Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen - Litfuse Tour

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
Author: Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2012)
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN: 978-0764207099
Available at Amazon

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?

My Thoughts:

Set in 1815 England, this beautifully written story will captivate the heart of the reader from the very first page. Well researched and wonderfully detailed, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall will transport the reader back in a time where servants were never to be seen and barely ever thought of as a person with feelings. With extremely well developed characters, one will forget this is a work of fiction and be swept away into a world of Upstairs/Downstairs.

My favorite characters were not always so at the beginning. Margaret was a spoiled well-off girl who had servants to do everything for her. Not until she realized that she had no choice but to leave a bad situation, did she start becoming a bit more tolerable. As she grew and matured, I ended up adoring her. Nathaniel was different. I liked him from the beginning and fell in love with him by the end of the book. He was a wonderful, responsible and humble man who kept God at the center of his life.

Julie Klassen is a new-to-me author who captured my heart with this book. She has a wonderful style of writing that kept me from wanting to put the book down, and made me want to finish the book to see what happened, but also made me terribly disappointed the book ended. Her characters and the lessons they learned will be with me for a very long time!

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is definitely one of my favorite books and had me out and looking for other books to read by this amazing author. With that said, Julie has also made my favorite authors list. I can't wait to get started on another one of her books!


About the Author:

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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See what others on the tour are saying about "The Maid of Fairbourne Hall".

Don't miss the perfect blend of Regency-era romance and mystery in The Maid of Fairbourne Hall! Grab a copy and then be sure to enter Julie's Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVP for her Author Chat party on Facebook! Swoon.

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A Julie Klassen Library (The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/14/12. Winner will be announced at Julie's Fairbourne Hall Book Chat Party on 3/15. Julie will be hosting an evening of chat, trivia and a sneak peek of her next book - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a Downton Abbey Prize Pack (Seasons 1 and 2)!

So grab your copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and join Julie and friends on the evening of March 15th for a book chat party.
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this tour. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this book, and hope you will enjoy my others as well.



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