THE GOVERNESS OF HIGHLAND HALL
Edwardian Brides - Book 1
By Carrie Turansky
Will be published October 15th 2013 by Multnomah Books
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?
Setting: England 1911
After spending 12 years in India, working with her parents in missionary work for young girls, Julie Foster goes back home since her father has become quite ill. Since her parents weren't in a position to care for the family, it fell to Julia. Sir William Ramsey inherited Highland Hall from a cousin who had left the estate in a bad financial state. He not only left he estate but two teenage girls. Sir William himself has two young children to take care of since his wife had died. Julia Foster finds a job as governess of the now beautiful Highland Hall. Sir William doesn't trust women any more since his wife betrayed him, but he can't help but wonder about Julia. Julia finds out the Sir William's children are a handful.The teenagers didn't want a governess, especially Julia. They feel they don't need one. Katherine the oldest will turn 18 soon and has to get ready for her first season in London. Sir William's cousin had left him in a bad financial way. Money was issue number one for William. There are also inheritance duties that must be paid. The only solution he feels is available to get the money is to marry some one who is wealthy. Katherine's aunt, Lady Gatewood, introduces William and Alice and hope that they will marry and thus, financial problems are settled. Sir William takes Julia into his confidence and tells her of the financial problems. She has come up with some changes which may help. Julia and Sir William start to have feelings for each other. Sir William can't possibly marry his governess. Why not? Protocol be gone. Love is in the air and why not pounce on it? Sir William feels the wealthy American is obviously the better choice. He must save Highland Hall. The author described the characters to a 'T". She filled the pages with such emotion you could feel it in your heart and mind.The problem is: will Sir William marry for money or will he marry for love? You will have to get yourself a copy and follow Julia and William through their path of love in Highland Hall. Some of the events and characters were inspired by real events and real people. The author wrote the book as though it was all real, no fiction. Every page you turn, you want more. When you are done you can't help but think about the next book. Will it pick up where this one left off or will it be a total stand alone? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book, THE GOVERNESS OF HIGHLAND HALL by the author Carrie Turansky from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing for this unbiased review.
I would give this book 4 STARS.