Sunday, June 12, 2016
Book Review: "The Governess of Highland Hall," by Carrie Turansky
About 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 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 over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall's future?
Many books written in the Christian fiction genre feel like they were written as a mainstream novel first, and then a few Scripture passages or incidents of prayer were thrown in to make the book qualify as Christian fiction. Fortunately, that is not the case with Carrie Turansky's books. A pastor's wife and women's ministry leader, her books are infused throughout with scenes demonstrating the characters' faith and relationship with God. In The Governess of Highland Hall, we have no doubt that Julia's faith is an integral part of who she is and all that she does. And we can clearly see why Sir William would be attracted to Julia's faith-filled ways after being married to a woman who didn't love him and betrayed her marriage vows. Julia would be the perfect wife and mother of his children -- if she weren't poor and working as a servant. It was interesting to see the characters struggle to resist their growing attraction in light of society's expectations and William's need to marry a woman of wealth who could help support the estate he's inherited. I really enjoyed the storyline and well-developed characters in The Governess of Highland Hall and hope to read more of Turansky's books.
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of nearly a dozen 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 wth her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor, and the author of several parenting books.
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