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  1. The Governess of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides Series #1
    The Governess of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides Series #1
    Carrie Turansky
    Multnomah Books / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 40% ($6.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 103 Reviews
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  1. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Governess of Highland Hall
    December 29, 2013
    Ragdogs
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Synopsis:

    "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, sh 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's two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a 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 over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall's future?"

    My Review:

    Again, due to mailing problems, this review is extremely late, I really hope this is the last one, I hate being late. Anyways, I have read some of The Governess of Highland Hall and will review what I have read.

    The Governess of Highland Hall is beautifully written and full of excellent description. So far, the storyline has held my attention and I really do like the characters, all are realistic and believable. I am not going to put an age rating on this book like I normally do, just because I haven't read enough of the book to feel confident with my answer.

    I will definitely be finishing the book, and will probably try to get book 2 when it comes out next year. I do recommend this book to all of my friends as a really good read.

    "I received this book from Blogging for Books for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    So good! Not to be missed!
    December 26, 2013
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have not watched any full episodes of Downtown Abbey, but have seen a few clips from the show and The Governess of Highland Hall is like Downtown Abbey in a novel just better!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel despite the views that society had of marrying outside their social class! It totally frustrated me, but Carrie writes with grace in upholding that love conquers all! The theme for this novel is definitely 1 Corinthians 13! I have read quite a few other novels that have had this theme and it's something I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading, especially with characters who have personalities like Julia's in Carrie's latest novel! I really loved Julia's personality and can say she is most definitely in my top five of favorite women protagonist I have ever read about! The way she included her relationship with God in everything and how it came out in her teachings with the children was so inspiring! I also enjoyed Sir William's character. My heart grieved for all the heartache he had experienced at such a young age and now the burdens he carries.

    I was also pleasantly surprised to read a very big Christmas scene since its Christmas time! Carrie did such a fabulous job of not only bringing Christmas to life, but the overall life of a governess and Lord/Baronet! There was such great descriptive details that it gave me no trouble in feeling like I was actually there alongside the Highland family!

    Overall this is a wonderful fiction read that is in the Edwardian period and is definitely some of the best I have read! I'm giving The Governess of Highland Hall a 4.5 stars because there were just a few places that lagged for me, but this is definitely a novel that's not to be missed!

    *I received an ARC of this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!*
  3. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 25, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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?

    My Review:

    I know I keep saying books are absolutely wonderful - and they really are!! This one was no exception. As a fan of Downtown Abbey, I was an instant fan of the upstairs/downstairs drama and hierarchy. Julia goes from being a missionary to a prim and proper governess for the English nobility, and being neither family nor servant puts her in a very unique position. Add to the mix a widower (of course!) that is over his head raising not only his two children, but his cousin's as well, when Julia comes to his aid.

    The Edwardian time period is a favorite of mine, and I loved the imaginary of a beautiful country estate that is approaching ruin. The story is exquisitely woven by Turansky, and everything about this novel will appeal to fans of a clean romance and historical fiction. The themes of following and submitting to God's will were, of course, the best part; and it all comes together for a spectacular story.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 20, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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?

    My Review:

    I know I keep saying books are absolutely wonderful - and they really are!! This one was no exception. As a fan of Downtown Abbey, I was an instant fan of the upstairs/downstairs drama and hierarchy. Julia goes from being a missionary to a prim and proper governess for the English nobility, and being neither family nor servant puts her in a very unique position. Add to the mix a widower (of course!) that is over his head raising not only his two children, but his cousin's as well, when Julia comes to his aid.

    The Edwardian time period is a favorite of mine, and I loved the imaginary of a beautiful country estate that is approaching ruin. The story is exquisitely woven by Turansky, and everything about this novel will appeal to fans of a clean romance and historical fiction. The themes of following and submitting to God's will were, of course, the best part; and it all comes together for a spectacular story.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Norway
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    well..but still good
    December 12, 2013
    Jean
    Norway
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Not my cup of tea I'm sorry to say BECAUSE of the way the servants speak to their master is way ridiculos. And how many chanses did reall servants get at the time being? Other than that fine. I liked Sarah and the two "wicked" sisters. Julias faith is strong.
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