Monday, January 2, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

This week, CFBA is introducing The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen.


Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt--and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall?

Observing both brothers as an "invisible" servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?

On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of "serve one another in love."


This summer, I saw PBS' Manor House. This was the perfect preparation for The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. I could easily understand the 'belowstairs' world, imagining the servant's quarters as well as the tiring, menial tasks that became 'Nora's' daily chores. I was quite surprised that a pampered, somewhat spoiled, girl would stick with her ruse!

I read The Maid of Fairbourne Hall in 2 days. Julie has such a knack for making her books feel like you're watching a favorite, well-loved, I-could-watch-a-million-times-and-not-be-bored movie (ie: any of BBC's period drama pieces like Pride and Prejudice or Cranford).

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall had the perfect blend of romance and mystery. I finished the last chapter, wanting to read it again...or wishing that Julie already had another book published! :-)

FOR YOU, a peek inside the book:
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Thank you to Julie and Bethany House through CFBA for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon.

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