Sunday, March 4, 2012

Litfuse Blog Tour: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

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"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.'"


My Review
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.

 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.

For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com

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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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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the great review, Aizess! Glad you enjoyed the book.

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  2. I loved Klassen's first books but not the last two. I feel the author, though an excellent writer, adds a lot of meandering plot lines that tire a reader, especially in The Silent Governess. I was truly impressed with the first half of Maid of Fairbourne Hall. Klassen did a great job with research and bringing to life how it would have been to be a maid "below stairs". The amount of work to keep the house running was astounding and some of the jobs were quite humorous. Hard to imagine emptying chamber pots!

    I also enjoyed all the secondary characters - the many different maids, who were quite active in the story until the reader hits a little past that mid-way mark, then they silently vanish. No more mention. (Not even to tell us their reaction when finding out the truth about Nora ... disappointing!) A possible romance, a maid with an edge slowly softening, and several other story lines just dropped. Suddenly, almost as if reading two different books, gone is the slight humorous angle and growing attraction between two main characters, and we're thrust into a "who dun it" mystery. Someone's been shot and all concentration goes to figuring out the menacing man holding a grudge. It seriously seemed out of place and added little to the story.

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