The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
by Julie KlassenHistorical Fiction
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Back of the book:
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 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 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.
About Julie Klassen:
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
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According to the cover of the book Romantic Times says Julie Klassen’s writing is comparable to Jane Austen. I would have to say I agree with their assessment. While I love Austen, I adore the work of Julie Klaussen. Her characters are distinct and their personalities practically leap off of the pages.
I enjoyed the way Julie gave us a window into the world of the gentry and also the world of the servants. Her descriptions had the ability to conjure up pictures in your head of places that most of us have never been. It was fascinating to follow Margaret as she transformed herself from a lady to the servant Nora.
With the recent lovefest of Downton Abby, this book is a wonderful follow-up for all the fans of that era in our history. The world of the upstairs family and the downstairs servants is fascinating. It was interesting to read about the different levels of hierarchy even in the servant ranks. The characters were fascinating. When you come away from a book and wonder what eventually happened to some of the minor characters you know it was well written.
This book was a hit with me from the quotes at the beginning of each chapter to the discussion questions at the end. For hours of Regency-era enjoyment, pick this book up!
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