercy of her cousin who does not show the same compassion as her aunt. After her aunt’s death the estate is rented out to a former navy captain. Matthew hopes to use the estate to impress and win the heart of a woman he thinks he loves. Yet once he meets Mariah he slowly starts to question that idea. Can Mariah keep her secrets from him and will Matthew win the heart of his lady or will love win them both?
What I liked: I really liked Mariah, Matthew and all the supporting characters. The poor house residents added a nice side story and helped keep the plot interesting. The depth of this book was good you really got to know the characters and what they were going through felt real. The storyline was well-developed and easy to follow.
What I did not like: As much as I enjoyed this book it was a slow read. It seemed to take forever to get this story moving. I understand that the characters needed to develop but it just didn’t keep me glued to each page. The side story about Captain Prince was interesting but kind of odd and just did not draw me.
Overall this book was okay. It just did not keep me glued to the book. There were a few times where I just wanted to jump ahead and see how things turned out. There was a lot going on in this book almost to many side plots. But I did like the characters and once we did get to the end I was happy to see how things turned out. If you like historical fiction you might enjoy this book.
Disclosure: I bought this book from Amazon.com and the options of this review are my own.