Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)
Others may believe Margaret Macy’s step-father to be a dashing and charming man, but she knows just the opposite to be true. Margaret is about to come into a great fortune left by a spinster aunt, and her step-father is determined to get his hands on the money. He moves in his conniving nephew, Marcus, with the intention of marrying Margaret off and thus getting access to her fortune.
When Margaret overhears her step-father instructing Marcus to use any means available to force Margaret’s hand – even if that means dishonoring her – she flees from her home with a recently fired maid. Disguised as a maid herself, Margaret finds herself at Fairbourne Hall, employed as an under maid at the estate of her former suitors, Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch.
Disguised with a wig and her father’s old reading glasses, and instructed to be invisible – as all maids were – Margaret at first has no trouble remaining anonymous and blending in with the rest of large staff. Before long, however, certain visitors bring up suspicions about Margaret’s true identity and she must do all she can to remain incognito until she gains access to her inheritance and independence.
I’ve read a few of Julie Klassen’s books, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was just as well written and researched as her previous works. In fact, the true-to-the-period language can be a little hard to get used to at first – and for that reason the beginning of the book was somewhat slow for me – but did make the book feel more authentic once I became accustomed to the various terms.
As I read The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, I could not help but compare it to the Downton Abbey series on PBS since both have similar subject matters. The sheer size of staff required to run these old English mansions, and the hijinks and politics were fascinating to read about. Margaret’s experience as a maid also provided an interesting contrast between the lives of the upper class at that time period and the lives of their help.
Overall, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was an enjoyable read that will appeal to fans of pleasant, clean historical fiction.
Also by Julie Klassen: The Silent Governess
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The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.