Friday, January 7, 2011

CFBA Blog Tour: The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen (and my brief thoughts, so far)

This week,

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.

My thoughts (so far):

This is one fabulous book!!  I haven't had much time to read in the past few days, but I am simply savoring each moment that I have with this particular novel.  I'm starting to realize (since I've only read one other novel by her) that Julie Klassen does not disappoint!  :o)

Full review to (hopefully) come next week.


  1. I LOVED this book! lol I'm a huge fan of Julie Klassen so I guess it's no surprise, but I think this might be my favorite book of hers so far. :o)

  2. Oh, I feel the same way. She doesn't have that many books out, but wow is she a great writer! I've loved everything I've read by her.

  3. I love the book too so far. Why did this book arrive so late????

  4. CeeCee, I wondered the same thing. I didn't get the four books I requested for CFBA from Bethany House until the middle of last week. I got my review for Paradise Valley in on Wednesday by the skin of my teeth!


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