What a great read! The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, by Julie Klassen, was a wonderful book from beginning to the end. I fell in love with Margaret early on and was pulling for her all the way. Talk about a strong woman! With so many obstacles, I never lost faith in her.
The setting of this book made me think of my English ancestors. What did they do for a living? Were they ever in a similar situation? Sometimes I wish I knew . . . Since I'll never find out, I tried to imagine one of them as one of the characters in this novel - Mrs. Budgeon, for instance. Who knows? She could have been one of my relatives.
If you're looking for good novels, in the style of Jane Austen, you should give Julie's books a try. She's an excellent writer.