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"The Maid of Fairbourne Hall," by Julie Klassen
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?
Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating below stairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.
This was an interesting book with great characters and a lot, and I mean an awful lot of information. The author had really done her research on how a house was run "below stairs" in the early 1800's. The thing is it was a bit too much information and it weighed the book down a lot and made it a little hard work.
Saying that I couldn't put the book down, I HAD to know what happened next, as all was not as it seemed. Margaret/Nora makes the perfect lead character, and you really believed in her and wanted her to succeed. You knew she was trying to fit in and even the other maids started to both like and trust her. Nathaniel was a little weak as a lead character and it was obvious what was going to happen with him and Margaret.
However overall it was a both that I wanted and HAD to keep on reading, so in my eyes it was a successful book.
Stars out of 5 : 4.5 Really worth while reading if you enjoy historical romances set in the 1800's in Britain. Be prepared to stick it out over the first few chapters until the story gets going. Once Margaret/Nora gets to Maidstone the story really gets interesting.
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