The Red Review

So Many Books… So Little Time!

by Julie Klassen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“Yet never have I longed to kiss any woman’s hands as I long to kiss these.”

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

I am a great admirer of Julie Klassen’s work. Her books are incredibly compelling and painfully hard to put down. When I find a book by her, I automatically put it in my shopping cart without even needing to read the summary on the back cover. She is an author I trust and look forward to reading. 

Forced to flee London when she discovers her stepfather’s desire to pressure her to marry a dishonorable man, pampered and wealthy Margaret Macy ends up taking a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a man she once rejected in the hopes of winning his dashing brother. 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?

I enjoyed reading as Margaret begins to look past her own needs and desires and thinks about the betterment of those around her. At the beginning she was a little annoying in her self-pleasing attitude but I love how she began to truly serve others. This book reminded me in part of Downtown Abbey in that you get to see the “behind the scenes” of the daily wealthy household. I read many books about Lords and Ladies and it was refreshing to read about the life of those often in the background. 

With that said, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was not my favorite read, but I believe it is based on preference than the actual quality of the book. 

There were a few elements in the book that didn’t make sense to me or I wish had been conveyed differently. I tried to write my review without any spoilers, but I honestly wasn’t able to. So, for those of you who haven’t read this book yet, I would stop here and then come back when you have read it and let me know if you agree or not. Otherwise, keep reading!

My Unabridged Final Thoughts:

* SPOILERS BELOW *

  1. I personally love romance in books and was disappointed in the fact that the love interests didn’t interact really until about halfway through. 
  2. I didn’t truly understand Nathaniel’s undying love and devotion for Margaret from many years prior considering how awful she treated him. I mean, she treated him horribly, yet he still pined for her! If I was his friend, I would have said, “dude, you are way better off!” 
  3. I wish there was more passion in this book. I feel like she began to become a better person, but it wasn’t until the end that she realized that she was in love with him. I wish there was a greater amount of transition in that regard. More pining on her part. 
  4. In the end, I wish there had been more of a fight on her part. I mean, she left for months, worked as a servant when she was actually wealthy, endured great pain and stress, and then when she does finally come home, everything just works out without anything on her part? I wish there had been more fight. I was prepared for her to have to fight for what she wanted, but it just simply just came together without her. 
  5. Lastly, I wish there had been an epilogue. There are still so many things I am curious about. Lewis hadn’t changed. Is he now going to become a stand-up man? Take an interest in running his family’s estate, (Who is going to do the work that Nathaniel was doing?), not take advantage of women…? Also, we didn’t really get to see Nathaniel and Margaret together as a couple (now that Margaret knows that Nathaniel knows who she is) and I would have liked to read how married life suited the two of them. 

The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️

***4 Stars: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop 

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Today’s Review: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen I am a great admirer of Julie Klassen's work. Her books are incredibly compelling and painfully hard to put down. When I find a book by her, I automatically put it in my shopping cart without even needing to read the summary on the back cover. She is an author I trust and look forward to reading. • Forced to flee London when she discovers her stepfather’s desire to pressure her to marry a dishonorable man, pampered and wealthy Margaret Macy ends up taking a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a man she once rejected in the hopes of winning his dashing brother. 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? • I enjoyed reading as Margaret begins to look past her own needs and desires and thinks about the betterment of those around her. At the beginning she was a little annoying in her self-pleasing attitude but I love how she began to truly serve others. This book reminded me in part of Downtown Abbey in that you get to see the “behind the scenes” of the daily wealthy household. I read many books about Lords and Ladies and it was refreshing to read about the life of those often in the background. • With that said, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was not my favorite read, but I believe it is based on preference than the actual quality of the book. • There were a few elements in the book that didn’t make sense to me or I wish had been conveyed differently. I tried to write my review without any spoilers, but I honestly wasn’t able to. So, for those of you who would like to know my full, unabridged review… check out my website! • The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ***4 Stars: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop #julieklassen #themaidoffairbournehall #igreads #bookgeek #goodreads #booksbooksbooks #bookobsessed #bookstagramfeature #Bookstagram #Books

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2 thoughts on “The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

  1. David Whited says:

    Sounds like a lot of kissing!! 😘🥴🤢🤮
    Do you ever review any historical Christian football fiction??

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  2. shannonajade says:

    This one sounds really good!

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