The Bachelor - Ben returns

Monday, January 2, 2012

Well another season of ABC'S The Bachelor has returned and with it is Ben Flajnik, he took a gamble on last season's The Bachelorette and proposed to Ashley and was turned down. This time he's in the driver's seat. Tonight 25 women arrived, one with her Gramma. Yes! Brittany brought her Gramma with her, because she knew Ben was a family man and she wanted him to meet her Grandmother. Boy, did that get all the girls talking. If that wasn't enough one entered in on a horse . . . Lindzi. We had drama, set off by Jenna who asked Monica if she was in "to" Ben, that didn't go over well with Monica and then she went and snuggled on the couch with another one of the girls. Wasn't good. Jenna ended up in the bathroom bawling just before the rose ceremony and surprisingly Ben kept her. WEIRD! After being in the bathroom for 15 minutes at least she looked like she just got out of bed. It's going to be another season of high energy drama!

CFBA The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
Bethany House (January 1, 2012)
Julie Klassen


Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now writes full time. Two of her books, The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Silent Governess won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards.

She graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoys travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. Julie and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.


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."

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, go HERE
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