Review: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

Title: The Maid of Fairborne Hall
Author: Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
paperback, 416 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0709-9
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher

Fleeing a dishonorable man, Margaret abandons her pampered upper-class world for an anonymous life "below stairs." But will danger or love find her first?

My thoughts:
In the Maid of Fairborne Hall by Julie Klassen, Margret Macy is used to being waited upon. She doesn't think twice about her lifestyle and all the perks that come with it. She lives with her mother and step-father in a lavish house. Her step-father is adamant in trying to get Margret to marry his nephew. Margret is uneasy about this union and after overhearing a distasteful plot to lure her into matrimony, her only course of action is to flee her home. 
Margret Macy leaves without hardly any comforts or money. Her only solution is to find a job and wait until she is of age to collect her inheritance. Margret is soon in the service of the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch. Margret has an infatuation with Lewis and Nathaniel had proposed and been rejected by Margret. 
Margret is spoiled. She doesn't know what a hard days work would look like. The phrases 'Please' and 'Thank You' rarely cross her lips. Through serendipitous circumstances she comes to work at Fairborne Hall as a maid. Margret has a rude awakening and quickly learns all the hard work the servants accomplish in one day. She also learns that people are not what they seem. She finds quite a few kindred spirits among her fellow workers. Over the course of a few months Margret learns things like humility, forgiveness, integrity and love. Though the work is hard, she also learns the value of friendship and camaraderie. Margret has real character growth in this novel. 
Julie Klassen is a long time fan of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre. If you'd combine the two Jane's you'd come out with The Maid of Fairborne Hall. This book is a well written, very interesting take on a riches to rags story. Klassen takes the life style of the 19th century English manor and gives a great look into the life of the people of downstairs. This is a great book to read and one that I'd highly recommend.
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Other books by Julie Klassen:
Lady of Milkweed Manor
The Apothecary's Daughter
The Silent Governess

*Summary and cover taken from Goodreads.