Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Book Review: The Governess of Highland Hall

"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?"

Where to begin? I feel as if I'm falling in love with books all over again. I loved this book. As someone who enjoys studying people, it was fascinating to watch as Julia tried to find her place in a household where servants lived one life and the family lived another and she was somewhere in between. Add in the fact that the master of the household forbid relationships within his house, especially between the classes and this was one for any people watcher. Julia's faith, Sarah's fragility, Katherine's spunk and William's struggles add up to one enjoyable read.


I received this book from the Blogging for Books program. All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.

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1 comment:

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Katie, Thanks for this kind review! So glad to hear you enjoyed meeting the Governess of Highland Hall! Happy Reading, Carrie

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