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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.'"
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was a delightful read. It thrust me right into the story during the first page and did not let me go until I turned the last page. I would have to say that my favorite part of the book was all the rich details given on the life of a servant. Julie did a wonderful job of placing me there in the story with Margaret as she cleaned her first chamber pot and learned the names of the different types of cleaning brushes.
I enjoyed seeing the transformation of Margaret throughout the book. The way she connected with the other servants and her "vow" to show them more appreciation once she returned to her former life definitely testified to her transformation.
The romance was the sigh-worthy type. I was glad when Margaret recognized Lewis as he really was- despicable- and her slow warm-up to Nathaniel- a respectable man. Of course, I am always satisfied when the romance is completely clean- as this one was.
The added suspense of her stepfather trying to flush her out of hiding and the mystery of who shot Lewis was the icing on the cake. There was even a Poet Pirate! All in all, this book was an enjoyable and enlightening read. I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars! It can be bought at Amazon.
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.
For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com
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