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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 1601424965
ISBN-13: 9781601424969
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Series: Edwardian Brides

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Publisher's 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?

Author Bio

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of nearly a dozen novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweethearts and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award and the International Digital Award. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books.

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"There is much to like about Carrie Turansky's The Governess of Highland Hall: a sweet noble heroine, a proud yet vulnerable hero, and a Downton Abbey-inspired setting. Endearing supporting characters and two romances add to the pleasure. Fans of Christian fiction and Downton Abbey will enjoy this story!" — JULIE KLASSEN, best-selling author of The Tutor's Daughter

"I admit I'm a Downton Abbey junkie. Thankfully, I got my fix with Carrie Turansky's delightful new novel. Everything about this book breathes upstairs- downstairs, and I was swept away into the world of Highland Hall-the language, the customs, the clothes, the drama, the romance, oh, the romance! Absolutely charming, if I do say so myself!" - SUSAN MAY WARREN, RITA and Christy Award winner and best-selling novelist of Duchess

"Prim and wonderful, The Governess of Highland Hall is an exquisitely woven Downton Abbey tapestry, proper and perfectly of English nobility and their servants. With the utmost sensitivity and skill, Carrie Turansky has penned a breathless Edwardian love story not to be missed!" - JULIE LESSMAN, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

"In The Governess of Highland Hall, Carrie Turansky blends a compelling heroine standing on the precipice of class divide with a magnificent Edwardian country estate in danger of ruin. She mixes well with an unforgettable cast of characters. The result is a beautifully written, faith-filled romance-the first in a series not to be missed." - CATHY GOHLKE, Christy Award-winning author of Promise Me This and Band of Sisters

"Fans of sweet romance will delight in The Governess of Highland Hall, set on a majestic estate of old, where love blossoms both upstairs and down in Edwardian England. Author Carrie Turansky has woven a tender and uplifting tale with a heartwarming message." - JOANNE BISCHOF, award-winning author of the Cadence of Grace series

"With its engaging cast of characters, a setting reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and a storyline that celebrates faith, family, and friendship, The Governess of Highland Hall is more than a historical romance. It’s a book that's sure to delight Carrie Turansky's current fans and bring her many more." - AMANDA CABOT, best-selling author of Christmas Roses,

"The Governess of Highland Hall is a deeply emotional story of learning to submit to God's will. Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy the Edwardian time period, the English traditions, and the upstairs-below-stairs intrigue. The characters are richly developed, Turansky’s prose lyrical. I enjoyed my stay at Highland Hall!" - BETH WHITE, Carol Award-winning author of Controlling Interest and The Pelican Bride (coming in April 2014)

"The Governess of Highland Hall is a delightful journey to Edwardian England with a cast of colorful characters and plot twists at every turn. With a nice mix of upstairs-downstairs drama and a spunky heroine, Carrie Turansky weaves a tale that will enchant Downton Abbey aficionados. Lovely and heartfelt." - CARLA STEWART, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Sweet Dreams

"The Governess of Highland Hall is as delightful as an English high tea, replete with an endearing cast of characters living on a grand English estate and flavored with memories of India. Carrie Turansky lends a lovely, fresh voice to a fascinating era!" - Laura Frantz, Author of Love’s Reckoning

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Praise for The Governess of Highland Hall

"There is much to like about Carrie Turansky’s The Governess of Highland Hall: a sweet noble heroine, a proud yet vulnerable hero, and a Downton Abbey–inspired setting. Endearing supporting characters and two romances add to the pleasure. Fans of Christian fiction and Downton Abbey will enjoy this story!"
—Julie Klassen, best-selling author of The Tutor’s Daughter

"I admit I’m a Downton Abbey junkie. Thankfully, I got my fix with Carrie Turansky’s delightful new novel. Everything about this book breathes upstairs-downstairs, and I was swept away into the world of Highland Hall—the language, the customs, the clothes, the drama, the romance, oh, the romance! Absolutely charming, if I do say so myself!"
—Susan May Warren, RITA and Christy Award winner and best-selling novelist of Duchess

