The Maid of Fairbourne Hall Author:Julie Klassen 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... more » 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? « less
First, I am not an avid romance reader and while this one is predictable with its tale and ending, I found reading it relaxing and enjoyable. Klassen draws characters that are believable and realistic. Margaret flees her home when her step-father schemes to have her married to his nephew and becomes a maid at Fairbourne Hall. Of course, she has had previous romantic encounters with both the young men who inhabit Fairbourne. Will her disguise fool them? Only time will tell. Donning a back wig, her father's lenses and affecting a maid's manner of speech she hopes to last until her birthday when she will inherit a fortune from an aunt if she remains unmarried. Her encounters with the other servants are humorous at times as she works to become a maid. Now she knows how her servants must have felt when she was in charge but she works hard to be accepted. Not an easy task when you have to learn everything from scratch.
I really enjoyed this story, even though it was a little predictable. With most cases of happily ever after some elements are kinda hard to not be predictable. However this book made my heart happy with its memorable characters and wonderful setting. As Margaret attempts to disappear into life at Fairbourne Hall, she learns the hard way what her servants have lived with their whole lives. She has to function without the help of many people at her beck and call and within the rules of proper household society. I was sad to reach the end because I fell in love with the characters and wasn't ready to leave them. Give it a try, you will be glad you did!
(Review copy provided by publisher, all opinions are mine)