Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall

by Carrie Turansky
Multnomah Books

Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help? 

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?

My Review:

I know I keep saying books are absolutely wonderful - and they really are!! This one was no exception. As a fan of Downtown Abbey, I was an instant fan of the upstairs/downstairs drama and hierarchy. Julia goes from being a missionary to a prim and proper governess for the English nobility, and being neither family nor servant puts her in a very unique position. Add to the mix a widower (of course!) that is over his head raising not only his two children, but his cousin's as well, when Julia comes to his aid. 

The Edwardian time period is a favorite of mine, and I loved the imaginary of a beautiful country estate that is approaching ruin. The story is exquisitely woven by Turansky, and everything about this novel will appeal to fans of a clean romance and historical fiction. The themes of following and submitting to God's will were, of course, the best part; and it all comes together for a spectacular story. 

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