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: Those who love the not too distant past of English nobility (think Upstairs, Downstairs and Downtown Abbey) will enjoy The Governess of Highland Hall.
Carrie Turansky does this genre well and the typical storyline of Governess not accepted by the servants or the masters who finds a place in the end is touched up and made more interesting by the inclusion of the master’s sister also finding her way and the young cousins who have lost parents and are still struggling with their grief.
Servants are not forgotten in this storyline and you may find yourself very irritated by the separation of the classes. The only thing was I found the main character Julia to be a touch too perfect and I wanted her former beau to come into the picture so we could give him a swift kick out. Since he was brought up and all.
You won’t have to wonder too hard about the ending of this sweet piece of Christian fiction but the road traveled is nice and rewarding.
About the Author:
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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”