Monday, January 17, 2011

Swappin' with Joy

Today, I'm swappin' blogs with my bloggy friend, Joy Tamsin David of Edgy Inspirational Romance. Whenever I'm looking for a good read, I stop over at Joy's blog. She is a voracious reader with an appetite for Edgy Inspirational Romances. She has a great rating system for here reviews: 1 Couple -5 Couples. :o)

According to Joy's bio, she is a wife, mother, and Jesus lover. She is also a pre-published writer and a slightly obsessed book blogger. When she's not hanging out with her husband and sons, she reads and writes romance. It gives her a daily dose of girl in a house full of men. You can get girlie with her at her blog, Edgy Inspirational Romance.

Haven't heard of Edgy Inspirational Romance novels? Head on over to Joy's blog and find out all about this genre. Wait! Before you go, check out Joy's review of The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen:

The author's bio on the back of this book says, "Julie Klassen loves all things Jane- Jane Eyre and Jane Austen."  ...And I love all things Julie Klassen.

The Girl in the Gatehouse is the third novel I've read by this author and each has been fantastic. I actually snuck this one to work in my purse to read during my free periods instead of photocopying worksheets for my students.

The Austen-esque feel of this Regency romance starts with the beautiful cover and continues into the storyline which is about a disgraced woman who's fallen from her place in society-a recurring theme in Jane Austen books.

I would not consider this novel edgy in any way, but I was surprised by the level of disgrace the heroine endured in her backstory. I kept thinking she must be remembering things as worse than they were-but no, she really went there. In my opinion, the harder the characters fall, the sweeter the redemption, and Klassen does a great job weaving a theme of forgiveness throughout the book.

Another thing she weaves throughout the book is mystery. She crafted a tranquil, romantic setting, filled it with an eccentric cast of characters who aren't always what they appear, and turned their quiet lives into an adventure I couldn't put down.

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:

Mariah Aubrey lives in seclusion with her secrets.
Will an ambitious captain uncover her identity...and her hidden past?
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?

Intriguing, mysterious, and romantic, The Girl in the Gatehouse takes readers inside the life of a secret authoress at a time when novel-writing was considered improper for ladies and the smallest hint of impropriety could change a woman's life forever.

Joy gives The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen a Five-Couple rating.

Now show Joy what fabulous bloggy buddies you are, and leave her some comment love. Don't forget to hop over and say, "Hey!" to me at Edgy Inspirational Romance as well. Happy Monday and Happy Reading!

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