the Governess of Highland Hall
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 15th 2013
Back Cover Synopsis:
Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.
Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.
While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?
I truly enjoyed this book. This was the first time that I have read a novel by Carrie Turansky and I am very pleased with the way that she presented this story. As the protagonist, Julia was a breath of fresh air. I liked that she was both intelligent, witty and humble. She was aware of her own faults and strove to love everyone equally through the eyes of Christ. I also loved how her strength and vulnerability as a person and a woman showed on her sleeves, she was in many ways afraid to love again fearing abandonment but it was sweet how she and William fell in love with each other without knowing it.
I often felt like this story was a mix of the Sound of Music and Pride and Prejudice with just enough conflict to make it its own tale. This novel was fun, and heart-tugging as it was full of broken people who found a way to learn to love again and it was truly a pleasure seeing them grow a mature.
I am aware that this is the first book in the Edwardian Bride Series and I hope that each of the young ladies featured in this novel will get their chance at finding love. With so many side characters I can’t wait to see who’s story is picked up next.
About the Author
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of nearly a dozen novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweethearts and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award and the International Digital Award. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.