The Girl in the Gatehouse, by Julie Klassen, is quite possibly the best “vacation read” I have shifted my eyes left to right on in quite some time.
Reminiscent of Charlotte Bronte’s, Jane Eyre, it is no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely piece of fiction.
Who cares that Mother’s Day has passed, give this book to a friend, your mom, your grandma, or yourself because you need a mini-mind-vacation.
Found in Klassen’s book is this ironic quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “All women, as authors, are feeble and tiresome. I wish they were forbidden to write.” This theme runs throughout the novel. Main character, Mariah Aubrey is banished from her childhood home due to a very grave sin. Her father, more concerned about appearance than restoration, throws her out and hides Mariah in an abandoned gatehouse.
In this gatehouse, Mariah creates a new world filled with writing (under a pseudonym, not that I have ever done that . . . ahem), helping others, getting right with her Maker, and truly learning what it means to live and forgive.
Get it. Find it on . Ask for it. Check it out from the library.
Thanks to Bethany House for sending me a copy of The Girl in the Gatehouse to review. I was not paid for this post nor do I have to return the book.