This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

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


Julie Klassen


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.


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.

Learn more about Julie and her books on her Website.


Although I had a difficult time getting started with The Girl in the Gatehouse, once I was able to sit and read for awhile, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The way the author slowly introduced bits and pieces about the reasons behind Mariah’s banishment kept my interest building. Was her novel writing the scandal or was it something else?

Besides Mariah and Matthew, The Girl in the Gatehouse is filled with several interesting characters that add to the enjoyment. A couple of other romantic sub-plots make this book one for romance lovers. Although a bit slow paced at times with some predictable scenes, several unexpected twists and the delightful characters make The Girl in the Gatehouse well worth the read.