Friday, February 17, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

“The Maid of Fairbourne Hall” by Julie Klassen is set in London in 1815 and is about a young woman who is masquerading as someone else in order to escape a nasty fate. When Margaret Macy overhears her stepfather’s evil plan to get her to marry his nephew, she knows she has to flee in order to protect herself and her inheritance. Margaret, under a disguise and with the help of her maid Joan, leaves London in hopes of finding a safe haven until her next birthday when she will inherit a great sum of money. Margaret and Joan arrive in Maidstone and try to find work. Margaret is disguised as a maid and she is hired to work in a great manor house and takes on the name of Nora. She soon finds herself as a maid in her former suitor’s house. Nathaniel Upchurch loved Margaret once upon a time and proposed but she rejected him. Nathaniel has never been able to get over Margaret and he soon realizes that the new maid is the woman he loves. As time goes by, Margaret begins to realize her true feelings for Nathaniel but she cannot let him know who she truly is. Will Margaret finally be able to tell Nathaniel the truth? Will Nathaniel be able to move forward and forgive Margaret?

Julie Klassen has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her characters come to life and she makes you feel like you are living the story. I highly recommend this book and all of Julie Klassen’s other books as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Heart of Gold

In “Heart of Gold” by Robin Lee Hatcher, we meet southern belle Shannon Adair. Shannon and her father leave Virginia during the Civil War and head for Grand Coeur, Idaho. Shannon’s father is a preacher and he has been called to a new church in Grand Coeur. When they reach Idaho, Shannon is not impressed especially when she meets stagecoach driver, Matthew Dubois. Matthew works for Wells Fargo and has taken an office job in Grand Coeur in order to be with his sister and nephew, Alice and Todd. Matthew soon realizes his sister is sick and does not have long to live. Since Shannon wants something to do to keep her busy she offers to take care of Alice and look after Todd while Matthew works. Alice decides that Matthew will need a wife to help him raise Todd when she is gone and she is determined that Shannon is the right woman. Soon Shannon and Matthew realize they were wrong about each other and begin to like each other and eventually their feelings deepen. After Shannon hears that Matthew only wants to marry her in order to gain a mother for Todd, she calls off the wedding. Will Matthew be able to win Shannon back or will it be too late?

This book was a quick and easy read. At times it was sad because we know that Alice will not live long but that is what made it so good. Life is not always fun and humorous and this book is an example of what people face in real life and how important God is during those tough times. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.