THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL
There is romance, mystery and secrets in this Regency novel. Klassen always brings freshness to her stories. Some Regency-era novels have stuffy, hands-off English characters, but her characters are warm, witty and have style.
Margaret Macy is a pampered young miss who is being pressured to marry a man who is dishonorable, but no one sees this but her. She flees and lands as a housemaid in the home of a former suitor of hers. Since she’s wearing a wig and dressed as a maid, he does not recognize her at first. Nathaniel Upchurch suspects there is something off about the new housemaid, but his sister seems satisfied with her work. But when he has a visitor at his house asking him if he has seen Margaret, he realizes she is hiding herself for a reason, and decides not to say anything until he can figure out a way to help her. (BETHANY HOUSE, Jan., 400 pp., $14.99)