I just finished reading this beautifull and touching novel. I have been reading books daily for the last five weeks after having surgery and told not to drive for at least six weeks! I have probably read at least fifteen books since my surgery and can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The Girl in the Gatehouse pleasantly surprised me because I had not expected such a well written and interesting book. The author did an amazing job of researching history in the early eighteen hundreds. Her characters and their stories were both facinating and sometimes heartbreaking. It takes a good look at women and polite society's expectation of them in these times. It also shows how much easier society was on men then. The story is about a young woman named Mariah Aubrey who has been disowned by her father for her romantic indiscretion. He sends her away, along with her former nanny Dixon, to live with an elderly aunt. The aunt has a large estate but Mariah and Dixon have been relegated to a long uninhabited, rat infested gatehouse. While living in the gatehouse her aunt suddenly dies and her unsavory stepson leases the estate to Captain Mathew Bryant. This is when new characters, mysteries, love stories, sailor's and Captain's war stories, and the past history of the estate are revealed. This is a novel of hope and redemption and a belief in God. Don't miss this wonderful book. I know I am going to buy another one of this author's books on Amazon as soon as I submit this review.