Monday, January 2, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
Bethany House (January 1, 2012)
Julie Klassen


Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now writes full time. Two of her books, The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Silent Governess won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards.

She graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoys travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. Julie and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.


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."

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, go HERE

I fully expect this book to add to Julie Klassen's collection of awards, for I consider it to be her best one yet! Margaret Macy is perfectly portrayed: I found myself sympathetic to her situation yet not liking her personality very much as the book began, which was just as it should be. I warmed up to her as her view of life changed and her haughty rough edges softened as a result of her experience "belowstairs" and found myself holding my breath in hopes that everything would work out just right for her! The other characters in the book are equally well-developed, from the entitled wealthy to the rakish playboys to the hardworking and desperate houseservants. This book presents a wonderful picture of the disparity between the lives of servants and those they serve. Danger, suspense, romance all intertwine to make this book an absolutely delightful read, and I savored every page. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves historical fiction!


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Lane Hill House said...

Yummmm. We just picked up our held mail at the post office today after being away and happily my self-selected present of Julie's was there! I look forward to reading The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. I love historical fiction and it would be very hard to pick which one of Julie's I like the best. Very excellent!!