The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen is fun, light romance and a pleasant way to spend a lazy afternoon. I enjoyed reading about life below stairs for the servant class, the setting reminded me a little of Deeanne Gist's Maid to Match in that way.
The plot line requires some suspension of disbelief. Margaret seems to think a pair of spectacles, a wig, and an inconsistent accent are enough to disguise her from the man who once proposed. But she's not fooling Nathaniel (and how she ever fools herself is the unbelievable part).
Like Nathaniel, the reader waits to see how Margaret's little charade will play out, amused by the process along the way. And the payoff is worth the buildup, because sparks fly when Nathaniel finally confronts his former flame with the truth.
Fans of historical romance can't go wrong with Julie Klassen, she delivers every time.
Want more info? Here's the book blurb:
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 well born lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of "serve one another in love."
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, go HERE