I’m about as big ‘a Jane Austen fan as you can find. Regency period certainly has it’s place. The Girl in the Gatehouse was well received by many, therefore, I was eager to partake. (The girl on the cover? I want her dress!) However, I can only say that it was, for me, just ok. Now, ring the bell for tea, Kitty.
Book rating: Here a little, there a little
There was a whole-lotta stuff going on in this book. I was overwhelmed. In fact there was SO much that I almost felt like I was reading a mystery/romance/drama/something-else. So, as you can guess it was a bit much for my meager brain to digest.
Mariah Aubrey is sent away to live by herself, essentially, away from all “polite” society. What has she done to deserve such a fate? I can’t tell. She resides in the gatehouse of a distant and somewhat mysterious relative. It is here that she gets to know the handsome Matthew Bryant. When he leases the estate on which Mariah resides, he finds he can’t quite keep away from this bewitching beauty.
Now, there is just so much that goes on I feel that I am highly incapable of summarizing it for you. In short: crazy stuff happens and I think you are really gonna like it. How's that for ambiguity?! *teehee* If you prefer a more simple story this may not be your thing, but it’s made plenty of readers pretty dang happy. So when you read it let me know what you think.
I was honestly very, very surprised to learn that this book won the 2011 Christy Award for Historical Romance. I would have voted for Within My Heart, hands down. (You can read my review for that one if you're curious...) But, that’s just me.