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’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin. The last thing he needs is the distraction coming of a 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?
A finalist in this year's Carol Awards in the Historical Romance category and I can totally see why. A fantastic turn-of-the-century novel with a Downton Abbeyish vibe. This story just flies from the very first page. Turansky has captured the time period perfectly including the whole upstairs/downstairs conundrum. And she's created some memorable characters.
Julia is the shining star. Her unusual upbringing and years working along side her parents in the mission field in India have made her a force to be reckoned with. This is no shy, missish lady. She stands her ground with conviction and compassion. A lethal combination that soon pierces the heart of her reclusive employer and turns his household inside out.
An absorbing novel that delivers an emotional, soul-satisfying read.
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