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The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

  The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

The Plot: When India missionary Julia Foster ends up back in England to care for her ailing father, she takes a job as Governess at Highland Hall with Sir William Ramsey to instruct his two motherless children and his two cousins. Sir William is jaded and doesn’t trust women after finding out horrific truths of his deceased wife’s character, but still he finds himself drawn to Julia. He is stressed with finding a way to save Highland Hall from having to be sold and confides in Julia to form a working relationship and friendship that surpasses employee and employer boundaries. Feelings get mixed, tangled, hurt, and pride gets in the way when social standing and titles take precedence over faith and God.

You can check out more of The Governess of Highland Hall and the author, Carrie Turansky, at: http://carrieturansky.com

What I enjoyed: The Governess of Highland Hall is well written where I could picture the beautiful grounds of Highland Hall and the characters living out their lives. Carrie writes with a gifted hand to describe a setting most of us can only dream about. The dialog was believable and flowing. The characters were believable and well developed with a few growing throughout the story, as people do in real and situations.

What I loved: I loved, loved loved the side romance between Sara, Sir William’s sister who has a physical impairment, and Mr. Dalton, the head gardener. I could relate to Sarah’s feelings and was drawn to her personality. Mr. Dalton was honorable and trustworthy and down to earth. I loved how he was so down to earth! He is the type of character that makes me fall in love with a story and makes me want to know more about their lives!

How I might enjoy it more: While very well-written with good character development, I didn’t get sucked into the story and lost in the main romance on the estate of Highland Hall. I had more of an emotional attachment to the secondary characters, Sarah and the head gardener, Mr. Dalton than Julia and Sir William Ramsey. I am not saying the main romance wasn’t good, it was! I just personally enjoyed the side romance more!

I rate The Governess of Highland Hall 4 out of 5 stars!

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

 

I would like to give away a copy of this book! Please comment about your favorite book or series set in England, along with your email address so I can contact the winner! The  last day to enter is Tuesday and I will draw a winner on Wednesday, January 8th!

Take Charge of Your Emotions; Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger by Dr. Linda J. Solie

This book is appropriately named by saying “steps”. This is not a quick fix, fluffy, just to feel good book. It is a book that needs to be read, re-read, studied, cross referenced, applied, and prayed about. I think the title pretty much explains what the book is about and a long, drawn out description is not necessary. This book has some really good information and seems to basically teach you to be your counselor. It is a lot of work to follow the steps in this book and not for everyone. Some people may need more peer support where this is more for self-doers. It is not a SELF-book, but a Christ-will-help-you book, but you still need to process through steps and your emotions, not just pray it all away. I think that this book is much more realistic than many self-help type books since it is not a quick-fix, cure-all, but a step by step process to overcome negative feelings and emotions. It can get confusing at times with how to follow the steps as they are detailed and not automatic, but this book’s purpose is to stop our automatic response to stressors and instead follow these steps.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

An Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson

An Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson

I will start off with the positives. First, I love the title! The title intrigued me to read the description of this book and that made me want to read it. The cover illustration is eye catching and very cool with the meaning of spirals in mathematics.

About the book: the book description states Leonhard Euler is more than just friends with the Bernoulli family and gets lured into an investigation of the death of their Uncle Jacob, who died a suspicious death 20 years ago.

I did not finish this book. I usually think it is unfair to write a review on a book one has not read and was trying really hard to keep going, but it will simply take me too long. It is written in first person, and I did get a little over 140 pages into this book, but I still felt like the main character, Leonhard, was a stranger. I am the type of reader that loves to fall in love with the characters in the book I am reading. I love to get lost in their fictional world and feel their pain and happiness. That being said, I do not understand how Leonhard thinks or feels. The little bit that was written about his grandmother made me like her more than him, yet she was a stranger also. The character development just wasn’t there at 140 pages in. I thought the mystery and intrigue would be fun and entertaining, but instead was slow and disjointed. I have read that the historical details in this book are very accurate. Normally I love historical fiction, but the details were presented in such a way that I had a hard time following. I would say An Elegant Solution is written more like a classic book is written, so those who love the classics may still love this book, along with very intellectual, detail oriented, mathematic loving persons.

I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free from Bethany House publishers in exchange for or my honest review.