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Literary Insights: A Book Lovers Review

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Widowed and left to care for his children, William is consumed with saving the estate from 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.

The Governess of Highland Hall is set in early 1900’s England where Julia Foster is hired as a Governess for Sir William Ramsey’s two children as well as his deceased cousin’s two teenage girls. Julia applied for this position upon returning from India where she had worked alongside her parents as a Missionary. When her father became ill, the family needed to return to England and Julia accepted the Governess position to help support her parents.

The story moves along with solutions to conflicts and creating new challenges. Many of the conflicts come naturally from harsh and gentle characters, which are focused on their own wants and fears. Julia's faith and trust in God make her a good example for those open to improvement. Much like Downton Abbey this story gives us a glimpse into the lives of the family as well as those who serve them.

There were many twists and turns in the story; the small romantic intrigues between secondary characters will have you wondering about the next book in the series. The author does a wonderful job of weaving this tale in a way that will capture your interest. Turansky has taken the details of the Regency era and captured the picture of what England was like in the early 1900’s.

For fans of sweet romance this story will delight in The Governess of Highland Hall where love blossoms both upstairs and down in Edwardian era England. I recommend this story for an afternoon autumn read.  Set on a majestic estate of old, author Carrie Turansky has woven a tender and uplifting tale with a heartwarming message.

I received a copy of the book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in their blogging for books program for my review.
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