By Julie Klassen
Omit Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse at the some distance fringe of a far off relative's property. There, she helps herself and her unswerving servant the single method she is aware how--by writing novels in secret.Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England winning and filthy rich after the Napoleonic wars, rentals a powerful property from a cash-poor nobleman, decided to teach the society good looks who as soon as rejected him what a titanic mistake she made. while he discovers an previous gatehouse at the estate, he's instantly intrigued by way of its extraordinary younger inhabitant and units out to discover her identification, and her previous. however the extra he learns approximately her, the extra he realizes he needs to distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast might wreck his well-laid plans. The outdated gatehouse holds secrets and techniques of its personal. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant discover them earlier than the crafty inheritor to the property buries them eternally?
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No. ” Pushing through the narrow copse of trees, Mariah spotted the white horse at the edge of the meadow, one rein apparently ensnared by low branches or brambles. Before she could thank providence for their good fortune, thunder shot the sky. The spooked creature reared up, pulling the rein loose, and bolted across the open meadow, then stopped again a short distance away. “Follow me,” she said quietly. She crept forward, hand outstretched, palm up. The white horse swung its head toward them, hesitated, but did not flee.
The last day she had worn it. And likely ever would. She set this box aside and lifted forth the second hat box, leaning back and settling it on her legs. She raised its lid and placed it next to her, as well as a thin children’s reader, which she’d kept as a reminder of happier days. And to disguise what lay beneath. Her fingers no longer trembled as they once had when she lifted the ribbon-bound bundle of letters, but her heart still pounded. A sickly feeling descended upon her, as if she were a child having eaten too many sweets, and anticipating the stomachache and nausea ahead.
The silver and grey cat sniffed at the bowl, then walked away, leaving the scraps of fish and potato untouched. Rising, Mariah donned her work apron and did the washing up. Then, not wanting any stray hairs to end up in the jam, she donned a white cap. She cut tissue, brushed oil and beaten egg whites onto each side of the thin paper, and then covered each pot with the oiled and egged papers. Not everyone liked rhubarb, Mariah knew. It was viewed as primarily medicinal by many. Considering Dixon’s recent malady, Mariah thought it wise to preserve all they could from the patch that had sprung up beside the stable.
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen