Monday, March 31, 2014

Gatehaven Blog Tour and Giveaway with Molly Noble Bull

Gatehaven: A Novel
By Molly Noble Bull
Publisher: Creation House
Published: Feb. 25, 2014

About Gatehaven:

Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic historical novel set in a haunting mansion in the north of England where Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets—spiritual warfare vs. the occult.  Will they learn enough about God’s words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?

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My Thoughts:

Rachel Shannon Aimee, a French Huguenot, has fallen in love with an English Earl and wants her parent’s permission to leave Scotland to travel back with him to his home meet his mother and grandmother and marry him. Since it would be unseemly for a single 

woman to travel with an unmarried man without a chaperone in those days, the Earl of Northon arranged for his aunt, Miss Forester to travel with them and act as Shannon’s chaperone. With misgivings, Shannon’s parents Rachel and Javier give their consent for Shannon to go after Shannon’s baby brother is born.

Out of concern for Shannon as her parents and her life-long friend Ian Colquhoun do not trust the Earl, Ian takes a position as an assistant to a vicar of a church in a church nearby the estate of Gatehaven where the Earl lives. He travels with them to England. Shannon’s brother Peter also travels to England to keep an eye on Shannon, but without Shannon’s knowledge.

Almost immediately after leaving the small village of Luss, Scotland, the Earl seems withdrawn, less loving than he did and Shannon is slightly confused. Is it the lack of privacy or is he behaving differently? Then they visit a strange church that truly gives her the creeps so badly the it makes her sick to her stomach and she has to run out before she throws up on the floor inside the building.

Once they arrive at Gatehaven, things do not get better. Shannon is given a room in the servants quarters! Edward (the Earl) doesn’t clear the matter up for days, she barely sees him, there are dragon carvings on the headboards of the beds which make her feel extremely uncomfortable as her father has taught her that dragons are a symbol for Satan. Yet whenever Ian says anything negative about Edward, Shannon refuses to listen because she loves Edward.

I found Gatehaven to be quite a well-written book about the struggle we go through when we want something that isn’t good for us and we know it, but we want it anyway. It’s a good lesson to listen to those around us who are older and wiser whose advice we usually trust and listen to their advice even when it goes against what we might want to hear.

My favourite character in the novel was Ian. While I think he should have spoken up sooner to Shannon of his feelings for her (this might have prevented her from running off with the Earl in the first place), he was very devoted to her, even when he thought she was lost to him. Her safety and well-being came first. A true example of Christianity.

There was a lot of intrigue and suspense in Gatehaven. I thought the sub-plot of the Scottish pastor’s cousin was interesting, as was the twist in that storyline. Ms. Bull did an excellent job of creating truly evil characters. I did find that there was a lot of theology within the story that might count as a negative for a non-Christian reader who would pick up a Gothic historical novel. The theology presented is fairly basic, and it is well-explained for the newer believer. And that being said, it is marketed as a Christian novel.

I liked that this novel also brings to light some of the occult symbols that have become very commonplace in our world today. We see them and we think nothing of them. Are we being slowly being brainwashed into thinking they mean nothing? Perhaps we should be paying more attention.

I thoroughly enjoyed Gatehaven. It certainly deserved to win the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest (even before publication). I gave this novel 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Molly Noble Bull was born in Kingsville, Texas—home of the famous King Ranch. Her father and maternal grandfather were real Texas cowboys, and she enjoys writing western romances. But she also writes historical novels.
Gatehaven, her long Christian gothic set in Europe in 1784, won the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest while still a manuscript, and Gatehaven is the novel being featured today. However, Molly’ first two published novels came out from Zondervan. Her Zondervan novels were later reprinted and published as Promise Romances from Guideposts. Molly also sold novels to Love Inspired and Tsaba House, and Westbow Press published The  Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities, a non-fiction book she wrote with four other Christian authors. Molly owns the rights to her Zondervan romance novels now, and she will soon self publish The Rogue’s Daughter as an e-book. Rogue is a western set on a South Texas cattle ranch in 1890.
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1 comment :

  1. Thanks for an excellent review. Like many young girls of any era, Shannon was a gullible nineteen year old at the beginning of the book and a hard character to like or understand. I am so glad you understood her, Katheryn.
    Molly Noble Bull