Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall - Edwardian Brides 1 by Carrie Turansky


If you like Downton Abbey, this is a must read!  Julia Foster has been a missionary, along with her parents, for the past twelve years in India.  When her father gets sick, they return to England and Julia must get a job to support them.  She becomes a governess at Highland Hall for widower Sir William Ramsey's two children and his two cousins.  She has her work cut out for her with one child extremely strong-willed and active, one in fragile health, and two young ladies grieving their father's death who don't feel they need a governess and don't mind her knowing it.

Sir William has recently inherited the large estate, but is finding out that he may lose it if he can't pay the hefty death taxes besides the financial difficulties the estate was already facing.  He  wants to get some dignity back after the scandal caused by his late wife, but the only possibility of keeping the house seems to be marrying someone of wealth.  However, he finds himself drawn to Julia and appreciates her faith and the positive influence she has over the people in his household.  Could he ever trust again?  Will he choose love over money?

This book reminded me a lot of Downton Abbey, with points of view from the staff and the aristocracy. There are the good characters whom you love and then the conniving ones you want to shake!  Julia is an amazing character, not perfect, but with such a strong faith and great wisdom.  The two romances in the story were very sweet.  This is the first book I've read by this author, but I'll definitely be reading her others. I highly recommend it!

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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