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Gatehaven

Title:  Gatehaven
Author:  Molly Noble Bull
Pages:  246
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Creation House
The year is 1784, and the setting is mostly England, but some of the story takes place in Scotland.  Gatehaven is the creepy home of the Earl of Northon where young women have entered, but never come out.  Where are they?  Is there really a gateway to the underworld in this house?
Shannon Aimee is a young girl whose head is turned by the earl.  He has proposed marriage to her, even though she is a farmer’s daughter.  She travels to England with her best friend, Ian Colquhoun, who is to be an assistant to the vicar.  Upon arrival, Shannon is treated terribly by the earl’s family and the earl himself.  Privately, he still keeps her affection with sweet words, but makes excuses for his family’s behavior and puts off announcing their engagement.  Is he really the wonderful man she fell in love with?  Was that just an act to gain her regard?  What about the strange meetings held at Gatehaven on nights when the moon is full?
Ian Colquhoun has known and loved Shannon Aimee all his life, but she doesn’t view him with a romantic interest.  He sees a way to protect her and gain knowledge for himself about becoming a pastor by going to England to work as an assistant to the vicar at Gatehaven.  Ian meets Monsieur Etienne Gabeau and immediately dislikes him.  He doesn’t trust this man at all and wonders what his interest in Shannon could be?  Etienne has many strange books in his library that speak of evil things.
What I liked about the story was Ian’s quest for spiritual knowledge and his willingness to accept instruction and put what he learned into practice.  He was a real encourager of others’ faith.  I also liked how Scripture was used to explain Scripture and how Godly qualities were in evidence in some of the characters.  They spoke their beliefs and lived their lives accordingly.  There were some creepy effects to lend a somewhat Gothic air to the story.  I loved the cover of the book!   What I didn’t like was the main female character that seemed shallow, incredibly naïve almost to the point of stupid, and only realized Ian’s worth when she thought she couldn’t have him.  I also thought the transitions in the story were rough and in a few cases a character would refer to something that hadn’t happened so it seemed to me as if some of the story were cut out.
My rating is 3 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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