Friday, March 9, 2012

"The Maid of Fairbourne Hall" by Julie Klassen

What do you do when you are being forced into a distasteful marriage? Run away, of course. At least, that is what Margaret Macy did and it changed her life. Margaret lived a lifestyle that others dreamed of - pampered and wealthy. Was it really worth giving all of that up just to find love. Margaret said yes, and found a real job for the first time in her life. As the housemaid, Margaret works diligently, but at first she can't understand the pride others show in menial labor. Then, there are two brothers she works for, each bringing a unique set of problems to her life. And, she was always looking over her shoulder for someone coming after her. How can she continue hiding from those of Fairbourne Hall who would bring her back into the fold? Can Margaret trust anyone enough to find love? Will Margaret find the pride in her work that the others find in theirs?

What a wonderful story of hope and love. I really enjoyed reading the book because the story line was interesting and the characters realistic. It highlights the point that people should have pride in their work, whatever it is, and that honesty and integrity should be valued most highly. This book will definitely be a delight to readers of all types and book groups will have loads of fun discussing the plot and themes. It has been a pleasure to be part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for this book!

About the book:
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?
About Julie:
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.

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About the contest:  If you have a scheduled date that is near the end of the tour, please consider posting twice, once earlier in the month about the contest, and then again later in the month with your review.
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. Winner will be announced at Julie's "Fairbourne Hall" Facebook Party on 3/15 . Julie will be hosting an evening of chat, trivia and a sneak peek at her next book - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Downton Abbey Prize Pack!

So grab your copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and join Julie and friends on the evening of March 15th for an evening of fun.
Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 15th!


  1. Thanks for the review, Donna. So glad you enjoyed the book!

  2. You are very welcome, Julie. It was a pleasure. =)