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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Klassen Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781464038563
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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?

Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating belowstairs world of a nineteenth-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The reliable Klassen has produced a well-realized genre winner in which Christian elements are subtle and historically appropriate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Christy Award winner and RITA nominee Klassen delivers another impeccably crafted romance rich in fascinating details about life both upstairs and downstairs in a country estate. An excellent choice for fans of faith-based fiction and readers who miss traditional Regency romances.”


  • Winner of the 2012 Christy Award for Historical Romance

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 English Lady | 11/9/2016

    " I'm already a fan of Julie Klassen, but I am trying to get through some of her early books (The Tutor's Dauughter was the first one I read, and then the ones after it). This one had an interesting premise, and although some people found the details boring, I liked the parts about the day to day life of servants and thier roles. The details about the Slave Trade and situation in Barbados were also interesting for background. I tend to think novels like this should have a British narrator, and this one did, so it worked well. She did not speak in monotone, and managed the different accents and styles of speech very well. A good read from one of my favourite Regency authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kuks | 3/29/2016

    " I am a big fan of julie klassen. And so far her books have not yet dissapointed. She goes into detail of everyday life and leaves you feeling like you were really there with the characters. Though its not as dramatic as her other books it is however a lovely read. Naration is on point and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kath | 2/15/2014

    " This was actually really good. The writing was amazing and our main protagonist develops in character exceedingly well throughout the story. Set in the 1800's it was interesting to learn about how people lived in the time, servants and gentry alike. Great historical fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 2/10/2014

    " It was a little slow at first, but I heart regency romance!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 2/8/2014

    " I loved this book. My favorite Julie Klassen novel so far. She always does an amazing job with her descriptions of characters, situations and absolutely everything. She makes you feel as if you are there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/5/2014

    " Although I'm not a huge fan of historical romance, I actually found this book to 1) hold my interest, and 2) be a fun read. Probably wouldn't have picked it up on the shelf (especially when looking at the cover -- blech!), but my book group received it as a free book. I give it between a 3.5-4.0. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey (which I am), then you will enjoy this book. It has a bit of everything you would expect in a novel set in 19th C England --- intrigue, disguises, duels, pirates, honor, manners, chivalry, love, etc. It was nice that so much of the story revolved around the lives of the wait staff, who knew about everything going on! A fun book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryal | 2/2/2014

    " I love Julie Klassen books. She is an outstanding author. Once again, I love the romance and the period of time it occurred in. Everyone I know has finished it in two or three days. I can't believe I have to wait another year or two for another one to come out....dangit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/1/2014

    " I loved, loved, this book! This is one I'd give 10 stars if I could! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clockstein Lockstein | 1/30/2014

    " The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen is another stellar historical romance in the author's quiver. Margaret Macy is a spoiled young woman in Regency England until her mother marries a man who is determined to get his hands on the inheritance Margaret will receive on her twenty-fifth birthday. That date is only three months away, and the stepfather is applying pressure to his nephew to compromise Margaret, forcing a marriage between them and allowing him access to the funds. She is determined to escape his influence and flees the house dressed as a maid. Through a series of errors, she finds herself employed as a housemaid at the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, the man whose heart she broke years ago when she turned down his marriage proposal. Nathaniel has returned from his time in Barbados a changed man, but he still can't get Margaret off his mind. Margaret, Nora in her new position, just has to stay incognito for three months to claim her fortune, but her stepfather is taking extreme steps to find her. Klassen writes thoroughly compelling historical romances that are far more than that label could explain. But her real talent lies in creating characters that the reader comes to care about. I was sad at the end of the story because I knew I wouldn't be spending time anymore with Nathaniel, Margaret, Betty, Helen, and the rest. Each person feels real and alive, and despite the implausibility of the plot, Klassen's characterizations make the reader believe in it. I don't know what I'm going to do until Klassen's next book comes out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/19/2014

    " My new favorite Klassen novel. Right up there with The Apothecary's Daughter. Convincing characters, great upstairs/downstairs dynamic, and interesting plot. Good for Downton Abbey withdrawal... ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 12/26/2013

    " A sweet story of how a girl turned into woman through her understanding of what is real and what is not. A bit of romance in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/18/2013

    " I have decided she is one of my top 5 favorite authors!!! My poor family - I went AWOL for a couple of days reading this :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/12/2013

    " It was cute and clean. Predictable. Sometimes I just like a bit of fluff. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elisha | 12/8/2013

    " Ahhhh, I never get tired of reading books set in England in the 1800s. Is the book predictable? Yes. Do I care? No. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 11/11/2013

    " A passable romance with a moderately good plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari Garrett | 11/10/2013

    " I loved, loved, LOVED this book! It has a Jane Austen feel, yet much easier to read. I couldn't put it down1 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 4/30/2013

    " One of my favorites by this author, I think. I liked the character development and of course, the romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/20/2013

    " Perfect book to follow my mourning of Downton Abbey Season 3! I will definitely read some of the author's other books too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/8/2013

    " I did like the story. I liked that the backstory was explained well, and how we come to see our Heroine's life and attitude change. An enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chesney Chadwick | 12/15/2012

    " Cute read. I love the romance between the characters of course! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 8/7/2012

    " One of my favorites of hers so far, especially coming on the tails of Downton Abbey. "

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About the Author
Author Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen is a three­-time Christy Award winner and RITA Award finalist and loves all things Jane: Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and worked in publishing for sixteen years. She now writes full time.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Jasicki is an actress, voice-over artist, and narrator of audiobooks. She is known for her role in the film Merry Christmas and her performance in the critically-acclaimed video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony. She has narrated numerous audiobooks, including How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling and The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen.