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Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The [Paperback]

Julie Klassen
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Jan. 1 2012
Regency Romance and Mystery from Bestselling Author 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."

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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.

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About the Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She won a 2010 Christy Award, a 2011 Midwest Book Award, and was a finalist at the 2010 RITA Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read April 30 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
great love story,couldn.t put it down.well writen,held your attention and took you there.would like to read other books like it,
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5.0 out of 5 stars great historical christian fiction Dec 23 2012
By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the second book I read by Julie Klassen, and just as in the first book The Silent Governess, I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction story.

When Margaret Macy's stepfather wants to marry her off to his nephew so that her inheritance--due on her twenty-fifth birthday only three months away--would be within reach of his greedy hands, she flees disguised as a housemaid. She never really planned on working as a servant but ends up doing just that and in the home of her former suitor and admirer Nathaniel Upchurch. As her stepfather's search closes in and she struggles to keep her identity from the master of the house, Margaret learns a great deal from her life as a lady to one of a housemaid.

Klassen weaves a great story, especially because our main character gets to experience the belowstairs world of a 19th-century English manor. It's gruelling work. I cringed when she had to enter the rooms of the male family members in the early morning to empty out “the slops” of their chamber pot, pick up their discarded clothes and light the fire in the grate. Only a determined and impulsive young woman like Margaret put up with and learned from her servitude as she waited to claim her inheritance and thus be free from her stepfather's constraints to marry a man she did not love or want.

Klassen builds the story well, and we get to appreciate the characters as they grow and change. Klassen brings alive the world of upstairs, downstairs and she writes confidently of that era with knowledge. I particularly liked and appreciated the quotes at the beginning of every chapter taken from the literature of that time. It precluded what the chapter would reveal, and I sometimes found myself going back to the quote after I read the chapter and smiling at the application.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Read Again Feb. 23 2012
By Amanda
Format:Paperback
When you dwell on a set of characters long after the story has been read and the book put back on the shelf, and then you start counting the days until you can pick it up and re-read it...that's a great book. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is such a book.

Margaret Macy, the spoiled and selfish daughter of a dead Vicar, isn't my normal cup of tea. It was the stepfather that first caught my attention ~ as well as my imagination. Ms. Klassen weaved a well thought out plot with plenty of twists and turns, as well as sub-plots; all without missing a beat or having too much in one story. The characters I thought I was going to like? I didn't. The characters I thought I wouldn't like? I did. Capturing my attention almost from the first page, I left laundry in the dryer, dirty dishes in the sink, and even allowed this book to steal some precious hours of much-needed sleep.

This is my first Klassen novel. It won't be my last as she managed to gain the attention of this non-historical reading person and pull me into a world where her characters refuse to let me go.

Well done!
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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book. It was a good read and the characters were all very well done and likable. Although at first, I disliked Margaret. She wasn't that likable in the beginning and acted more like a spoiled brat who took a lot of things for granted. However, Margaret also provided for the most developed character in the book and it was nice to see her grow and become a much better person. I enjoyed reading her experience as a housemaid (mostly comical, sometimes I felt sorry for her).

The main couples 'to be' in this book suited each other very well. They were paired each other nicely, they sure had the chemistry all figured out but what was nice was when they were finally together. It made the ending of the novel a nice sweet one. The plot on the other hand was well done, I liked the amount of historical detail was made to make the plot much more authentic and realistic. I'm glad Julia Klassen took the time to make this book with as much historical detail as possible it made the reading experience much more fun.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was towards the end, the plot slowed a bit, and there was a mystery added that was interesting, but it just felt like it dragged the rest of the plot as well. However it did have a nice ending as I mentioned earlier and overall the book was good so I'd say this is just a minor issue.

I'd recommend this to historical fiction lovers, the contrast between servant and high society is definitely mentioned and you follow Margaret in seeing the vast differences between the two. It's most definitely worth the read.
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