Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall (CFBA Tour)

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 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."

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, go HERE


Doesn't the synopsis of the book make you wonder how a lady in 1815 London ends up working as a housemaid in the home of a former suitor and a passing love interest? As I write this, I'm only about 1/4 of the way through the book, but already I'm awed at how Klassen has made this story twist and turn in such a way as to turn Margaret's position on it's head! Engaging and intriguing, so far The Maid of Fairbourne Hall has the makings of a great story! I'm eager to read more - so be looking for my full review to come soon!

*With thanks to Bethany House through CFBA for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*


Kav said...

I LOVED this book! And doesn't it have a unique twist? And the way Klassen seeps it in historical details. Oy -- this would be a great book club book if you are ever thinking of doing another discussion. There are so many nuances that I'd love to talk about! It's the kind of book that you're sad to see the end of.

Marianne said...

i have read Girl in the Gatehouse and loved it so much. Now i want this one, too

Amber S. said...


Yes! :) Unique and well-written, for sure!

You know, I think it's sad sometimes as a book blogger... Because it seems like I'm constantly thinking about the next books on my TBR stack and not appreciating the ones I'm currently reading as much as I should! So while I'm curious to find out what happens in this book, I want to also savor it and realize that it really will be sad to see a good book end!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Would you be interested in seeing more book discussions here in general? It's fun when I have some time to come up with my own questions for book discussions and put together the posts, although I know I haven't done very many discussions!


Amber S. said...


I have The Girl in the Gatehouse on one of my TBR stacks. :) I started it once, but I didn't get very far... Klassen's writing seems to be very good, though, and hopefully I will get back to that sometime!

Hope you get a chance to read The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, as well. :)


Kav said...

I would love to participate in more book discussions, Amber. I love talking plot and character and twists and turns...sigh. :-)

Amber S. said...



Thanks for letting me know! It really is fun to talk books. :) I'll have to keep some book discussion ideas in mind!