Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Julie Klassen’s The Maid of Fairbourne Hall!

I apologize to Litfuse but I feel I MUST post this. Before the blog review.

We, the conservative community, have lost a great man today, Mr. Andrew Breitbart. This is absolutely devastating news. I am shocked and truly saddened by the news. He was a great man, who was fiercely intelligent, fearless, diligent, and NEVER backed down from the truth. He spoke it like it was. This is indeed a great loss to all conservatives. The man was a true contender. 

May you rest in the precious arms of Jesus Christ, Mr. Breitbart. God bless, comfort and console your family and friends and to all your fellow conservatives who loved you. Your family is in my prayers and with a saddened and broken heart.

Thank you LitFuse for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

About the book:
To escape a scheme to marry her off 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 in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch--both former suitors.

As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret when suspicions arise and prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall. Can she avoid a trap meant to force her from hiding?
 About Julie:
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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MY REVIEW:  I really enjoyed reading this book. We meet Margaret Macy who is spirited, highly independent and somewhat spoiled. A person who has never worked a day in her life and never once considered the people that served her. She completely disregarded them and took them for granted.  The tables are turned when she herself becomes a maid to escape her step-father's plans to marry her off to a very unscrupulous man.
I found it rather comical how totally inept she was about cleaning and the hard work it entailed and trying to get out of her own clothes without the assistance of her personal maid. She began to understand how hard these servants worked and the best part was when she had to clean the "chamber pots" Ha! That was funny.

A Very enjoyable book.  

Don't miss the perfect blend of Regency-era romance and mystery in The Maid of Fairbourne Hall! Grab a copy and then be sure to enter Julie's Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVP for her Author Chat party on Facebook! Swoon.

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A Julie Klassen Library (The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/14/12. Winner will be announced at Julie's Fairbourne Hall Book Chat Party on 3/15. Julie will be hosting an evening of chat, trivia and a sneak peek of her next book - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a Downton Abbey Prize Pack (Seasons 1 and 2)!

So grab your copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and join Julie and friends on the evening of March 15th for a book chat party.
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Bob said...

I will miss Andrew Breitbart. He was always in the thick of things when it came to exposing corruption in our government. God bless his family as they go through this time of mourning.

Leticia said...

Yes, we lost a great patriot.

Z said...

the best patriot of the last thirty years for Republicans. I think America's lost a huge hero; only half of us are smart enough to realize it.
thanks for the mention, Leticia.
His wife's family are dear friends of mine and they're all grieving so much. His youngest of four children is only three! Please pray that this will bring his wife and children to Jesus Christ.

Right Truth said...

Sounds like a great read.

Right Truth

cube said...

Breitbart's passing is a great loss to his family, but it is also a loss to the conservative movement. He will be missed by many.

I read Bronte's "Jane Eyre" and several of Austen's, "Sense & Sensibility" and "Pride & Prejudice", during high school and my college years when I had more time to read.

I have very limited time nowadays to read so I try to focus on genres I prefer more than the classics or romance. However, if I win the Lottery... ;-)

dmarks said...

Breitbart came to town a couple of weeks ago. But I didn't see him. Now I really wish I had.

Breitbart is a true hero for going after the ACORN crime operation. Now that he is dead, look for his name to show up in future ACORN voter fraud schemes.

Leticia said...

OH,Z, I had no idea. I am so sorry. This hit you are harder than most of us. I have kept them in my prayers. The Conservative community is truly feeling the sorry and missing this wonderful man's presence. He was the real deal, a true Patriot through and through.

Thanks, Debbie. It was fun.

Cube, it's a sweet book. Now if I win the lottery! I would be going on some serious trips.

dmarks, don't feel bad. None of us know the future. We lost a great man and we are all feeling the loss. We must keep his family in our prayers.

Julie Klassen said...

Thanks for the great review, Leticia. Glad you enjoyed the book.

Ceska said...

I love historical romance novels! If your like me this novel will surpass your expectations easily. Aside from romance in a historical setting there is rebellion, mystery, intrigue, scandal, and charisma.

The characters are intriguing and there is more to each of them than meets the eye. I love that each character has a story behind them no matter how big or small. This really helped bring each and every one of them to life, and made the story come to life.
I will admit that at first I really despised the main character, Margaret Macy, because she seemed so spoiled and uppity. She had little sympathy for anyone other than herself, but at the same time I caught some glimpses her more gentler side which helped me soften towards her. I was drawn even closer to her when she was thrust into a humbled way of life. Due to her fleeing her home in order to escape her planned marriage under forced circumstances she not only had to serve as a maid, but she found compassion towards those she merely ordered around in her privileged life. It was quite refreshing to see her placed at the servants level because she began to see them as the people they are rather than merely household servants.
Despite his brusque beginning in the novel I felt a pull towards Nathaniel Upchurch. From Margaret's brief descriptions of him and their past with him being a suitor I could just tell there was more to him than met the eye. I couldn't wait to uncover more about him, and I wasn't disappointed.