"Prim and wonderful, The Governess of Highland Hall is an exquisitely woven Downton Abbey tapestry, proper and perfectly of English nobility and their servants. With the utmost sensitivity and skill, Carrie Turansky has penned a breathless Edwardian love story not to be missed!"
—Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

"In The Governess of Highland Hall, Carrie Turansky blends a compelling heroine standing on the precipice of class divide with a magnificent Edwardian country estate in danger of ruin. She mixes well with an unforgettable cast of characters. The result is a beautifully written, faith-filled romance—the first in a series not to be missed."
—Cathy Gohlke, Christy Award–winning author of Promise Me This and Band of Sisters

"Fans of sweet romance will delight in The Governess of Highland Hall, set on a majestic estate of old, where love blossoms both upstairs and down in Edwardian England. Author Carrie Turansky has woven a tender and uplifting tale with a heartwarming message."
—Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of the Cadence of Grace series

"With its engaging cast of characters, a setting reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and a storyline that celebrates faith, family, and friendship, The Governess of Highland Hall is more than a historical romance. It’s a book that’s sure to delight Carrie Turansky’s current fans and bring her many more."
—Amanda Cabot, best-selling author of Christmas Roses

"The Governess of Highland Hall is a deeply emotional story of learning to submit to God’s will. Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy the Edwardian time period, the English traditions, and the upstairs-below-stairs intrigue. The characters are richly developed, Turansky’s prose lyrical. I enjoyed my stay at Highland Hall!"
—Beth White, Carol Award–winning author of Controlling Interest and The Pelican Bride (coming in April 2014)

"The Governess of Highland Hall is a delightful journey to Edwardian England with a cast of colorful characters and plot twists at every turn. With a nice mix of upstairs-downstairs drama and a spunky heroine, Carrie Turansky weaves a tale that will enchant Downton Abbey aficionados. Lovely and heartfelt."
—Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Sweet Dreams

The Governess of Highland Hall
 is as delightful as an English high tea, replete with an endearing cast of characters living on a grand English estate and flavored with memories of India. Carrie Turansky lends a lovely, fresh voice to a fascinating era! 
Laura Frantz, Author of Love’s Reckoning

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    May 16, 2014
    PJsDolls
    Fresno, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  2. Wilani
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    May 14, 2014
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. CharityUAusten
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good Read
    March 22, 2014
    CharityUAusten
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
  4. Ruth Stiles
    Central NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read with a wonderful ending
    January 19, 2014
    Ruth Stiles
    Central NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Jennie Nelson
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Downton-ish
    January 14, 2014
    Jennie Nelson
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
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Author: Carrie Turansky
Located in: New Jersey
Submitted: May 16, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am the author of eleven novels and novellas, both historical and contemporary romance. When I'm not writing I love gardening, cooking healthy meals for friends and family, arranging flowers, reading, and traveling with my husband . . . especially to see our children and grandchildren.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I watched the English television series Downton Abbey I fell in love with the Edwardian time period. That inspired me to begin my research and plan a trip to England to learn more about it and see some of these beautiful places for myself. I think anyone who enjoys Downton Abbey or novels like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice will be eager to read The Governess of Highland Hall. It will appeal to readers who enjoy romantic stories that carry them away to another time and place and include fascinating characters who face dramatic, emotional choices.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope readers will identify with the characters and be inspired to trust God and follow Him in spite of challenges and hardships. I think they will also be encouraged by the focus on loving your family.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  My husband and I took a delightful research trip to England and made some wonderful memories together. As I stepped into the heroine's character, I was challenged to think about my calling and how important it is to follow God's leading in every season of my life.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I have been encouraged and influenced by many wonderful authors - Cathy Gohlke, Terri Gillespie, Vickie McDonough, Julie Kalssen, Liz Curtis Higgs, Kristy Dykes, and many others.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I hope readers will enjoy The Governess of Highland Hall and feel like they have stepped back in time and taken a trip to England. I'd like to invite you to visit my website to learn about the story and see photos of our research trip to England, the charcters, and setting. I love to connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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