Friday, January 07, 2011

CFBA: The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

Song Stuck on the Brain: Only Hope by Mandy Moore

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

The Girl in the Gatehouse
Bethany House (January 1, 2011)


Julie Klassen


Julie Klassen has done it again. Her latest novel blew me away. You don't have to be a Janite (Jane Austen Fan) to appreciate how fantastic The Girl in the Gatehouse is, but if you are a Janite than you are definitely going to appreciate the extra tidbits and finer points of this novel. I enjoyed the quotes from the era's well known writers, although the quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne made my nerves screech. Men! Other historical bits were fun to learn as well, like the recipe to make ink. All of it cleverly entwined without missing a beat in the plot.

What impresses me about Julie's stories, is the depth and humanity that we see in each character. Each one has their own past full of secrets and regrets, things that make society cringe, and yet in Julie's hands they become people we love and care about. Each finding a new path toward forgiveness and second chances. The intricacy of her research and plot just make the characters shine, like jewel s set in perfectly wrought precious metals. I become a bigger fan with each new book and can't say enough to encourage you to read all of her books. Trust me, you can't read just one.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Girl in the Gatehouse, go HERE

Check out these other titles by Julie Klassen as well:

For those of you with a Kindle, you can download The Apothecary's Daughter for FREE on Amazon. Click HERE to check it out.


Julie says: My background is in advertising and marketing, but I am blessed with a dream job—working as an editor of Christian fiction. I have been writing since childhood, but Lady of Milkweed Manor was my first novel. It was a finalist for a Christy Award and won second place in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards. My second novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, was a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year awards. I am currently writing one novel a year.

I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends.

My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.

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