The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides Book 1)
by: Carrie Turansky
I REALLY enjoyed this story about missionary Julia Foster and recent estate baronet of Highland Hall, Sir William and read it in two days, not wishing to put it down. The quote on the cover from another excellent author, Julie Klassen, really captures my feelings: “There is much to like about The Governess of Highland Hall: A sweet, noble heroine, a proud, yet vulnerable hero, and a Downton Abbey inspired setting.” Interestingly, I had not read that quote until after finishing the book, yet I found myself envisioning a Downton Abbey setting along with similar characters – Mr. Lawrence as Mr. Carson, a cranky version of Mrs. Patmore who is I pictured for Mrs. Emmitt based on description, rather than Mrs. Hughes.
Opening in 1911, Berkshire England, Julia is on her way to interview for a governess job so she will have money to take care of her parents. She and her family have just returned to England due to her father’s poor health after serving 12 years in India. Sir William has very recently inherited a country estate, which comes with two belligerent teenage nieces. He and his young children, Andrew and Millie along with a handicapped sister, Sarah, have left London for a fresh start, since he has been widowed and rocked by scandal. Those experiences have swayed his faith to the point he is no longer truly growing in Christ. Julia’s arrival seems a divine appointment for what the family needs.
This book is filled with faith and scripture; a TRUE Christian novel (not an impostor) -hands clapping.
It reaches across the barriers of social classes and has characters interacting in more human ways which was both interesting and real in a way I enjoyed. Plus the setting is lovely. I personally felt the book was very approachable without shoving to many period facts or fancy words down my throat. There are some period books I keep my phone handy just to look up the many period references and historical words throughout. But, with this book I could truly just enjoy the story.
Currently available at Target (I saw it yesterday!), as well as
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I am definitely looking forward to Book 2: The Daughter of Highland Hall.
5 out of 5 teacups toasting!
Things that are included: Reader’s Guide (which I never use)
Carrie is very sweet and approachable online.
I received a copy as a birthday gift and opinions are my own.
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Read: 02/03&04/2015 Reviewed: 02/05/2015