The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen | “Downton Abbey” & Kindle Fire Giveaway, Facebook Party and Blog Tour

Welcome to the campaign for Julie Klassen’s latest Regency novel.

Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating belowstairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving. To celebrate Julie has teamed up with her publisher, Bethany House, for a fun Kindle Fire giveaway, Facebook Party (where you could win a Downton Abbey prize pack) and blog tour. Details below.

{More about The Maid of Fairbourne Hall}

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?

Julie Klassen

{More About Julie Klassen}

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 is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Find out more about Julie at http://www.julieklassen.com/.

RSVP for Author Chat Party and enter to win a KINDLE Fire!

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. Winner will be announced at Julie’s “Fairbourne Hall” Facebook Party on 3/15 . Julie will be hosting an evening of chat, trivia and a sneak peek at her next book – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes:gift certificates, books, and a Downton Abbey Prize Pack (Season 1 & 2)!

So grab your copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and join Julie and friends on the evening of March 15th for an evening of fun.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 15th!

Buzz

The critics agree, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is a superb read:

Christy winner Klassen mines another gem of a story from the rich Regency vein. In a tale of disguise and transformation with echoes of The Prince and the Pauper…Margaret’s character and judgment are enriched as she works for a living. The upstairs-downstairs dynamic of the upper and serving classes puts meat on the story’s bones. The reliable Klassen has produced a well-realized genre winner in which Christian elements are subtle and historically appropriate.” —Publishers Weekly, about The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Romance, mystery and secrets…. Klassen always brings freshness to her stories. Some Regency-era novels have stuffy, hands-off characters, but her characters are warm, witty and have style…” —Romantic Times, 4.5 stars for The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Reviews

2/23

Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Books This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel.

Mary’s Cup of Tea Margaret will become your “new” best heroine.

Melaine @ Christian Book Reviews Author Interview

2/24

Jami’s Reviews The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen is like reading a classic! Love Jane Eyre ? Like Jane Austen? This book will remind you of those types of classics. Klassen did her homework–this novel, taking place in early-1800s England is written so well that I could almost picture myself beside the characters.

2/25

Valentina at Carabosse’s Library The writing is precise, with a good command of pacing.

Jessica at A New Leaf I cannot say enough how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I raved about it so much to my husband that he asked if he should read it too.

Nise’ at Under the Boardwalk Julie does such a fantastic job with the historical detail you will be sucked into the lives of these characters.

2/27

Brenda at WV Stitcher I really enjoyed the characters in this story and found the plot entertaining. It was easy to see the author did her research about this time period and easily allowed the reader to glimpse the way people lived during that time.

Alexandra at Poisoned Rationality Don’t miss the perfect blend of Regency-era romance and mystery in The Maid of Fairbourne Hall!

2/28

Kari at Alas 3 Lads The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is a fun read…an intriguing plot full of colorful characters.

Megan at Hardcover Feedback The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is a masterfully woven novel that drew me in from the first sentence, and didn’t let me go until the conclusion.

Tammi at Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage The writing is impeccable, drawing the reader into each scene, and conversation. I loved Julie’s descriptions of each scene, they were so well written that even now I can see Fairbourne Hall and her rooms.

2/29

Mindy at A Room without Books is Empty

The Attic Girl  This story had me hooked from the first few pages.

Lori at Morning Glories and Moonflowers If you love Downton Abbey you will love The Maid of Fairbourne Hall!

3/1

Theresa at Just One More Paragraph The Maid of Fairbourne Hall will transport the reader back in a time where servants were never to be seen and barely ever thought of as a person with feelings. With extremely well developed characters, one will forget this is a work of fiction and be swept away into a world of Upstairs/Downstairs.

Mollie at The Gandy’s Home Base My first Julie Klassen novel ever, and I must say I am hooked! I loved the way her words painted pictures in my mind, how I could feel the pain of Nora’s raw hands, the ache of her back, the pain of rejecting and the fear she felt. Not only did Julie paint a great romance story, she intertwined a murder thrill as well!

Danielle at The Happy Wife I loved this book.

Vic’s Media Room Ms. Klassen does a wonderful job of transporting back to that time with her vivid descriptions of clothing, language and wonderful characters. This is a fine read and a wonderful romance.

