Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"The Governess of Highland Hall" by Carrie Turansky

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? (back of book)

Review:  This was a wonderful story.  It was an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I found the characters believable, especially for the time period of the story.  I like that the main character’s faith was evident through the book, but it never became preachy.  The author, in fact, also allowed the characters to show a flawed side from time to time, which made the story more realistic and likeable.  This book is geared more toward high school and older, but it is not too advanced for a strong middle school reader.

“The Governess of Highland Hall” is a really nice read and I look forward to reading other books by this particular author. 

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DISCLOSURE: We received an advance reading copy for review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great book, one I would definitely enjoy reading! I'm going off to Amazon to check it out right now! Thanks for the great recommendation at Booknificent Thursday!


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