Julie Klassen: Jane Austen, Meet Your Match
For her novel The Girl in the Gatehouse (Bethany House), the author was inspired by one of her literary heroes, the great Jane Austen: “My heroine is a lot like Jane, whose name did not appear on any of her books during her lifetime,” Julie says. “She’s also a secret author at a time when novel-writing was considered improper for ladies.”
No longer welcome at the only home she’s ever known, Mariah Aubrey not only lives in seclusion in an abandoned gatehouse, but she’s got plenty of intriguing secrets to boot, including the fact that she (gasp!) moonlights as a writer.
Of course, things get really interesting once Captain Matthew Bryant arrives on the scene and starts leasing the estate. Intrigued by the beautiful woman living nearby, he has to figure out whether her scandalous past can ever lead to a promising future for the two of them.
But beyond the intriguing storyline, Julie ultimately hopes that readers will be reminded that second chances are available to anyone. “We all stumble and make mistakes,” the author says. “But through Christ, God offers us forgiveness, love and second chances. And that’s exactly what I wanted to convey in The Girl in the Gatehouse.”—Christa A. Banister