Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2012) 416 pages
Decription from Amazon:
Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt--and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall?
Observing both brothers as an "invisible" servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?
On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of "serve one another in love."
I've had a really good reading streak lately. I've read some GREAT books! I've been depending more on my blogging friends to recommend books before requesting them, and it's made my reading time SO much better.
I'd already read from several bloggers that this book reminded them of Jane Austen. So, while reading this book, I was in the "Jane Austen" mindset. I enjoyed this book so much that if it wasn't for the huge pile of books I need to read, it would have been a perfect opportunity to give a Jane Austen book another try. Even though I haven't seen much of Downtown Abbey, I've seen enough to know that this book also reminded me of that series. If you like it, this would be a good book to try.
Some of my favorite books are when a person learns what it's like to walk in someone's else shoes, especially when it means the poor experience the rich life or vice versa. In The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, Margaret has to flee from her home on an attempt to save her reputation and purity. With no money, she has to take the job of a maid, and change her name to Nora, in an attempt to protect her anonymity. This is far from the life she's used to living. As you can suspect, a sweet romance is added in the mix. I enjoyed every moment of reading The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, and I desperately wished I could have read it quicker than I was allowed! ;)
*A huge thanks to Bethany House for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!