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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall

Little did Julia Foster realize how her time serving as a missionary in India would benefit her future as well as God's plans for her. Replying to an advertisement for a governess for two young children at Highland Hall, she hopes that securing this position will enable her to financial help her parents who have returned to London from India with her due to her father's failing health. Julia believes all the time spent running the schools and medical clinic while serving God is just the right experience to be a governess for the young children of Sir William Ramsey, who is at loss of finding just the right person to help.

On a fateful morning encounter, Julia comes across a well dressed man, she believes is the chauffeur who is struggling with getting the motor car running. She addresses the man and inquires if he might need assistance since she is on her way to an interview at Highland Hall, and they might be able to send someone to help. The man waves her off frustrated that no one will be able to help and it's only when she is sent to Sir William for the interview, she learns that man is the same one she ran into on the way into Highland Manor.

Julia's faith will be put to the utmost test when she learns that no other governess has last longer than six months, and both children have been grieving the loss of their mother and are a bit ill-mannered. Not only that but Julia is being asked to help William's deceased cousin Randolph's two teenage girls who have realized that the ownership of Highland Hall has now passed into William's hands. Having sold off his half of the business to his brother David, William learns that the financial status of Highland Hall is more than he bargained for when the death duties or taxes are due on the house in March and there is no hope for securing the funds necessary to pay for them.

Julia and William are struggling with their past issues when it comes to love, but neither of them could have ever come to expect the fondness and friendship that would develop between them, but with William's title, he could never marry someone of Julia's status. She has resolved to bide her time in the home helping out as much as she can to heal the wounds that have crippled not only the financial matters of the home, but also to the hearts of those that call Highland Hall home.

I received The Governess at Highland Hall by author Carrie Turansky compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. This one resounded in my book lover's heart being a fan of traditional regency and historical fiction. It's like a blending of Sound of Music with Downton Abbey. What a spectacular novel and the best part is  that Carrie has decided to add this novel to the Edwardian Bride series with this being the first one. I can't wait to see what comes next as there are so many paths she could take with the characters we meet in this lovely and charming novel. I wholeheartedly give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and it has found a permanent home in my personal library. Warning: This novel releases in early October this year, but trust me, you'll want to preorder your copy now!

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  • Series: Edwardian Brides
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601424965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601424969


  1. Thanks for this very kind and thoughtful review! It's a great encouragement to me. I'm glad you enjoyed getting to know Julia and William and all the charcters at Highland Hall. It is a series, and I am working on Book 2 now. It comes out in the Fall 2014. Blessings and Happy Reading.

    1. I am so excited this will be a series! I can't wait to read the next book!


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