Friday, December 30, 2011
THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL (JULIE KLASSEN)
To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margret 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?
Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating belowstairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.
This was a wonderful story of a well-to-do young woman who disguises herself as a servant and takes up a job in another rich household to hide out from the man she is supposed to marry. Margaret cannot stand her suitor and refuses to marry him but needs to keep herself hidden until her 21st birthday when she is set to inherit a large sum of money from her aunt. She does not want her husband-in-waiting to get this money so becomes a servant in the same household of the man she truly does love and wants to marry.
Margaret changes her name to Nora and bides her time as a housemaid until her birthday when she’ll receive her inheritance and finally have independence. However, some of the residents of the household think she looks familiar and one recognizes her despite her disguises but chooses to say nothing until near the end of the book.
The book was so interesting, the characters were well developed and all the information about housemaids and servants was quite interesting. Not a job I should like for sure. I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends. Very well done and extremely enjoyable!