The governess of Highland Hall
By Carrie Turansky
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
Book Description from back cover:
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?
Julia Foster is confident in not only her abilities, but she also has a heart to use them to help others. When her father becomes ill, and they have to return to England, taking a job as a governess puts her into a whole new world.
I assumed when I began this book that it was set in the regular Regency era time period, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was set in the early 1900’s.
There were many twists and turns in the story; the small romantic intrigues between secondary characters will have you wondering about a second book. The author does a wonderful job of weaving this tale in a way that will capture your interest, your heart and want to not get up until you have finished it.
Ms. Turansky has taken the details of the Regency era, and captured the picture of what England was like in the early 1900’s.
I found myself intrigued by the discipline it would require to be a governess, learning the in’s and out’s of fitting into a household when you, in the past, have not been effected by status. I found it interesting how the inheritance laws still affected women in different ways, depending on their status as well. I am interested in learning more about that.
This book is a worthwhile read for anyone that enjoys historical fiction, but especially English fiction. The crisp details will delight your senses! I highly recommend you check it out!
There are a couple of giveaway options available!!
On the Author’s blog- http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/governesslaunch/