Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall Book Review

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About the Book
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 Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the 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? (Goodreads)

My Review
I picked this book because of the cover. Ever since Downton Abbey hit the screens writers have gone crazy with the Edwardian time period. Since there are multiple books with this same setting I was not sure what to expect. 
This book was surprisingly good I enjoyed the children in the book and Julia drove me crazy sometimes but is a good character. While this book is very predictable, I enjoyed how the story played out. The most unique part of this book is the fact that Julia's family were missionaries in India for many years, I don't think that was extremely common, especially for a woman of her age. 
Since Julia was a missionary she has a very strong belief in her faith in God and does not hesitate in telling people so. This author tied in the Christian faith very well with this story line. 

In any case this is a good read for those who like the Edwardian time period. 

"I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for free in exchange for an honest review."

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