Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book Review: "The Maid of Fairbourne Hall," by Julie Klassen

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?

Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating below-stairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.

My thoughts:
As a fan of Downton Abbey, I loved The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, which shows the stark contrasts between life above and below stairs in the early 19th century. Before she took a job as a maid, Margaret was shallow and selfish, never giving thought to her life of ease or those who worked for her. But she undergoes a dramatic transformation once she enters the world of a servant and experiences the many hardships that one endured as a maid. She develops more compassion, as well as an appreciation for her life and those in employment. It is this personal growth that is fascinating to watch, as well as the romance between Margaret and the Upchurch brother she spurned when she was younger in favor of his better-looking but less-responsible sibling. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is another enjoyable read from Julie Klassen.

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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