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The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
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Mariah Aubrey is a woman of twenty-one when she is sent away on secretive conditions. She has to live in the abandoned gatehouse on her aunt's property. After her aunt dies, Hugh ,her stepson, runs the estate and forces Mariah to pay to stay there. Mariah also inherits Martin, her aunts former manservant. She is forced to publish one of her novels under a pseudonym to pay the rent. Meanwhile her Nanny, Dixon, is being called on by suitors, Martin and Mr. Phelps the gardener. for the first time in her life and is learning how to deal with it. Mariah also becomes close to some of the residents of the poor house next door. There are two aging sisters Amy and Agnes who are very wise and share some of their wisdom with her. There is also a helpful little boy George, and his older sister Lizzy as well as a girl with a wonderful singing voice named Maggie. Lizzy is being forced on with affection from John, son of the poor house matron. One rainy night a mysterious man arrives at the gatehouse door seeking help to fetch his runaway horse. Mariah helps him. She later finds out he is called Captain Bryant and he rents the estate. They become close friends but he is set on trying to win a former lover, Miss Isabella, back. He invites his friend Mr. Hart to visit the estate. Mr. Hart falls in love with Lizzy. All together they put on a play for the Poor house children. A strange man seen on the roof suddenly leaps down. Mr. Martin Recognizes him as a Captain Prince. Amy says that he saved her once. They set to freeing him and finding out his past. Will Captain Prince become free, Will Captain Prince win back Isabella, what is Mariah's Secret, Who will Dixon Pick and why was the gatehouse abandoned and the gate permanently locked?

I would reccomend this books to someone who is looking for a romantic book, with lots of side details and mystery. It is a very Jane Austen-esc book. I personally liked it even if it was not my favorite book.
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