Leticia at My Daily Trek A very enjoyable book.

3/2

Athena at Our Crazy Life The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is filled with all sorts of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing what is coming up on the next page. From the upstairs life of the privileged to the downstairs life of the servants, Ms. Klassen has woven an incredible story – even better than an episode of Downton Abbey!

Gina at Gypsy Mama Logs

Karla at Quiet Quilter Julie has outdone herself by writing another winning novel, using her talents of creating characters who are engaging and full of mystery and intrigue. The characters are well described and so alive, they become part of you. You can feel the adventure and hardships that each goes through. She capably includes mystery and danger into the plot, while developing a romantic theme throughout the book, in fact, there is more than one romance alive in this story.

3/3

Ruth at My Devotional Thoughts I absolutely loved this book, and I have given it a definite 5-star rating. This book was incredibly well-written, and the story line never lagged. I have never read anything by Julie Klassen, but I am definitely placing her on my list of favorite authors.

Kristie at Moments Don’t miss the perfect blend of Regency-era romance and mystery inThe Maid of Fairbourne Hall!

Aizess at Christian Book Review Blog The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was a delightful read. It thrust me right into the story during the first page and did not let me go until I turned the last page. I would have to say that my favorite part of the book was all the rich details given on the life of a servant. Julie did a wonderful job of placing me there in the story with Margaret as she cleaned her first chamber pot and learned the names of the different types of cleaning brushes.

LaTawnia Kintz Reviews Julie wrote a wonderful book that kept me intrigued and hopeful and rooting for Margaret.

3/5

Vera at Luxury Reading The Maid of Fairbourne Hall was an enjoyable read that will appeal to fans of pleasant, clean historical fiction.

Karen’s Korner Her characters are so believable.

Whitney at Rambles of a Sahm I enjoyed the way Julie gave us a window into the world of the gentry and also the world of the servants. Her descriptions had the ability to conjure up pictures in your head of places that most of us have never been. It was fascinating to follow Margaret as she transformed herself from a lady to the servant Nora.

Maopa at Luscious Deals I read this book in a couple of hours. I really enjoyed  the characters and learning about how the everything was run belowstairs quarters in a manor. I didn’t want the story to end.

Kate at Books, Baking & Beyond I was captivated by this novel from the very beginning. The depth of historical detail is fascinating, and the characters are so well-developed that I felt connected to each of them and didn’t want to let go when I turned the last page!

3/6

Lisa at A Casual Reader’s Blog This book is very fun and fairly quick to read. I found myself quickly absorbed in the story.

Crystal at Cinnamon Hollow  …it is a great romance with a little bit of action and danger along with a healthy dose of life lessons. I really enjoyed The Maid of Fairbourne Hall.

Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews 
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The twists, turns and suspense in this book will keep you on edge as you flee right along with Margaret, be ready for a thrilling journey back in time with The Maid of Fairbourne Hall!

Alexia at The Mommy Rambles Going below-stairs with Margaret was fascinating and I was just as caught up in the life of a servant as I was with Margaret and her new challenges! I fell in love with all the characters in Margaret’s new life, including Nathaniel and his sister. I have to say that this is one of Julie’s best novels yet and I can’t wait to see what other fantastic books she has waiting for us!

Stacie at Hobbit Door It was so fun to read a new and different story line set in this era. This is not the same old story line. I especially enjoyed the glimpse into the lives of servants during this era. It was quite enthralling.

3/7

Courtney’s Chitter Chatter Julie Klassen sure knows how to write GREAT stories!! I instantly fell in love with the Maid of Fairbourne Hall from the very first chapters!!

Reviews By Erin Julie Klassen’s latest Regency Romance had me from the first sentence.

Nicole at To the heart of history This novel was one of the highlights of my past week. It was the perfect escape. The perfect story with the perfect amount of romance and intrigue. Thank you, Julie! I needed this one.

3/8

Deborah at A Bookish Libraria~The Bookish Dame Reviews I was shocked, actually, to find out how much I loved this book.  The characters were so well-defined and engaging they were hard to resist.

Tami at This Mom’s Delight Read the book!

Kemi at Homemaking Organized Blog I thoroughly enjoyed The Maid of Fairbourne Hall!

