Friday, 27 January 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

Back Cover: To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch – both former suitors.

As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity a secret when suspicions arise and prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall. Can she avoid a trap meant to force her from hiding?

Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating belowstairs world of a 19-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.

Review: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall transports its readers back to the time of British aristocracy, where balls abounded, honour was defended, and arranged marriages were the norm. It also was the time when there was a solid wall between those of the upper class and their servants.

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall follows soon-to-be heiress, Margaret Macy, as she undergoes the ultimate disguise as a housemaid in order to preserve her virtue and her upcoming inheritance. Throughout the book, Margaret’s character transforms as she learns firsthand about the difficult world of being a servant. Formerly being one who would turn up their nose at the servants and not have a care for them as human beings, Margaret’s worldview changes. Through several self-less acts, Margaret endears herself to the reader and reminds us all of the power of change.

It is always fascinating to read historical novels like The Maid of Fairbourne Hall to learn about the way things were. I enjoyed this story and the characters therein. It has a lovely romance aspect to keep the heart aloft and a touch of mystery to keep the mind entertained.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

1 comment:

  1. Nathan Upchurch still dreams of the woman who turned him down, but he has no illusions that she could ever love him. Instead, he presumes that his love will be unrequited. When people from London continue to search for the missing Miss Macy, he can't forget about her or can he?