The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Blurb: 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.” 

I’m not hugely into historical romances but regency era is my favorite subgenre. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen sounded a bit unique and it was. The behind-the-scenes view of life as a servant during that time period was interesting – it’s obvious Julie Klassen does her research and I learned a lot. There’s a lot of tension, danger and intrigue throughout the book. And something unexpected that I found especially fascinating was when pirates came into the story. I expect them in a high-seas adventure – not showing up at a manor in the middle of the country!

The story was layered, colorful – everything about it was great except I found one thing rather lacking: the romance. It only makes sense in hindsight – when the main character is in disguise throughout 95% of the story, and she is busy avoiding the attention of the love interest who might recognize her, well – there’s not a lot of room for sizzling chemistry. If the ending had been drawn out a bit more, there might have been more development and closure in that department. As it was, I loved the book for the historical aspect but the romance was lukewarm at most.

All in all, an enjoyable read, just don’t expect to swoon. 🙂  What’s your favorite historical period?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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5 comments

  1. My top two favorite historical periods are Victorian and Regency.
    Julie Klassen has been my favorite author for sometime now. “The Maid of Fairbourne Hall” was actually the first book of hers that I read! One of the highlights to the book was observing the day to day life of the maids. Reading about the pirates in the book was a pleasant surprise and even though I read the book a few years ago, I still remember those parts arguably the most.
    Great post. 

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