RITA finalist Julie Klassen has earned numerous awards for her popular historical romance novels. In The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, pampered Margaret Macy flees her home in London to avoid marrying a dishonorable man. Now, with no money and no place to stay, Margaret does the unthinkable: she takes a job as a housemaid in the home of two brothers - both of whom are former suitors. As an “invisible” observer, Margaret realizes she may have misjudged one brother and wonders if it’s too late to win his admiration.
©2011 Julie Klassen (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
This was a good enough story and very insightful as to the servant's lives and duties but it just didn't have enough romance in it to ring my bell - infact it wasn't until the very very very end (I'm talking last chapter!) that they got together.
If it's a history lesson you want then this is your kinda book but if you're looking for historical romance then pass on this one and look elsewhere.
Would I listen to it again - No
Worth the credit - No - way too slow for me
I would recommend this book to friends. I is very interesting to hear about the upper class in relationship to the servants. Servants were very loyal. I found it very interesting.
When she was learning about how the servants worked so hard and found how unappreciative she had previously been
Several scenes were really good but I can't say I had a favorite scene. I enjoyed all of them.
I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting however life does go on.
I really enjoy historically based novels. For some reason they grab my attention more than others. I enjoyed this book very much
I love to be totally immersed in a good story. I love the thrill of the middle of a great book. Thinking about it all day... wondering what will happen and then enjoying the conclusion. Nothing frustrates me more than an author who weaves an intense story line, builds interesting characters and then dumps me into despair by ending it all abruptly. Just hate that. I relish the "ahhhhh" at the end of a great story.
I was listening to this read at the same time as watching the series 3 of Downton Abbey. I kept getting the story lines mixed up. They were so similar in the servants quarters. If you love Downton... this will make for a most enjoyable read.
I loved the Masquerade ball at the end.
I found this book hard going. I did finish reading however to took much longer than others I have read. I felt this was a book that I had no trouble coming back to if something came up.
I felt the story whilst good was very drawn out.
Not the highest but still it is a kind of book that I think all historical romance reader would enjoy reading
there is a lot of information about how servants work and daily chores and household rules. I was not aware how structured the household management was , and how class is still a ruling element between working people.
That was the worst thing about the book. I am not a native english speaker, but even to my ears it was like a english course. very slow to let everyone follow easily. I sometimes check if I paused the playing because of the long silent intervals.
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