Showcase Book Review: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Thursday, March 8, 2012

As part of a Litfuse Blog Tour, I was selected to receive and review The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen. I am a fan of Klassen's work and was thrilled at the opportunity to read and review her latest book.

Description: "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?"

Review: When we first get to know Margaret, she is somewhat of a snob which in turn makes her a little unlike-able (remininscent of Jane Austen's Emma). As the story unfolds and she takes on the persona of Nora, a housemaid. She soon begins to change as much emotionally as she does physically - for the better. As a servant she learns how poorly she had actually treated her own servants, how hard they worked and how her actions affected their lives. Margaret changes from being a vain, spoiled, selfish girl to a caring, understanding and humble young woman. How fortunate for her that she was given the chance to become a maid! :)

"The Maid of Fairbourne Hall" is a wonderfully written book full of romance, suspense and a bit of intrigue thrown in! Once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down.

Lesson Learned / Favorite Quote: "People in service are still people." How often do we go out to eat and not really even look at the waiter/waitress? We are often quick to admonish a person in a service position without even thinking of them as humans with feelings. We need to remember that sometimes when we have received what we think is poor customer service, perhaps we are just being poor customers.

Read an excerpt of the book here.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Don't miss the perfect blend of Regency-era romance and mystery in The Maid of Fairbourne Hall! Grab a copy and then be sure to enter Julie's Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVP for her Author Chat party on Facebook! Swoon.

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A Julie Klassen Library (The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/14/12. Winner will be announced at Julie's Fairbourne Hall Book Chat Party on 3/15. Julie will be hosting an evening of chat, trivia and a sneak peek of her next book - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a Downton Abbey Prize Pack (Seasons 1 and 2)!

So grab your copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and join Julie and friends on the evening of March 15th for a book chat party.

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Disclosure: {} I have a material connection because I received a gift or sample of a product for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review period.


Julie Klassen said...

Thanks so much for the review, Sheila. So glad you enjoyed the book!