I blame my recent lack of adequate sleep and lack of focus at work on this book. Not only did it have me pushing it when it came to bedtime, the next day at work I kept thinking about lunch (aka reading time) and what was going to happen. I should have known this was going to happen, because that’s what happens when you read a Julie Klassen novel.
And it was definitely no different with The Maid of Fairbourne Hall.
And I’ve decided she’s the Jane Austen of today.
And no more starting a sentence with and.
I especially loved this one because it felt like reading a Jane Austen novel and like the set of Downton Abbey.
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 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?
Observing both brothers as an “invisible” servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?
On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of “serve one another in love.”
I pretty much pictured the different characters as ones from Downton (even if some of their personalities are different) and it kinda made reading it even more awesome! Except none of the characters you love die. Take a hint Downton. Quit killing people. But there is plenty of mystery, suspense, family and of course love.
So next time I have a project to work on, the last thing I’m going to do right before is start a Julie Klassen novel.