About the Book
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 wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of “serve one another in love.”
Julie Klassen’s books are the Christian inspirational book equivalent to a delicious BBC period drama mini series. Renowned for her meticulous attention to detail and ability to transport readers through her eloquent descriptions to the enchanting world of regency society. Her latest book portrays both extremes of the social spectrum in a manner reflective my latest television addiction, Downton Abbey. I loved that readers experience the lives of the servants and the masters through an intermediary who fully belongs to neither world.
The action in this book ebbed and flowed alternating its pace from a leisurely stroll to a galloping hurdle race. There was no lack in intrigue, drama or mystery punctuated by palpable chemistry between the main characters. I love how Klassen eases reader into Nathaniel and Margaret’s mystery and offers just enough of a sampling to keep readers hungry for more. Margaret’s naiveté and sheltered life could not be more apparent than when she assumes that a costume wig, spectacles and a muddled imitation of an accent will keep her anonymously absconded in the home of two former suitors. I was surprised that it took Nathaniel as long as it did to discover her, although I love the tension that this created when he kept this knowledge to himself. The reveal is a heart pounding and goose bump inciting climax that leaves readers feeling content.
A completely satisfying read perfect for lazy afternoons sipping tea to be followed by a Downton Abbey marathon.
**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group**