The Governess of Highland Hall, while about the elite and those who serve them, was probably the most relatable book I’ve read in quite a while. It wasn’t full of twist and turns and spine-tingling, back-stabbing drama. But that’s fine by me. This book wasn’t a formula romance. It didn’t fit into a nice little package wrapped up with a perfect little bow. And I’m glad! It was a story that I lingered over, like a hot slice of flaky, bubbly peach pie.
The heroine is a former missionary turned governess. Julia’s faith and her character stood out most to me in this story. She responded to situations in a Godly manner and gave others grace when they didn’t behave that way. She saw the difference between having head knowledge about God and having a heart relationship with him. She guided those around her in a “Titus 2” kind of way and helped them see for themselves the goodness of God. I think this is much the way the author, Carrie Turansky, lives her life as a pastor’s wife.
The hero in this story, William, who is a wealthy young widower who inherited a struggling estate, believes in God. He’s been lied to and cheated on in the past though and that keeps him bitter and prevents him from opening his heart to his children, his wards, his employees, and to Julia. While this book had romance in it, it didn’t solely focus on the romance. It proved that there is more to life and to people than who they might be attracted to. Julia was not a selfish woman. Her desire was to help her parents financially while on break from their missionary work in India. Through that desire, she continued to do missionary work as a governess and to cause life change in those around her. Turansky has a unique way of weaving character’s lives together. She took Julia and sprinkled a little of her into each and every one of the characters in this book. By the end, it was clear that Julia had influenced them all. It’s a lesson in how we should live our lives. With intention. With purpose. Always looking for ways to help and to bless others. A great lesson for us all!
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?
CARRIE TURANSKY is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweetheart and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. Carrie has been writing since 1999, and has published several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction, however, is her passion, and she’s thankful for the creative ideas and characters God has put into her mind and heart. The Governess of Highland Hall, will be released in October 2013. Two more novels in the “Edwardian Brides Series” will follow in 2014 and 2015.
I received this book from BloggingForBooks and the publisher. All thoughts expressed in my review are my own, honest and unbiased. I was not paid to write this review.