|The Maid of Fairbourne Hall|
by Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers
When it comes to Regency romance nobody does it quite like Julie Klassen. I've come to expect nothing but the best from Ms. Klassen and she has once again delivered it with The Maid of Fairborne Hall. Fans of the hit British drama, Downton Abbey will fall in love with this story where upstairs meets downstairs and love overcomes all obstacles.
Margaret Macy who stands to inherit a fortune when she comes of age is at the end of the rope where her conniving and deceitful stepfather is concerned. With seemingly no other option than to flee his household Margaret escapes with her lady's maid, Joan, in hopes of avoiding him for a few months. With no money of her own she not only faces the fierce streets of London but also the prying eyes of society and so disguises herself and takes on a position as a maid at gorgeous Fairbourne Hall. At every turn she risks the master of the house seeing through her paltry disguise and dismissing her or worse yet recalling that she once spurned him as a suitor!
Each character is flawed and yet perfectly written so that one feels their struggles and their desperation. Don't get me wrong, this is a romance with a H.E.A. but the attention to detail makes it seem like you're reading something more substantial. I so love how Ms. Klassen weaves faith into the story without bashing it over one's head so to speak. It all flows neatly and lends to the authenticity of the time period of the story. All in all The Maid of Fairbourne Hall impressed me with its sweetness, the danger, and most importantly just that little bit of sigh-inducing romance. Bravo, Julie, I can't wait for the next story!
~4.5 out of 5 stars~
About 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?
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*I received my complimentary copy through the publisher in exchange for posting this honest review.*