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by Julie Klassen

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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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  AmandaWrites | Dec 30, 2013 |
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
takes readers inside both the fascinating above stairs and below stairs worlds of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving...

I loved this book!

Adventurous Regency romance kept me fascinated from beginning to end ~
the storyline had abundant intrigue.
The timing was perfect, keeping me turning all 400 pages!

Margaret worked on many of my emotions as her character
developed from frustrating to favoured.
Realistic characters, true to the age and era depicted, added to the authenticity.
[Though using the appropriate English spelling would add more to its authenticity]

The faith aspects are handled well and accurately to this historical period;
An addition to the story rather than a distraction.

A highly recommended book!

A great movie of the period that interconnects perfectly,
is "Amazing Grace".
It provides relevant background info on the sugar plantations
that bear on the storyline.
A highly recommended movie! ( )
  FHC | Jun 13, 2013 |
This is best Julie Klassen book I have read yet. ( )
  kathleen586 | Mar 30, 2013 |
Excellent look at life below stairs, and well researched. Klassen continues to deliver a well-planned plot, interesting characters, and a low key Christian message, in the style of Jane Austen. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Mar 3, 2013 |
This novel borrowed elements from The Prince and the Pauper as well as Cinderella.

Margaret Macy's father has passed and her mother is newly remarried. The stepfather mistakenly thinks the mother is coming into an inheritance but it is really going to be Margaret's money as soon as she turns twenty five. To correct the mistake the stepfather conspires to marry Margaret to his nephew. When she refuses to go along with his plans, he urges his nephew to go ahead and force the issue by raping here. Margaret overhears their discussion and escapes the house along with servant girl Joan who has just been dismissed from service because she has been blamed for the theft of some coins from the stepfather. The two girls end up at hiring fair and Margaret in disguise is taken in as a maid at Fairbourne Hall. Fairbourne Hall just happens to be the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, Margaret's former suitor who she threw over in order to pursue his never do well brother Lewis, who did not return Margaret's feelings. At first Margaret is a terrible maid since she has never done a hard days labor in her life. In fact when she was a lady she often acted spoiled and disregarded the feelings of her former maid Joan. As time goes on she gets a taste of her own medicine and learns the error of her ways. Margaret becomes a better employee and even starts to affect a positive change in the mood and appearance of Nathaniel sister's Helen. In time Margaret's opinion of Nathaniel changes as well and she sees him a more flattering light. Nathaniel has a lot of things on his mind besides his strange new maid who seems to do everything wrong. He is worried about the slaves on his father's plantation in Barbados as well as the poet pirate who has burned his ship and is after him for more money. Nathaniel and Margaret are at odds because of their past history but eventually God begins to work in their lives to draw them together.

Although this is listed as a Christian book the message was not heavy handed. I would categorize this as more of a historical romance. The plot was a little predictable but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. Sometimes you just want to read something where you don't have to think too hard and this book fits that niche nicely. I enjoyed this enough to want to check out some of Julie Klassen's other books. ( )
  arielfl | Aug 31, 2012 |
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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 working as a servant. And certainly not in the house of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch--both former suitors.
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Fleeing a dishonorable man, Margaret abandons her pampered upper-class world for an anonymous life as a maid in the household of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his brother.

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