Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

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 well-born 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

Margie's comments: In the middle of moving from Colorado to Missouri, I haven't had time to read all of Julie Klassen's latest release, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. But I have read enough to know that once again, Julie has put together a wonderful tale of adventure, unusual circumstances, and love. Julie's research is thorough and shows in the details. Her stories and characters make me fall in love with this time in history all over again. Will be glad to have a little more time to finish the book . . . soon!

1 comment:

Canada said...

Not packed with extreme sexual tones, but lovely and romantic to the core. This is a must read! The story rolled with subtle intensity that made it wonderfully enjoyable. I loved the summation at the end that wrapped the characters up and created a finality to the story.