Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

From the publisher:
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?

Carrie Turansky is a new author for me and I enjoyed that her story focused not only on the main characters but created secondary characters that were engaging and interesting.  If you are into books that discuss the difference between the "upstairs and downstairs" of life in England then you will definitely enjoy this book.

I enjoyed reading Julia's character and how she really does try to live by the principles she teaches others.  Her character is led by her convictions as a Christian and even her romance will be governed by it.  I liked that Turansky did not make Julia quickly get married but instead allowed for time to develop their love.  This is more inline with Julia's character.

I enjoyed this book and will be look for more by this author.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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