Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

My Summary ::
Mariah Aubrey has a few secrets. Something terrible has happened, and her father has sent her away to a distant relative's estate to live in the gatehouse. But Mariah has a hidden confidence of her own. She is becoming a budding novelist to support herself and her loyal servant. Through a series of events, her relatives rent out the main house of the estate to Captain Matthew Bryant. As a friendship forms between the two of them, characters in this little village unite and sometimes collide in a cacophony of hearts and agendas. Relationships develop, secrets unfold, and hidden motives come to light in this unexpected romance filled with flawed yet redeemed personalities.

My Review ::
I felt like the book began rather slowly. It seemed to take quite a few chapters for the story to move forward and to grab me into it. However, I persisted and I was pleasantly surprised. While in most fiction, the characters have a major flaw, I was surprised at not only the magnitude of the primary flaw that the author gave the heroine but also the redemptive themes that wove their way so pleasantly through the book. In addition, I could picture the setting so clearly without being weighed down by superfluous language and redundancy. For historical and/or period romance fiction lovers, this is the book for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing your review!  I always love hearing of books other people have read.  I usually try to push through, too, when it doesn't catch me right away.  I love it when it ends up being really good!

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