Monday, January 2, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall



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 belowstairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.

My Review:

I honestly don't know how Julie Klassen does it time and time again, but I am so grateful that she does. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is just as stunning as her previous books. Stellar in fact. Brilliant. The kind of novel you want to escape into and never leave. Seriously, I read this in one sitting and it's 410 pages.! It wasn't that I couldn't put it down, it was that I refused to! What a perfect way to herald in the New Year!

First and foremost, her research is impeccable and she takes her readers into the belowstairs world of Regency England. That alone was fascinating -- but that we saw it all through the eyes of the aristocracy (Margaret) made so much more of an impact. And what a clever way to throw the heroine way out of her element! Definitely made for a page-turning read.

And Margaret really comes into her own as the story progresses. She transforms from a self-centered young lady of means to a compassionate woman who learns to look beyond her own needs. A very satisfying personal journey.

Add in the suspense over the threat of discovery and the romantic angle (which I can't say much about so as not to give anything away) and you will find The Maid of Fairbourne Hall an incredible and extremely satisfying read. Just clear your calendar before you pick it up because once you start reading, you won't want to stop!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.  Remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 8. Good luck! Oh -- and offer open internationally -- which means US, Canada, overseas...anywhere a book can be mailed to you!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Oh this looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.


  2. It is a good book, Rebecca! Good luck!

  3. i love ALL of Julie's novels...thanks for the opportunity to read her latest masterpiece :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  4. It's definitely a masterpiece, Karenk -- good luck!

  5. I have been waiting for this book, I loved Julie's last one. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall sounds wonderful, great review!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  6. I have bought and read all of Julie Klassen's books, and I would love to win this one! Her covers are all so great!


  7. Lovely review. Sounds like a great book :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  8. Love,love, love all of her books....please put my name in the drawing of this one.....and Happy New Year!!

  9. Diana -- I love all of Klassen's books as well. In fact she was one of my first Christan authors and I haven't looked back! Good luck!

    Thanks Faye. Hope you get a chance to read this book because it's really indescribable! Good luck!

    Happy New Year, Betsy. Here's to another year of incredible reads to look forward to! Good luck!

  10. I HAVE to win this book for my mom!! She would love to own a copy!!!

    Please enter me in the drawing! I'm a GFC follower!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Thanks for the great review! I would love to read this!


  12. Yes, please! :) There are a ton of new releases this month that went straight to my wish list.

  13. Yes -- it's like they waited for January 1 to inundate us with a ton of not-to-be-missed new releases! I'm thrilled to have been able to get copies a tad earlier than the bookstores this time round. And it's extra lovely because I've been off on holidays and happily reading up a storm. Good luck everyone!

  14. This looks really good.I love the cover!

  15. I love Julie's books. I'm anxious to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  16. Good luck, Leah and rubynreba!

  17. Great review! Julie is a new author for me, but the book sounds intriguing. I love stories where you can see the characters's positive growth and development. I'd love to read it!

  18. I would love to be in the drawing for this book. I've bought everyone of Julie's books. It's automatic! And I certainly hear good things about this one.

    Julie's prose has a certain appeal to it that is just a bit lovelier than you may find elsewhere.
    Her 'voice' is recognizable. I think you'll like it!

    thanks -debraemarvin (at) yahoooooo

  19. Rebecca -- never read any of Julie Klassen's books before? Oh my goodness, but you are in for a treat!!!! Good luck!

    Julie certainly has a distinctive voice, doesn't she, Debra? I just lose myself in her novels every time. Her words have the power to transport me out of my world every time. Good luck!

  20. I can't wait to read this one! I love Julie's books. Please enter me and thanks for the oppunutunity. :)

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  21. This sounds like such a good book that I would love to read.


  22. Please enter me in this giveaway:) Julie is an awesome writer! Thanks for the chance at winning this book!


  23. Sounds like a great book, please enter me!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  24. Good luck Cathy, Jo, Charity and Courtney!

  25. would LOVE to read this book

  26. I Love Julie's books, and this cover really draws me in, of course it has a lot of my favorite colors!


  27. Good luck LyonsLady and Maureen!

  28. Your review is fabulous! When I need my regency fix Julie's books are #1 :) Please enter me!