Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book review and giveaway: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

I just returned on Saturday from a trip to Iceland, so I've been fighting some pretty bad jet lag and sleepiness this week. I manage to work around it most of the time, but it was especially annoying in the evenings once I started reading The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, because the book was so good that I really wanted to keep reading it rather than going to sleep early! Here's a bit about this book, from information I received from the publisher:

To avoid marriage to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not at Fairbourne Hall—the home of two former suitors.
    As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret. When a trap is set to force her from hiding, will love or danger find her first?
I really liked this book enormously and definitely plan to seek out other books by Julie Klassen. I thought the story was well-written and the characters both believable and likeable.  I found the discussion of slavery and emancipation that went on throughout the book to be very interesting. And the stories of love and forgiveness and finding out the truth about both yourself and others were also very enjoyable. There is some discussion of faith and God in the book as well, but it's not a major element of the storyline.

All in all, this was a lovely historical novel that I really enjoyed and that I recommend wholeheartedly if you're looking for a new romance book to read!

And I have good news- I'm going to pass on my copy of this book to one of you! Open to US mailing addresses only, please enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Disclosure: I received this book to review for myself, thanks to Bethany House Publishers. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Stephanie Phelps said...

I would love to win for me. I love to read! :)

moushka said...

I'm an avid book reader so this would be for me!

Karen said...

Me! This book sounds fabulous!

jakiesmom said...

for myself
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Anita Yancey said...

I'd like to win this book for myself. Thanks for this chance.

Bonnye said...

I would love to win it for myself, and to share with my sister when I am finished!

Terra H. said...

I'd like to read it first, then pass it to to my mother. Thanks.

Carol N Wong said...

Myself! I love to read historical fiction. It would be a real treat for me to read this1


phxbne said...

For me!