I kept seeing the cover of this book advertised on Facebook and upon reading the blurb on the back I knew I wanted this book! Imagine my surprise when I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from the author! I can tell you, it did not disappoint!! This book was everything that I expected and more. The grand estate is portrayed beautifully and I just wanted to go visit it and wander through the rooms! Julia, the heroine, is a missionary kid who is forced to go to work to support her parents. Her heart is still in India, but is quickly turning to the hero, Sir William Ramsey. However, their backgrounds and difficulties in their present life make it extremely unlikely that anything could ever come of their common attraction! I loved reading this book and would recommend it highly to all my friends!
This book was a gift from Carrie Turansky. My opinions, however, are my own!
I absolutely loved this book. It reminded me of Downton Abbey because of the time period and the way High class lived and then the servants. What I really loved is the way Julia trusted the Lord and sought to live for Him. Even when she failed as we all will, she knew to ask for forgiveness and seek to live right a goal everyone of us should have as Christians. I can not wait to read the second book when it comes out this fall.
A good read. It really did remind me of Downton Abbey, as it focuses (obviously) on a governess. Some of the scenes with the maids and other servants were very much like in Downton Abbey. The governess side of things had some definite similarities to Jane Eyre as well. All in all, good for a one time read, but not a book I'd buy.
Carrie Turansky penned a beautiful love story when she wrote the first novel in the Edwardian Bride series. In this novel, Julia Foster is looking for a supplemental income to help her family make ends meet while her father is ill. Her parents and her were missionaries in India, and due to her father's health, they had to return to England. As he struggles to become more healthy, Julia's heart is still in India. However, she is willing to take on a governess position while she waits to return to the missionary field. As she works her way into the hearts of the children at Highland Hall - Andrew and Millie, as well as their older cousins Kathrine and Penelope - Julia finds that her heart is always being filled with love for Andrew and Millie's widowed father.
William lost his wife a few years ago, and has slowly withdrawn himself from his children. He has left their care to the house manager and the nursery maid. He is unable to keep a governess employed for more than a fleeting moment. When Julia applies for the position of governess, he sees the potential she might bring and offers her a 1 month trial. However, there are many people who are unhappy with her upbeat spirit and independent thinking. As the financial state of Highland Hall teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, as the staff employed at the Hall engage in secret romances -including William's own sister, Sarah - and as Julia's father's health fails, a second chance at love and remarriage remains a dream away for William.
This is a great read for anyone interested in turn of the century British romance. The reader will fall in love with Julia and her patient ways, as well as be silently cheering for William to just open his up and see what a precious gift he has in front of him in his children and their governess. As the story weaves in and through the characters, Turansky's love story catches the heart of the reader, and they are unable to put the book down.
I received this book from Water Brook Multnomah and am not being compensated for my review.
This book was a fun read that timed perfectly with the season premiere of Downton Abbey for us here in America. The Governess of Highland Hall is a book very reminiscent in style, period and tone as Upstairs, Downstairs or Downton Abbey. One important difference is the biblical world view both in the behavior of the characters and in their thoughts.
The main character, Julia, is a new governess for a wealthy family that lives in a beautiful mansion. She brings her experience as a missionary in India as well as a strong family foundation of truth and grace. Her employer, Sir William, has a jaded and sceptical view of the world and relationships due to being cruelly betrayed by his late wife, despite his outward dedication to scripture. As Julia settles into her role, her strong views of God's grace and redemption confront William.
I enjoyed the setting and description in The Governess of Highland Hall along with the Julia's strong character and her reluctance to do anything that would compromise her. One thing that bothered me was the actual similarity to Downton Abbey. I found myself picturing the television characters and wondering if this author wrote this book while watching Downton. It might just be influence but that did take away from the enjoyment a bit. Too predictable, too common. That said, it was a quick, fun read and I will likely read the next one in the series. Being a bit obsessed with all things England, it fit into that niche perfectly.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.