Since her first novel, Lady of Milkweed Manor, I have read all of Julie Klassen’s books. I enjoy that her stories are set in the Regency period (they allow a brief visit with Jane Austen’s England), and her leading ladies are such likable characters.
Julie Klassen’s new novel, The Girl in the Gatehouse is no exception. Like Lady of Milkweed Manor, The Girl in the Gatehouse is the story of a disgraced young lady. Mariah Aubrey is banished from her family home and sent to live in an abandoned gatehouse on the property of a relative. Her maid is her only companion, and she supports herself by secretly writing novels. Mariah, however, is not the only one with secrets. Her cousin, employees of the estate, and even residents of the local poorhouse are surrounded by mysteries. As if all these characters were not enough, a dashing young captain leases the estate and brings friendship for Mariah, but also reminders from her past.
If you are a fan of Jane Austen, of historical fiction, or simply enjoyable, romantic tales, The Girl in the Gatehouse is worth your time. Although this wasn’t my favorite of Julie Klassen’s four novels, I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships, the humor, and the message of the story, and I recommend it to you.
I am happy to say that we have one copy of The Girl in the Gatehouse to give to one of you. If you would like to win, please leave a comment on this post. We’ll announce the winner on 2/16.
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all the entries!
- The winner of Disaster Preparedness is #7 Ruthie B.
- The winner of The Fates Will Find Their Way is #30 Tracy Robertson.
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Lauren is a wife, mother of two and an avid reader. Although she is happy to live in 2011, she enjoys visiting the world of Jane Austen, and she thanks Bethany House for the opportunity to do so through the pages of this book. Lauren blogs at Baseballs and Bows.
Barbara H. says
This sounds great. I’d love to be entered. Thank you!
I would like to read this book. Thanks for offering this giveaway.
I’d like to give it a try!
Mona Garg says
Sounds like an interesting story and the cover is pretty.
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This looks a good one-I’ve seen it on a lot of blogs! I’d love to be entered!
Have not read this author yet, but thanks to your review, I’d like to give the historical fiction book a try, thanks.
I recently read my first Klassen novel (knowing how much you and others have enjoyed her books), The Apothecary’s Daughter, downloaded free for Kindle (how cool is that?). Anyway, I liked it; it was a fun and easy and entertaining read. I hope to read more of her titles! Thanks for this review!
Sandra K321 says
I haven’t read any other books by this author, but this one does sound interesting. I enjoy stories from this period and it sounds like an interesting story line.
Jen E says
Oh this sounds right up my alley! I’d love to read it!
Sounds like a good read … I do enjoy historical fiction 🙂
Katie Schroeder says
I love period fiction! Sign me up for the drawing!
I would appreciate the opportunity. Thank you!
I haven’t read any of Julie Klassen’s books (yet) but I have been hearing a lot of good thins about her writing. Thanks for the giveaway!
Alison S. says
This looks like a book I would really enjoy reading. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
Sounds like a good read. I love historical novels.
Sounds like a book I’d like!
Wendy Mahaney says
I love her books. I picked up the first one that I read at the library based on the fact that it looked good. I was not disappointed. I would love to read this one.
Carol M says
This sounds good! I love mysteries! Please enter me! Thank you!
I would like to read it, it sounds really good.
I love the Regency period, The Girl in the Gate House sounds like a wonderful story.
Love Austen and these sound wonderful! 🙂
Sounds like a nice fun read for vacation! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)
Gerry Dee says
Sounds like a pleasant read and a relaxing momentwith a good book would be very welcome today.
I’ve always wanted to read historical ficiton. This sounds good! 😀
Jen B. says
What is your favorite of Klassen’s four novels? I am always looking for new authors and I’d like to start out strong!
debi jackson says
This looks fantastic,
Sounds like an interesting book
I would like to win.
Beth C says
I would really enjoy this book. Thanks!
This is definitely something my mom would like (and maybe my sister). I’d love to win!
Mrs. N says
I could always use another Austenesque read!!
Carla Aldrich says
This sounds like a great book! Thanks!
Oh, pick me, please! I LOVE Julie Klassen and have this one on my wish list!!!
Teresa Young says
Julie Klassen sounds like an author I’d like to read.
This books sounds like fun. Please enter me!
I so want to be entered for this giveaway. This is the one book at the top of my wishlist.
Doesn’t say one way or the other so I assume us Canadians are welcome-thanks for another great review looks like a great series.
Some Lucky Dog says
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Sounds like something I would enjoy! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
Maureen Timerman says
Sounds like a delightful read. Please include me!
debbie Jackson says
Count me in!
Leah Carpenter says
Sounds like a great read. Thanks!
thanks for the chance
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Katy F. says
Ooh, pick me! I really liked Lady of Milkweed Manor! It sounds like I’ll love this one too!
Maureen Timerman says
I enjoy Julie’s books ….please include me!
I would love to read this, please include me!
Carla Gade says
I loved this book! Julie Klassen is an excellent author with great plots and characters!
Sounds like a book I’d enjoy reading – Thanks for the chance!