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?
I love this book, I love it so much. I can probably say it my favorite read so far this year. And the reason why is that, I compared it to Downton Abbey. I love Downton Abbey, I’ve watched all three seasons. But besides that, the story starts out with an innocent missionary who has to come back because of her sick father. She has to become a Governess for a rich family.
The story takes place between Julia, Sir William Ramsey, and a bit of the staff. I can say I love the hero’s and the villain’s. Turansky does really great with the descriptions, and giving great story to the characters. The book is in a slower pace, but she found some way to just make it fun and great. Before I picked up this book I’d heard and podcast with Carrie Turansky, and she talked about how she came to write The Governess of Highland Hall, and how she wanted to have elements of Downton Abbey, and Jane Eyre in the mix, she wanted to have the fun and the dark elements mixed in. And I think she did exactly that. I’d say anyone who loves early 1900’s England will love this.
So checkout Carrie Turanskys website, there is a beautiful book trailer for The Governess of Highland Hall. So check it out.
This book will be released on October 15, 2013
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. (http://waterbrookmultnomah.com)