Wednesday, April 18, 2012
On My Nightstand - The Maid of Fairbourne Hall - Julie Klassen
When Margaret Macy feels threatened by her stepfather and his nephew, she flees to another town. There she finds work as a maid for a wealthy family in spite of her lack of qualifications. She's totally shocked when she discovers it's the home of her former beau.
Nathaniel Upchurch returns from the family plantation in Barbados a new man. With a stronger relationship with the Lord and convictions against slavery, he's prepared to tackle the mess his brother has made of the finances. The one area that still causes him pain is the rejection he suffered at the hands of the beautiful Miss Macy.
The young woman's schemes to evade her stepfather, maintain her disguise, and survive until she comes into her inheritance takes some hair-raising twists and turns. I couldn't imagine how it would all work out, but the author did a great job.
Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors. Her descriptions of the countryside, knowledge of local customs, and vivid characters all held my interest.
If I were to give out stars, this one would get 5. I never hesitate to pick up one of her well-written stories.
Writers & Readers: Have you read any of Julie's books? Which one was your favorite and why?