The Girl in the Gatehouse
By Julie Klassen
Bethany House, 2010. 391 pgs. Historical fiction
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, determined to win back the woman who once rejected him. 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.
I listened to the audiobook version of this, and though it was a bit predictable, it was still a pleasant story. While the romance is the main element of the story, it is suspended against an interesting cast of characters with their own stories of triumphs and tragedies, and even the gatehouse itself has a mysterious past. This is Christian fiction, but the religious themes are lightly worked in and will appeal to readers both interested in and wary of Christian fiction.