I really enjoyed this book. Yes, the plot was predictable in that you knew somehow Julia and William were going to fall in love, but it was really well-written, not cheesy (one of my pet peeves is cheesy romance) and it was written in a realistic way. It was believable, unlike some books where the author's attempts at a romance ruin the book. The characters in this book were really well-done too and were really enjoyable to read about. I loved them. Julia was my favorite, of course, and I really liked reading about the growing friendship between her and Sarah. Julia is such a sweet, kind character. The plot of this book kind of reminded me of The Sound of Music but a little bit different- and if you loved that movie, you will love this book. I liked this book a lot and I recommend it. I think that anyone who likes historical fiction, especially from this particular era, would enjoy reading The Governess of Highland Hall.
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of The Governess of Highland Hall in exchange for my honest review.
The Governess of Highland Hall, by Carrie Turansky, is a charming novel. It is the first book in the Edwardian Brides series. Set in Berkshire, England, in 1911, this novel addresses the issues revolving around crossing the class system in place at the time. It also causes one to pause and think about whether or not he is pursuing God's will or his own.
Julia Foster has returned to England after several years of missionary work in India with her parents. In order to help support her parents due to her father's illness, she accepts a position as a governess at Highland Hall. Her presence there soon turns the entire household upside down. She encourages true love. She shares her faith and her prayers. She is kindhearted toward everyone. But her dream of returning to India may not be God's will for her life as she had planned. He may have other plans for her.
I enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were very personable and could relate to many of them. I especially liked the fact that all of the characters showed some very human flaws and vulnerabilities. This is truly a wonderful tale of choosing God's will over our own, whatever our social standing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
"The Governess of Highland Hall" by Carrie Turansky is set in the early 1900's. Julia Foster and her parents were missionaries to India and had to go home to England when her father became ill. Unable to support his family, Julia takes a job at Highland Hall as a governess to 2 young children as well as the master's (William) 2 teenage cousins whose parents have died.
The children are ill mannered, the master has trusting issues due to his late wife's life, and some of the help at the manor make Julia's life a challenge.
Both Julia and William are doing what they can to support their own families and come head to head more than once.
Carrie Turansky is a new author to me, but I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series. However, it doesn't come out until fall of next year!
In The Governess of Highland Hall, author Carrie Turansky has crafted a wonderful Edwardian era novel set in England; replete with dashing lords and ladies, and opulent mansions with magnificent decor...nonetheless behind those ornate doors also lurk secrets, pain, and hidden passions.
A missionary in India, Julia Foster has returned to England because of her father's illness and procures a position as governess of Highland Hall, a wealthy estate owned by the handsome, brooding widower Sir William Ramsey. Julia's job is to care for William's children and his deceased cousin's two teenage girls. Doing so is quite a challenge as the baronet seems to be cold and withdrawn towards his own children and distrusts all women.
As Julia befriends William's lovely but crippled sister, Sarah, who is keeping a deep secret from her brother, she also begins to endear herself to the children. But what dark secret is William carrying inside and how can he save Highland Hall from financial ruin? Although his fondness towards Julia begins to turn to love...will he marry another with wealth to save not only Highland Hall but his reputation as well?...for to marry a governess is quite unacceptable for a man of his social standing.
This heartwarming novel, reminiscent of a cross between Jane Eyre and Jane Austen, will grab the reader from page one and not let go until the satisfying conclusion. This is one of those books where one falls so in love with the characters that it is SO hard to let them go! And this not only has one romantic plot, but two more romantic subplots which will break and also delight the reader's heart and cause several sighs (and tears!) to escape while reading. William is perfect as the brooding hero, but I couldn't stand this stuffed shirt at first until I got a chance to really see his heart. Beautifully written and researched, I highly recommend this wonderful novel!!