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The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
Edwardian Brides #1
Synopsis: 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?
My review: This is the first book that I have read by this author and I look forward to reading many more. The setting of this book was one I liked and I enjoy reading about this time period. I think Carried did a good job on the character development as I really liked both Julia and William. Also she did a great job on making me feel as if I was in 1911 at Highland Hall. Another think that I liked was how Julia and William start out as employee/employer then friends then even more. It is very nice to see how William respects Julia's opinion ad the help that she gives them. This is a must read in my book and I look forward to the next one in the series.