Book Review: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Disguised as a servant and with only a few coins to her name, Margaret Macy, a pampered socialite, flees her home in London to avoid an unsuitable marriage arranged by her scheming stepfather.

With nowhere to go, Margaret takes a position as a housemaid working in the home of Nathanial Upchurch, a former suitor whom she rejected in the hopes of winning the heart of his charming brother.

Competent only at being a proper lady, Margaret is unfit when it comes to maintaining a household and her lacking skills leave her bumbling through her daily tasks. If she can keep up the charade until her next birthday, she will have gained her long awaited inheritance and the independence she longs for.But the longer she remains at Fairborne, the more apparent it becomes that she made a grave mistake in declining Nathaniel’s proposal. Is it too late to make amends and rekindle his affections?

Living her life in the shoes of someone lesser and the trials encountered by Margaret along the way are humbling for the vain, young socialite. Will she learn the value in serving as well as the humility in being served?

Overall, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was an enjoyable read. A good story with a hint of suspense that holds your interest, and well-developed characters the reader will care about.

You’ll like this if:

  • You’re a fan of Jane Austin(ish) novels.
  • You enjoy clean historical romance.
  • A subtle Christian message doesn’t offend you.
  • You like Julie Klassen’s other novels.
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  1. #1 by Espana on February 13, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    I love Julie Klassen’s books! This is the only one I haven’t read yet but it’s on “the list” to be read this winter. Glad you enjoyed it and reviewed it as it gives me something to really look forward to!

    • #2 by juliemomyer on February 13, 2012 - 10:19 pm

      She is one of my favorites also! I think this is one of the best she’s done.

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