The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

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    Carrie Turansky did an excellent job with this historical romance book by combining faith and love together with unforgettable characters. 

    Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, 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 ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected.

    Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin’s two teenage girls, William Ramsey is consumed with saving the estate from 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.

    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?

    Review by Deb Wilson:

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    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.

    Review by Amazon Customer:

    The Governess of Highland Hall is set in early 1900’s England where Julia Foster is hired as a Governess for Sir William Ramsey’s two children as well as his deceased cousin’s two teenage girls. Julia applied for this position upon returning from India where she had worked along side her parents as a Missionary. When her father became ill, the family needed to return to England and Julia accepted the Governess position to help support her parents.

    Julia quickly finds out that Sir William is quite moody and does not tolerate any type of relationships between the help and most certainly not between social classes. She also discovers that the children are quite ill mannered but soon learns that they just need to be shown some love and affection. Sir William is so consumed with worrying about the financial state of Highland Hall that he spends little time with the children which Julia tries to correct.

    While Julia cares for the children, her heart begins to feel something toward Sir William too. She tries to ignore her feelings because of the differences in their social standings. Is it possible Sir William could have feelings for her too?

    Add to the mix Sir William’s sister, Sarah, who is learning to be Lady of Highland Hall with some help from Julia and a scoundrel brother who comes for a visit.

    I loved the description of Highland Hall and all of the characters as it made it completely real for me. I could actually see each of them in the rooms described. I had a couple of “oh my gosh” moments while reading this book and could not put it down until I finished it. Fans of Downton Abbey will love this book and will relate to the setting. For the most part, I only read Christian fiction and Carrie Turansky did an excellent job with this historical romance book by combining faith and love together with unforgettable characters. I highly recommend this book!