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Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Governess of Highland Hall - Edwardian Brides Book 1 - Carrie Turansky

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?

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)


From the Back of the Book
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? (Full description from Goodreads.)

Reading The Governess of Highland Hall at Ezra's routine
doctor visit. He fell asleep on me!
#NeverGoAnywhereWithoutABook
My Thoughts
I have finally made some time to read a few books on my TBR list that have been taunting me with their sweet descriptions. And oh gosh, I can NOT believe that it has taken me so long to read this book! The Governess of Highland Hall was perfect for satisfying the Downton Abbey fan in me. And Carrie Turansky's descriptions and attention to detail drew me into Edwardian England and I got lost wandering down the road alongside Julia...my husband didn't see me for days. Because it is the same era as Downton Abbey I was tempted to think of the characters in relation to the show, but boy are they different! Let's just say the housekeeper, is no Mrs. Hughes. However, she definitely adds a very interesting twist on the story. Throughout this book you will see the storyline unfold through multiple perspectives. It was easy to follow along and added a lot of depth and insight to our supporting characters. I LOVE Sir William's sister Sarah! And I just giggled with delight to find out that Sir William's cousin (and dependent) Katherine Ramsey is our leading lady in the next book. SO excited to read her story. One of the things mentioned in this book are Christmas crackers...And let me tell you, if you have never had these at Christmas you are missing out! We started our own tradition last year with these, and they were a HUGE hit! No one else in the family knew what they were, but the immediately put on their paper crown, and we all wore them throughout dinner. You can order them on Amazon HERE. This isn't the first book I have read about a governess. Not a servant, not a part of the family...But they pour so much into the children. Love them, raise them, and they are so easily cast aside. It can be a sad lot from what I have seen. However, we are reminded throughout the story, that we must walk on God's path for our lives. We may not understand His purpose or His ways, but we must trust that He loves us, His children, and wants the best for us. I encourage you, as this book encouraged me, to keep your heart tender toward the Lord's voice and follow where He leads. Now, bring me book two! 

I borrowed a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall from my local library. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


If you haven't heard me go on about Christian Fiction Readers Retreat yet...You will now! I am so honored for the chance to meet Carrie Turansky in person this month at CFRR! Although this event is now closed for registration, you can find out more about the retreat HERE. We are hoping to make this an annual event. So start saving now so you can join us next year!

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About the Author

CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of thirteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and The ACFW Carol Awards and Genesis Contest. She has written contemporary and historical romance, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books. They have five adult children, whom Carrie homeschooled, and three grandchildren.
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More Books by Carrie Turansky
The Daughter of Highland Hall - Book 2
What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough? (Learn More)










A Refuge at Highland Hall - Book 3
The Great War shakes the world of a spirited young woman and the brave British pilot she loves, taking her from London to her family’s magnificent country estate, and sending him into the war-torn skies over France. (Learn More)










6 comments:

  1. So fun to read your review, Rachel! I loved visiting England to research this series, including visiting Tyntesfield the lovely manor house on the cover of Governess and Refuge. And because I'm a Downton Abbey fan I visited Highclere Castle where Downton was filmed. Sigh....so wonderful. I love the time period and look forward to setting more books in Edwardian England. In fact, my next book, Shine Like the Dawn is set in 1905, Northumberland, England. It includes family drama, romance, and a mystery! Happy reading! Carrie

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    1. Oh I can not wait for this one! Thank you for stopping by!!!

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  2. In my opinion, you can not go wrong reading Carrie's books. They are wonderful! -sigh
    Have a blessed day fellow bookworm :-)
    PS: my TBR pile overfloweth!
    ~Heather

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    1. If her others are like this one...I know I will love them all!!! Blessings to you as well!
      PS: Mine does too...hehe (occupational hazard)

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  3. I have been watching Downton Abbey on my Prime.
    I have fallen in love with the show.

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    1. I adore the show! There were many many times that I cried, laughed out loud, yelled at the TV and found myself holding my breath.

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