|The Governess of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides Series #1
By Carrie Turansky / Multnomah Books
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.
If you love Downton Abbey you will love this book. I’m so glad that I have jumped in on this one at the beginning of the series. The story captures your attention from the start. Some of the story line is typical of this type of story but there are some twists and turns along the way. It’s well written and you hate for the story to end but as with all stories they must. The connections that are made between Julia and the family of Highland Hall intrigued me as well as the friendships between the staff and the looking out for self. That era of history has always been interesting to me which is why I love books about and shows about that era.
This story is just another one that I enjoy because of the time period it shows and how the times are changing and the old is fading and the new is coming in. The whole class system in England is beginning to fade and with it comes many things to deal with. Relationships between servants and the aristocracy and so forth.
This was a fun book for me. I’ve not read a lot of fiction lately and this was a nice change and totally worth it. I definitely recommend this one to you. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
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