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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

I just finished a delightful novel.  It is the first book in the Edwardian Brides series called The Governess of Highland Hall written by Carrie Turansky.  This is the first book I have read by this author and I would definitely pick up another of her books.  Below you'll find a description of the book, my review and the book trailer.

From the Back of the Book:

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?
Book Trailer:

My Review:
Julia Foster is a very likeable character.  She handles herself well, and isn't afraid to speak her mind.  I liked the connection with missions in this story since I am a missionary kid, and I appreciated what Julia said concerning the hard times she faced while on the mission field in India.  She said, "We have a choice to make when trouble comes.  We can read out to God and look to Him for strength and help, or we can doubt His love and purpose and allow our hearts to grow cold.  It takes faith to believe He can and will bring good out of those trials if we will only trust Him." (loc. 3210 in e-book)  Sir William Ramsey is definitely moody, although with all he has been through, his moodiness is expected.  His character is definitely more reserved and contemplative.  I think Carrie did a great job making the characters come to life.  There are those who you cheer on and other you just want to duct tape their mouths.  :)  It was an engaging story that I would definitely recommend to those who love Downton Abby and the Jane Austen era. 

***I received this free e-book from Waterbrook Multnomah's blogging program Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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