Friday, May 12, 2017

The Maid Of Fairbourne Hall Book Review

The Maid Of Fairbourne Hall, by Julie Klassen, is set in England in 1815 and is about Margaret Macy.  When Margaret reaches her next birthday, she is to inherit a lot of money from her deceased Aunt (her Dad already passed away, he was an amazing Dad and a Vicar).  Margaret's Step-dad wants to have that money, so he is trying to get his nephew married to her.  She does not want to marry her step-cousin, and is forced to leave, so she does not have to.  She goes out of town with one of her servants, and Margaret ends up working at Fairbourne Hall, the country house of the Upchurch's.  But wait there's more!  At Fairbourne Hall lives the man she rejected years ago, and his brother, the man she has been wanting to marry.  Margaret learns more about both men, and truly falls in love with one.

There are many things I love about this book.  The first that there is a really cool quote at the beginning of each chapter, that pertains to the story, and most of them give you a bit more history of the time, which makes it even more enjoyable to read.  I loved having two point of views: one from Margaret Macy, and one from Nathaniel Upchurch.  The writing and character development are very well done.  Margaret does not start out as nice of a person as she could be.  In this book I learned a lot about the servants of the wealthy in Regency Era England and how they lived.  I love how Margaret had a disguise and the author wrote the disguise in a way that made it believable.  Plus, the Bible content was really well done (the reason Margaret runs away is because of a her Father's teachings on the Bible story of Joseph in the Old Testament).

I would recommend The Maid Of Fairbourne Hall for ages 14 +.  This is technically categorized as an adult book.  There is some kissing, and the "evil villain" of the story tries to compromise the reputation of Margaret to get her to marry him, so he can get all of her money (this is part of the synopsis on the back of the book).  Also, [[SPOILER ALERT]] Nathaniel's brother is kind of a bad guy, though nothing is really talked about in detail, and he does participate in a duel. *This is not a blanket recommendation for Julie Klassen's books, many of her books have content that really makes them truly adult story-lines. If I do not specifically recommend a Julie Klassen book on my blog, BEWARE the book may be too adult for younger readers, including teens.*

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