Julie Klassen is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. I have enjoyed all of her novels, which are set in Jane Austen’s England (a search of our site in that box on the right sidebar using her name will yield reviews of her past books).
In her most recent story, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, Klassen tells the story of Margaret Macy. Margaret is a spoiled young lady who has always taken her servants for granted. But when Margaret’s step-father plans to force her into a terrible marriage situation, Margaret flees her home and finds refuge in the role of a house maid. Margaret is blessed to find work in a fine manor, but the manor is the home of a former suitor, one that she rejected. Margaret must bluff her way through tasks she’s never faced, while also keeping her identity a secret from her master. As Margaret works, she learns about herself, about the difficult lives of the servants, and also about the master she thought she knew.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this novel, as well as the humor, romance, and suspenseful twists and turns in the plot. As a fan of historical fiction, I also appreciated learning about the lives of servants during the Regency period. Julie Klassen’s attention to historical detail is an integral part of her novels, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is no different.
The Regency period has become quite popular. With the current interest in Austen’s novels, stories centered around this time abound. With so many choices, I am glad to know that when I see Julie Klassen’s name attached to a new book, I can pick it up with confidence. This novel did not disappoint. I highly recommend The Maid of Fairbourne Hall to all fans of Christian fiction, and especially those of you who enjoy historical fiction.
Thanks to Litfuse Publishing, we have two copies of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall to give to our readers. Please leave a comment if you are interested. We will announce the winners on April 11th. The giveaway is closed.
Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.