Friday, November 22, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall

Book description:  "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'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:  I absolutely loved this book! Carrie Turansky could quickly become another favorite author if the rest of her books are as good as this one.  Ms. Turansky did a great job inviting the readers into the lives of both the servants and the family with the governess stuck in between.  While I enjoyed the unfolding story of William and Julia, I also really enjoyed William's sister Sarah and her story.  This is a book full of drama, customs, and romance.  If you want a book with drama and romance upstairs and downstairs, this is the book for you!  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah Books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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