What an enjoyable book! In it, Margaret Macy finds herself in a bit of a predicament. Her new step-father is after the inheritance she is set to collect when she turns 25. He is trying to convince her to marry his nephew so they can control the money. When things look desperate, she flees her home and finds herself acting as a maid named Nora in the home of two brothers she knows relatively well. One had proposed to her a few years prior, but she turned him down because she fancied his brother. Will anyone recognize her? Will she be able to remain hidden until her birthday? And most importantly will she learn anything by giving up her life of privilege and living a life of service?
This was a lovely story with well-defined and unique characters, focusing on relationships and personal growth. The settings were vividly described, and I feel as though I learned a little about life of servitude during this time period. I enjoyed following Nora/Margaret as she discovered who she really was and who her former beaus really were. There also was great character development in some of the minor characters. This is a well-written, fast-paced historical fiction with just the right amounts of romance and intrigue, memorable characters and a fun and interesting storyline. I would highly recommend it and I look forward to reading more by Julie Klassen. Click here to see my review of The Girl in the Gatehouse.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to Bethany House!