Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway Info: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

About the book
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?
My thoughts
I loved this book.  So often, when reading books about high society, we only get to see how the upper class lives.  In this book, both Margaret and the reader are immersed into the lives of the servants who live behind the scenes of high society.  Margaret learned just how different their lives, their hopes, and their dreams are.  She also realizes just how much she took her own servants for granted.  There was also a strong theme of second chances and the wonderful promise we all have of being able to start over again, whether in life or love.  There is a fair amount of Christian discussions, but they fit and are not high pressure.   This is one of a few books that I am hanging onto for my girls to read in a few years.  No matter our station in life, I truly believe every one would benefit from spending some time working in the service sector, if for no other reason than to better understand those who serve us every day and to better appreciate all they do.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic stories of second chances, those who enjoy reading about how high society used to be or are interested in learning about how the servants lived in high society.  

About the author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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About the giveaway
Don't miss the perfect blend of Regency-era romance and mystery in The Maid of Fairbourne Hall! Grab a copy and then be sure to enter Julie's Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVP for her Author Chat party on Facebook! Swoon.

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire

  • A Julie Klassen Library (The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/14/12. Winner will be announced at Julie's Fairbourne Hall Book Chat Party on 3/15. Julie will be hosting an evening of chat, trivia and a sneak peek of her next book - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a Downton Abbey Prize Pack (Seasons 1 and 2)!

So grab your copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and join Julie and friends on the evening of March 15th for a book chat party.

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on March 15th!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and the author for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes. My opinion is my own and was not influenced by anyone else.  

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