I have always enjoyed a novel by Julie Klassen because there is lots of mystery, a little bit of action, historical information, and just the right dose of romance! "The Maid at Fairbourne Hall" definitely didn't lack in these areas (even if there was not quite as much romance as I had hoped which is why I'm giving this novel a 4.5 stars)!
I thought the world of servants fascinating especially coming from a main character who was part of the upper class! Macy was a character who grew so much throughout the story and reminded me of the humble Biblical message to not judge anyone based on appearances! Nathaniel was another wonderful character as well as his entire family! It was hard choosing a favorite character as there were many I liked!
The only thing that I was so bummed about concerning this novel was the ending, but not because it wasn't good or anything of that nature! I had just hoped for more to have occurred at the end! I would be specific in what I mean by that, but I don't want to spoil the ending!
Overall, despite this complaint above I really enjoyed reading this novel! It kept me up quite a few late nights in wanting to read more of these characters who had captured my heart! The storyline is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat as well as having a good giggle!
this book takes us on a trip back in time and allows us to see just what life was like in the 1800's. i love the Jane Austin style/time set and this book is not a disappointment. the story is exciting [sometimes too exciting...i couldn't put it down]! Ha. we are able to see family functioning under the dictates of a society where "looking/being proper" decides how the characters react to any given situation. it is an honest look at "what we see it not always how it really is"... I highly recommend this book. this author never disappoints!
This book had a lot of depth. The immediate problem that Margaret Macy faces, is a devious step-father who wishes to marry her off to his nephew, an equally devious and fortune seeking cad. When she overhears their true intent and the lengths they will go to, she suddenly decides to flee. What ensues is a great ride, as we read about her many struggles, and character changing experiences. This book deals very much with how judging a person for whom we think they are, is not always, the wisest choice, and walking in their shoes can be exceedingly eye-opening. There are many relationships and discoveries which add a lot to this book. The historical details are quite enjoyable, but without being "too much", as I have seen with some other authors who actually go into grotesque detail. My only complaint about this book is that, it ended to abruptly. I do not understand why either authors or editors would believe readers would enjoy not having a little more meat to a happy ending. When Margaret finally gets to be with the man she is meant to, it is all over so quickly. I would have loved to know what happened when she returned to meet with the staff at Fairbourne Hall, and how each of them reacted to her and her "news". Perhaps jumping forward a bit to her new life and the completeness she now felt. A bit about the career her husband decided to pursue for his new future, etc.
4.5 out of 5 stars simply for the abrupt ending and questions I was left with.
Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend.
Included: Reading group questions and a couple of historical notes in the acknowledgement which relate to the story.
I was given this book by a friend and am offering my honest opinion.