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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
Series: Edwardian Brides

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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 an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the ACFW Carol Awards and Genesis Contest. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.

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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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  1. KateB
    Seattle, WA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    LOVELY HISTORICAL ROMANCE!
    November 1, 2016
    KateB
    Seattle, WA
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was captivated from the first page by this faith inspiring tale of love and loss set during England's lavish Edwardian era. With her well-researched history of the period, author Carrie Turansky brings to life a compelling cast who make up the aristocracy inhabiting the elegant country estate of Highland Hall, and the social mores and duty to faith that challenge lovely governess Julia Foster and her employer, Sir William Ramsey. With a colorful and inventive household staff below stairs, and a storyline filled with emotional twists and turns, The Governess of Highland Hall is a perfect launch for Turansky's Edwardian Brides series. With such endearing characters, I am most eager to move on to the sequel!
  2. English Lady
    UK,
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Generally good
    May 17, 2016
    English Lady
    UK,
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 0
    My time for reading is somewhat limited nowadays, so I opt for Audiobooks as much as I can, to read alongside a physical or eBook.

    Since I have a review copy of the third book, I thought it was the best idea to start from the beginning.

    I'm sort of new to Georgian Fiction, and since I don't know the period very well, I would not really spot any errors easily. A reviewer friend remarked that this was remarkably free of errors and Americanisms that tend to mark out a lot of 'British Fiction' written by Americans, and I generally agree. I did notice one or two ('closet' instead of cupboard or wardrobe), but most were in the narration instead of the speech of the characters.

    Since I have not consistently followed Downton Abbey, I cannot make any real comparison, except on a superficial level (the great house, the struggling aristocratic family etc). I felt that the setting was generally pulled off well, as well as the intention of weaving religious elements into the story, which tend to be left out of popular TV series.

    That said, I did find Julia to be a little sanctimonious and overbearing at first with her attitudes, and her views of what people should and should not do. Like 'How dare he not let his sister marry a commoner if he's a good Christian- How dare he care about what society will think'?

    I guess I don't appreciate stories in which those who care about their families' honour and position in society are regarded as evil enemies of God's will.

    That said, there was some resolution in the end, with her realizing it was not such a great idea to impose her opinions on everyone else. Overall, she was a likeable person and a good example, and a lot of the other characters were good too.

    I did like that the story was focused on family drama and relationships, instead of some implausible plotline about espionage, murder or political intrigue that are added to some stories to crank up the drama.

    I was not too keen on the narrator of the audiobooks though. I think they would have been better with a British person doing them, as she did not always represent the different characters well, and struggled with different regional accents

    I've now started on the second book, and I'm glad I started this series. Worth a read, but dont expect another Downton Abbey. The period and setting are the same, but this trilogy should stand out on its own, without having to ape other stories.
  3. alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    OUTSTANDING BOOK
    August 30, 2015
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Julia Foster and her parents are forced to return to England because of her fathers illness. Need to provide for her family, Julia take a position as a governess at Highland Hall. While her lifes training has been as a missionary teacher to orphans in India, Julie finds her current charges a bit of a challenge. But it is their father that presents Julias biggest challenge. As she tries hard to find a balance between professional and her personal feelings for Sir William Ramsey.

    William Ramsey is a man that has vowed never to let another woman into his heart again. After his wifes betrayal and ultimate death, William has thrown himself into running Highland Hall and has found the perfect person to govern his children. Unfortunately his heart doesnt want to follow his head.

    I really enjoyed watching William grow. When we first meet him, he is hard and stands on formality, but as the story progresses we see a loving compassionate William emerge.

    This was a brand new author for me and I discovered that I really enjoyed her writing. The storyline, although a bit predictable, was clear, fun and easy. She didnt introduce to many characters so the reader doesnt get lost.

    There was lots and lots of prayer and trusting in God by the characters. This was a very refreshing thing.

    Overall it was a wonderfully spiritually uplifting book and I cant wait to read the next one in the series.

    Dont miss this one.
  4. MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
    April 3, 2015
    MrsTina
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    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.
  5. Blue Jeans & Teacups
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    o:*:.5 OUT OF 5 TEACUPS TOASTING THIS STORY.:*: o
    February 5, 2015
    Blue Jeans & Teacups
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    2013 Multinomah Books a Div. of Random House

    Read: 02/03&04/2015

    Reviewed: 02/05/2015
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Author/Artist Review

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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