Dusting chimneys, cleaning soiled pans, and raw hands becomes her new reality. In Klaussen’s new historical fiction, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, readers find themselves swept up into the lives of Margaret Macy and Nathaniel Upchurch. This 19th century novel is filled with beautiful imagery and well-rounded characters that pulls the reader into the book and holds them there.
Margaret Macy was a girl of leisure and enjoyed lives simple pleasure. Her father was a Perish who spent his time between his family and followers. One of Margaret’s joys was joining her father on his perish duties. That is, until her father died.
Fleeing London in servant clothes, and a new name, Margaret escapes the dishonorable plans of her step-father and his nephew. In her endeavors to recreate herself, Margaret found herself in the one place she wished she wasn’t. In the home of the man she spurned for his brother.
When a newspaper article comes out announcing Margaret’s death, Margaret will have to decide if she wishes to reveal herself to save her inheritance, or stay hidden in fear of being forced into a despicable marriage.
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is an amazing tale that reads like a story out of a Jane Austen novel. We highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Historical Fiction, or who wants to try it a try for the first time. This book is appropriate for 15 and up. We give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Julie Klassen is also the author of The Girl in the Gatehouse, The Silent Governess, The Apothecary’s Daughter, and The Lady of Milkweed Manor.