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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
Fans of Jane Austen and 19th century romance will LOVE this one!
Nathaniel Upchurch has returned from helping his father with their sugar plantation in Barbados and also from leaving London when Margaret Macy rejects his marriage proposal while her heart beats for his brother Lewis, a lifelong flirt who has no hopes of marrying anyone. Has the time being gone for these few years helped heal the wound in his heart or will he find a new way to win Margaret's heart once more?
In the latest novel by Julie Klassen, The Maid at Fairbourne Hall is a reverse Cinderella story at heart. Margaret Macy leaves her home and turns to the life of a maid hoping to hide from Sterling and Marcus who are searching all over London for her. While earning her keep at Fairbourne Hall, she learns that she has been hired to work for the Upchurch family. Will she be able to keep her disguise or will she try and convince Lewis and Nathaniel of her stepfather's plot to marry her for her money?
I received this novel compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and loved it. Taking me to the early 18oo's in London, the reader gets an insiders look at what the life of hired help was like working for rich families and how they find the delight in the simplest of pleasures, that the rich take advantage of. This is a must read for fans of Jane Austen and who love the romance that comes from the time period. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read more novels by Julie Klassen!
posted by Heart2Heart on December 29, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
posted by Suholo on March 17, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2012
Having enjoyed the first 2 books by this author, I was eager to read her latest offering and even more eager after seeing all the reviews. I am sorry I cannot agree with all of the "GREAT BOOK" ratings. It started out with great potential ... a great plot and subplots. Then it turned into a very lengthy documentary of the daily life of servanthood .... WAY too much detail and WAY too many pages. I wanted a romance NOT a history book. When we finally got to the real action I was again disappointed ... everything worked out FAR TOO EASILY in VERY few pages. All the problems just suddenly disappeared. And there was very little romance. There was little interaction between NORA and Nathaniel except a couple of scenes of physical attraction which were TOTALLY contradicting to all of the careful details of servanthood. When you read 359 pages you deserve more than page of romance ... very disappointing ending! VERY disappoited in the book and the author. It seems the publisher is going for quantity of pages rather than a quality story.
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Posted February 10, 2013
Feels like wasted time. It was average.
Overall this book was a pretty good read. It did not wow me, and for a historical fiction book I thought that their conversations and such were too modern sounding. I thought this was a Christian historical fiction book and was greatly dissapointed by the lack of God in this novel. The main character, Margaret, never really bore the consequences of her lies and deceit. The ending was just as dissapointing as the rest of the book. It ended abruptly. I felt like I was waiting the whole book for it to get good and when I finally got to the good part in the end it lasted for one, maybe two, pages. I liked the whole idea of the book though. The storyline kept me interested for the most part, but it didn't have the excitement that I love in novels. Even the romance in this book wasn't exciting. I prefer when the characters fall head over heels in love with eachother, and I didn't get that kind of vibe from this book. Instead, I had to drag myself through all of these scenes in the book where the main characters are wondering to themselves,"I wonder if she likes me?" And,"Do I like him?" They went on like that for what felt like forever until the last few pages of the book, whuch was frustrating because I felt like the book then lacked romance. I didn't feel that this book was very original, I have heard and read of many stories similar to this one. This book didn't contain the originality and freshness that I was looking for. I wouldn't reccommend this book to anyone, but I wouldn't advise someone against it either. I gave this book three stars because I thought it was average. It was nothing more than okay and nothing less.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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