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The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

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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 f
Paperback, 410 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Emma My answer is yes. That is my opinion, and I don't know about other parents or young teenagers themselves. I think a 13 year old girl can read this. …moreMy answer is yes. That is my opinion, and I don't know about other parents or young teenagers themselves. I think a 13 year old girl can read this. (less)
Carol No. She does start out as spoiled and snobbish, but after she becomes very likeable.

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Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Julie Klassen is the 21st century's Jane Austen! I knew she was good after reading The Apothocary’s Daughter, but The Maid of Fairbourne Hall really blew me away. Open this book and Klassen will transports you back to the early 1800s, in England, when upper-class Margaret Macy suddenly finds her life altered to that of a lowly housemaid.

The first character that struck me the strongest and grabbed my attention was wild-mannered and dashingly good lookin
I'm not one for the fangirl "OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS" stuff, but Julie Klassen’s books have tempted me to engage in some literary peer pressure. "It's not a preachy inspirational, trust me!"

I was drawn to her books by the intriguing titles, beautiful covers and well-written blurbs, and all four of her previous novels exceeded my expectations. I've read them all several times, and I still can’t decide which one to add to my Desert Island Keepers.

I had The Maid of Fairbourne Hall on my "yay comi
Continuing on my Klassen splurge...all 400 pages in about 24 hours! It's very hard to put down one of her books. This one was so enjoyable, and the historical research was great. And I loved Margaret/Nora and the hero so much! ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun read for me. If I had to quickly explain what this book reminded me of, I'd say it's sort of like mixing Jane Austen's Persuasion with Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. The theme of second chances and discovering how their actions and behavior effected those around them, really stood out to me.

I also enjoyed "seeing" and learning more about what life as a servant, specifically as a housemaid, might have been like. The added side stories that involved ships, a poetry
Jocelyn Green
Julie Klassen is such a master storyteller of Regency-era fiction. I love all the historical details she includes, from the food to high-society etiquette to servant's responsibilities and how they carried them out. The settings in this novel came alive, and I loved watching the transformation of the main character from the beginning of the story to the conclusion. Another thing I noticed and loved was that all of the secondary characters were robust and interesting too. No cardboard cutouts pop ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
This is the first book of Julie Klassen that I have read and it will not be my last. I did not think I could enjoy and get as involved in a book as I did with this one.

I want to say one thing before giving my review of the book. Don’t give up on the book. The book is a slow start and I was myself tempted to put it down and skip it. I am so glad that I did not and continued reading on. The story gets better and better and really does a nice job tying everything up at the end.

The story takes you
I loved this book!!!

This is the second book I've read by Julie Klassen and I've loved both books so very much!! Julie Klassen is my new favorite author! I was sad when I reached the last page of this book and immediately thought, I need to re-read this book again some day. I loved reading about these characters. I loved reading as Margaret Macy's character developed and changed as she became the person she was in the end, as well as the others who became better and better as the story unfolded.
I enjoyed this one much more than the last couple of Julie Klassen novels I've read. It may be because the heroine wasn't being punished for being a "fallen woman." Thankfully, this one was much less heavy and preachy, not so full of judgment and condemnation. At the most, some Bible verses and a few quick prayers were all that reminded me that this was a Christian romance, thank God. I do like to read a good romance that focuses more on the emotional aspect of love rather than sex scenes, but a ...more
Delightful, intriguing, and fascinating characters made this story one that I greatly enjoyed. I love the premise and Margaret's disguise and the discretion of the time period was quite fascinating to watch unfold. This is my first read by Julie Klassen and I was pleased with how well it kept my attention. Not the usual period drama kind of book...has some surprises along the way :) ...more
After hearing a private conversation between her step father and his nephew, in which they plotted to make her marry the young man in order to steal her inheritance, Margaret Macy decides to flee and wait for her upcoming birthday, when she will get that inheritance and will be able to live on her own. With the help of her former maid, Margaret becomes a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a man she once rejected because she wanted to win his brother’s love. Will she be safe in Nathanie ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Margaret Macy must escape her home to protect her virtue, inheritance, and future! Her step-father has ordered his scoundrel nephew to court, woo, and even compromise (if necessary) his step daughter, Margaret, in order to force marriage between them and obtain control of her inheritance. With no funds readily available and no family nearby, Margaret disguises herself as a maid and leaves her family and home. In just a few months she will be old enough to claim her inheritance and can come out o ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 re
Michelle Griep
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author Julie Klassen’s writing gets better and better with each novel she pens. Translation: THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL is my absolute favorite of all her books. Why? Great question. Here’s a little dissection…

Will the dashing Mr. Upchurch figure out that the love of his life is the one changing his chamber pot—or won’t he? I love that edge-of-the-seat kind of wondering, and this book delivers a fair amount of it.

Heroine Margaret Macy is certainly in a pickle, and that’s what keep
Bluerose's  Heart
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've had a really good reading streak lately. I've read some GREAT books! I've been depending more on my blogging friends to recommend books before requesting them, and it's made my reading time SO much better. (Thanks y'all!!!)

I'd already read from several bloggers that this book reminded them of Jane Austen. So, while reading this book, I was in the "Jane Austen" mindset. I enjoyed this book so much that if it wasn't for the huge pile of books I need to read, it would have been a perfect oppor
Margaret Chind
In the fall of 2008 I first discovered Julie Klassen in her debut novel Lady of Milkweed Manor and fell in love. Pretty much as a matter of fact many things I said about that novel still hold true again to this one.

