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!
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.