Holly at Shelf Life The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is definitely an intriguing story and I certainly recommend it–especially to those who love regency romances.

Sheila at Showcase Sisters “The Maid of Fairbourne Hall” is a wonderfully written book full of romance, suspense and a bit of intrigue thrown in! Once you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down.

Nicole at Book Nook Club I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was so clever and well written.

3/9

Donna at Books and Such What a wonderful story of hope and love. I really enjoyed reading the book because the story line was interesting and the characters realistic.

Book Reviews by Renae In fact, even with high expectations I was pleasantly surprised at the heart changes of the characters as they progressed through the story. At no moment was this plot stagnant.

Erin’s Fiction Tidbits If you love Downton Abbey, you will love The Maid of Fairbourne Hall.  I promise.

Carrie at Farming On Faith I really enjoyed this book.

3/12

Mandie at Mommy Reads too Much The characters are rich! I have to say I am now a HUGE fan of Julie Klassen!!

Sarah at Growing for Christ I felt like I could see the sounds of a maid’s life, feel the skin drying with the constant daily washings, the smells of emptying the slops (I’ll let you figure that one out) – Julie Klassen makes the reader feel like they are in the book.

Alena at Little Bit Of Wonderful Written in a style reminiscent of the glorious novels by Jane Austen, this book will sweep you away to a time when women could do nothing without the consent of the men in their lives, when servants stood nose-to-wall as their employers passed and lived in cold, drafty attics, and when finding love was deemed far less important that securing wealth and title for family legacy.

Christine at The IE Mommy This was a fantastic book. The author really has a way of drawing you in to experience life as a maid with Miss Margaret Macy. She sees it all from a different perspective than she’s used to and learns many things in the process.

3/13

Michelle at Healing Hearts book review blog The way the author has developed the story is believable and intriguing.

Maureen’s Musings Don’t miss this one, reminiscent of old England and some of its glory!

Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood There is romance, scandal, intrigue, and a memorable cast of characters (including a poetry spouting pirate!).

Jodie at Digging For Pearls I found The Maid of Fairbourne Hall to be a delightful read, and one I highly recommend.

Patty at Broken Teepee This was an enjoyable book of love lost and found.

3/14

Alicia at Surrendering All of Me The author did a great job writing this story. Not once did you wish to abandon this book, you actually want the story to go on. The romance was clean, and fresh nothing redundant. The action in the book was breathtaking, the emotions strung high, the suspense was thrilling, making this a complete package for an awesome read.

Patricia at It’s Time To Read Mamaw It is said that the author’s writing is comparable to that of Jane Austen’s and I whole heartily agree.

Book Reviews By Jenny Julie always manages to re-create this period of time perfectly and this book is no exception!

Karla at Ramblin’ Roads I really appreciated how the heroine stepped up to the plate and did what she needed to do, and grew in the process.

Shari at The Knit Wit by Shair It is a good reminder not to judge others too quickly, and learn the heart of a person before deciding what a person is really like.

Lindsay at Live To Read This story was hard to put down. I loved the minor characters. Their pride in their positions and kindness toward one another were heartwarming.

3/15

Celena at The Traveling Sisterhood Julie Klassen’s “The Maid of Fairbourne Hall” is not only written exceedingly well, but it’s a gem of a book.  My only reservation is that it’s so hard to put down!

Patricia at Dream a little dream  Her meticulous historical research allows readers to discover the very fabric of the lives of the many men and women employed to run a large house smoothly. At times quaint, other even stark reality, Jule Klassen’s colourful descriptions opens a little window on those bygone days!

Dana at Because I Said So Filled with suspense and some romance, this is a nice story to read.

Lisa at Heritage Homestead and Homeschool Academy This exciting novel is full of adventure, danger, and romance. I stayed up way too late, absorbing each page, caught up in Margaret’s story. I love how, in the telling of this romance; the redemptive nature of God’s grace, how He can change us in brokenness, and how His mercy endures shines through the story.

Tiffany at A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is a fast paced, thrilling and romantic read.  I found myself glued to the pages, totally submerged in the story and miles away from life going on around me.

3/16

April’s Lifestyle Show The upper crust living and the lower crust is woven into a dynamic story, this author once again had me unable to put the book down.