Upon finishing this novel, I sigh in complete contentment. This is near one of the best novels I have ever had the opportunity to fall deep within the pages and stay for a while.

From beginning to end I had my opinions of how things should go, with the slight twists and turns I never
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have collected all of Julie Klassen's books, and I have to say, that this is one of the best. This book swept me away to another time and place, and I was so sad when the book ended, because it meant I had to leave. I love Regency-era England, and the descriptions in her books make me feel like I am there. I really got acquainted with Maidstone and Fairbourne Hall and the characters. I like the fact that characters who are not main characters are still rounded and developed. Excellent book, ex ...more
Deanne Patterson
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was a slow start for me. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish it . I am glad I persevered because it was a really great book. ...more
Clare Cannon
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults (females)
Shelves: young-adult

One of Klassen's better novels, Fairbourne Hall is a sweet Regency Romance with a faintly Christian tone. A well-to-do (somewhat spoiled) young woman is forced to flee her home when her step-father threatens to stoop to sordid means to force her marriage to his ne'er-do-well nephew, in order to gain access to her inheritance. She seeks to survive by assuming the role of a maid below-stairs, in what she belatedly learns is the home of an old acquaintance.

As many reviewers have noted, the nove
So far I have enjoyed reading the majority of Julie Klassen's historical romances. This one was no exception. The concept intrigued me from the outset, and the way the author pulled me in kept me reading was well done. At first the heroine wasn't very likable, but the author changed that by putting Margaret in a very humbling situation. Then the hero wasn't very likable, but once I was inside his head that all changed as well. I've never read a book where I disliked both main characters right of ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This kind of reminded me of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, with a twist. There is a bit of a lost-love story going on, which I’m always a sucker for. Margaret flees her home one evening and finds employment in the home of a man who once proposed to her. She wears a disguise and becomes a housemaid. I liked the changes Margaret goes through during her story. She starts off a bit pampered and kind of self-centered, but as the story progresses and she starts to actual work her personality softens and sh ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, romance
Wonderful job by Ms. Klassen as usual of weaving history, excitement, and a bit of mystery and romance together. Appearances can be quite deceiving, and that is certainly true for Miss Macy as she flees one home disguised as a servant in order to try and save her vast inheritance. Her trip is complicated though as she is hired as a servant in the home or men she has rejected and who she now gets to see are not what she thought at all. Perhaps not my favorite background story of Ms. Klassen’s but ...more
I love the amount of history I know I will get when reading a Klassen novel. I love the deep characters and the twisting plots. I think this is my favorite of all her novels. I loved Downton Abby and loved being pulled back into the world of servants and the upper-class. But this one had a great twist with the spoiled rich girl learning a great life lesson.I was disappointed at first that the love interests got little time together but by the end the tension that she had built threw out the nove ...more
Sarah Monzon
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading is like having coffee with a long lost friend.
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, 2019
I blame my recent lack of adequate sleep and lack of focus at work on this book. Not only did it have me pushing it when it came to bedtime, the next day at work I kept thinking about lunch (aka reading time) and what was going to happen. I should have known this was going to happen, because that’s what happens when you read a Julie Klassen novel.

And it was definitely no different with The Maid of Fairbourne Hall.

And I’ve decided she’s the Jane Austen of today.

And no more starting a sentence wit
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Writing a good regency must be a great deal more complicated than it looks upon first appearance. But when done in the correct and proper manner, good regency shines like the silver by which “Nora” polished belowstairs in Fairbourne Hall.

For anyone who has read even just a little of this period of fiction, one would not expect a rich society girl to one day be attending a masquerade ball and the next scrubbing a chamber pot. But as crazy as that sounds, the plot of the story perfectly supports
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
eeeeexcellent historical fiction. light on the angst, light on the religion. **4.5 stars**

should be a hit with downton abbey fans, as it features a lot of the upstairs/downstairs manor house details.

pg13 light green for a tiny bit of peril, some ruination, a duel, and a boat burning ;)

Roseanna White
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this one! A wonderful combination of typical Regency upper-class and the below-stairs life made so popular by Downton Abbey. One of Julie Klassen's best, which is saying something indeed! ...more
This book was really good. I especially liked the upstairs/downstairs aspect of the story. In the beginning the main character, Margaret was naive and pampered by wealthy parents, but her step father, a despicable man, has his eye on the fortune she's about to inherit from her aunt and is trying to marry her off to a relative of his who is in cahoots with him to try and steal it. This relative is also not a good man and after overhearing their plans, Margaret decides she must run away and leaves ...more
A tale of a headstrong young lady of high standing who - when her freedom, inheritance and personal safety is under attack in her own home by her ghastly stepfather and his nephew - flees London in the hopes of escaping her past and her fears, disguised as a maid. Due to unlikely circumstances, she finds herself accepting a position at Fairbourne Hall - the very place wherein live two brothers who have both played major roles in Margaret's past. Lewis, the sought-after rogue and Nate, the dark, ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Before I share what I thought about The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, I have to mention that Julie Klassen is one of my mom's favorite authors - she's read all of Julie's books and when she saw that I had this book for review - she immediately took it from me and had to read it first! And guess what? My mom loved this book from the first sentence on... literally!

While Julie Klassen is not a new author to my mom, she is to me - this is the first
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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. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and ...more

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Margaret leaned forward and kissed him firmly, warmly, on the lips. Then she smiled at him, her eyes brimming with tears. “Yes, it most definitely has.”
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