Romance in an English Castle (5 Stars)
The Governess of Highland Hall (The Edwardian Bride Series #1)
Just looking at the cover of this book, I knew I would like it. And then when I started reading, it reminded me so much of Downton Abbey only with a Christian emphasis. This book was delightful. I loved every minute and I could have read it in one day if I hadn’t had so many interruptions!
Julia Foster and her mom and dad were missionaries in India for 12 years. They had to return to England because of her father’s health. She needed to help with their support so she was able to get a position as a governess for two young children at Highland Hall. Their mother had passed away a few years earlier and the father, Sir William Ramsey was a bitter man. He was trying to hold on to his faith in God, but he was just going through the motions with daily scripture readings for his family and the staff. Little did he know that Julia would turn his life and the life of his family and staff upside down.
Of course there is a secret that William is hiding from Julia. And there is a disgruntled housekeeper, Mrs. Emmitt. There is tension with William’s two teenage nieces that live with him because they don’t think they are in need of a governess. Then there’s William’s brother, David. Julia becomes a lifesaver for William in more ways than one and is also hurt by a few people living at Highland Hall. I really can’t say anymore, because I don’t like to give any of the good stuff away, you’ll just have to read it and see for yourself.
The Bible verse at the beginning of this book sums it up, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 Julia certainly lives up to this verse.
“I received a copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of this review and for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
For more information about this author and her books, please visit her website at http://www.carrieturansky.com. You will find links to her blog and a wonderful post dated July 23, 2013: Discovering the Setting for The Governess of Highland Hall. I feel like I’ve been to England now. And be sure to visit her Pinterest board, Carrie Turansky, to see more pictures on her board named, Tyntesfield, those pictures are beautiful!
Here is a great book trailer from YouTube for you to watch:
Let’s meet Carrie:
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweethearts and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award and the International Digital Award. 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 and three grandchildren.
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