Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Book Description:  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 Thoughts:  The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky is one of those reads that captures the reader's attention from page one.  
Julia Foster is a sweet, kind young woman with character and creativity.  So, when things don't go "right"  for her family, for they must leave the mission field, Julia takes a position as a governess at Highland Hall.
Sir William is the caretaker/parent of his deceased cousin's two teenage girls.  How does a single man care for two teenage girls?  Well, this is where Julia comes in.  However, Mrs. Emmitt does not want a governess for the two girls and tries to get rid of Julia.  Lies and deceit!
Sir William just wants a governess who can handle the girls and doesn't want to get involved with the lady!  But Julia has a stubborn streak and won't back down!  Ahh!  Some intrigue and mystery surrounding both Sir William and Julia!
I loved Jane Eyre and this book reminds a little of that story . . . . a governess, a man of means and romance.
A Christian romance that promotes biblical character, somewhat like Joseph when Potiphar's wife lied about him.  
A sweet, engaging story that is quite well written!
*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (October 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English

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