The Governess of Highland Hall***** by Carrie Turansky
Missionary Julia Foster and her missionary parents return from India due to her father's illness. Not sure when or if they will be returning to the mission field in India, Julia applies for a position at Highland Hall as a nanny. She soon learns that the children in her charge are ill-mannered and a challenge. With her love for children coupled with prayer Julia soon has the two youngest children becoming well-mannered children. However, the two teenage girls are a much tougher challenge.
Widower Sir William Ramsey must find a new nanny for his two young children, Millie and Andrew, and the two teenage girls, Katherine and Penelope, of his deceased cousin, whom he is now the guardian of. He hires Julia on a trial bases to see if she and the children will be a good fit. Having a nanny helps as he is preoccupied with the financial situation of Highland Hall and saving it.
The Governess of Highland Hall is a historical romance set in England between 1911-1912. It reminds me of Downton Abby with the up-stairs staff, down-stairs staff and how the wealthy lived. We see that even though they are wealthy, they experience the same challenges as anyone else. One of these challenges comes in the form of Lady Louisa Gatewood, aunt of Katherine and Penny. She was not one of my favorite characters but added a lot of drama to the story, you never knew what she would do nexta very unhappy woman. I loved Julia, William, his sister Sarah, Millie and Andrew. Katherine is kinda bratty and her sister Penny follows along with whatever Katherine says. There are family conflicts and estrangements, lying, betrayal, forgiveness, strong faith, love and unexpected danger and events that keep you turning page after page. I enjoyed this story so much and look forward to reading the second book, The Daughter of Highland Hall.
I REALLY enjoyed this story about missionary Julia Foster and recent estate baronet of Highland Hall, Sir William and read it in two days, not wishing to put it down. The quote on the cover from another excellent author, Julie Klassen, really captures my feelings: There is much to like about The Governesss of Highland Hall: A sweet, noble heroine, a proud, yet vulnerable hero, and a Downton Abbey inspired setting. Interestingly, I had not read that quote until after finishing the book, yet I found myself envisioning a Downton Abbey setting along with similar characters Mr. Lawrence as Mr. Carson, a cranky version of Mrs. Patmore who is I pictured for Mrs. Emmitt based on description, rather than Mrs. Hughes.
Opening in 1911, Berkshire England, Julia is on her way to interview for a governess job so she will have money to take care of her parents. She and her family have just returned to England due to her fathers poor health after serving 12 years in India. Sir William has very recently inherited a country estate, which comes with two belligerent teenage nieces. He and his young children, Andrew and Millie along with a handicapped sister, Sarah, have left London for a fresh start, since he has been widowed and rocked by scandal. Those experiences have swayed his faith to the point he is no longer truly growing in Christ. Julias arrival seems a divine appointment for what the family needs.
This book is filled with faith and scripture; a TRUE Christian novel (not an imposter) -hands clapping.
It reaches across the barriers of social classes and has characters interacting in more human ways which was both interesting and real in a way I enjoyed. Plus the setting is lovely. I personally felt the book was very approachable without shoving to many period facts or fancy words down my throat. There are some period books I keep my phone handy for just to look up the many period references and historical words throughout. But, with this book I could truly just enjoy the story.
5 out of 5 teacups toasting!
Things that are included: Readers Guide (which I never use)
Carrie is very sweet and approachable online.
I received a copy as a birthday gift and opinions are my own.
Carrie Turansky in her new book The Governess of Highland Hall Book One in the Edwardian Brides series published by Multnomah Books takes us into the life of Julia Foster.
From the back cover: 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 isnt sure what to make of the estates preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.
Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolphs 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 familiescommon ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julias steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Halls future?
There is something about England and its estates that lend themselves to stories that capture the imagination and 1911 Highland Hall lends itself the best. Here we have this marvelous estate that is in serious financial trouble. William has not only inherited the estate and its troubles but his deceased cousins daughters as well. Add governess Julia to the mix and we have a recipe for adventure and excitement. Then there are the class distinctions, William and his family are the Upper Class while all the servants are the Lower Class and, somehow, Julia, as the governess doesnt fit into either world which, of course, lends itself to further friction. Ms. Turansky has given us history and social issues all wrapped up in a exciting adventure. Well done! This is also a great romance. William and Julia are just perfect for one another and it is great fun to go through their relationship with them. Get ready for a very interesting read that will keep you flipping pages.
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When widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousins two teenage girls, William finds he needs a governess. He hires Julia Foster who had been ministering young girls in India until her family had to return to England due to her father becoming ill. The author took me back to Edwardian England. The descriptions of Highland Hall and the characters drew me right into the room with them from the first page. I liked how Julia had the courage to stand by her faith and convictions. Julia captured my heart as she cared for this family. I like Christian historical fiction and Carrie Turansky wrote a delightful book. Thank you to Goodreads for a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall for my honest opinion.
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!