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.
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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.
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