"Banished from the only home she's ever known, Mariah Aubrey hides herself away in an abandoned gatehouse on a distant relative's estate. There she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how - by writing novels in secret.
When Captain Matthew Bryant leases the estate, he is intrigued by the beautiful girl in the gatehouse. But there are many things he doesn't know about this beguiling outcast. Will he risk his plans - and his heart - for a woman shadowed by scandal?"
I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book but once I did, I enjoyed it! I felt like there were a lot of names at times, making it hard for me to remember who everyone was but it didn't take away from the story. This was a longer book than most (391 pages) so it gave me the time I needed to get to know the characters and get into it before reaching that point only to have the story almost finished. I'll admit, my two favorite phrases now are "dash it" and "thunder and turf." Both struck me as funny and I laughed out loud each time a character said either. I thought Julie did a great job of fleshing out the characters - even those with minor roles. She weaved a few twists into the story, leaving me satisfied when I finally finished the book.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.