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?
I really enjoyed The Governess of Highland Hall. I was immediately drawn into the story and found that I didn’t want to put it down! I am a huge Downton Abby fan, and this book reminded me of that world in many ways. I loved how the author included different story lines from characters in the house from all walks of life. The reader really gets a glimpse of life at this particular moment in time at Highland Hall from a variety of perspectives. Julia was easy to connect with as a heroine. I found her to be strong in her beliefs, honest, and outspoken but not to the point of being rude or overbearing. Her faith was her foundation and it was a refreshing that she constantly prayed for wisdom when she struggled and seemed to always offer advice to others that would point them to Christ. Julia’s character remained constant throughout the story, she did not waiver in her faith or her desire to follow God’s direction for her life. William took a little warming up to for me. He was obviously hurting from circumstances in his past and he was allowing it to affect his life and relationships with his family. I loved how Julia’s consistent example and Godly counsel really helped him break down some of the barriers he had built up due to his past. In addition, there were also several servants and side characters,who with their own stories, added depth and interest to this book that kept my attention from start to finish! I would highly reccomend this book to any regency era or Downton Abby fan, it did not dissapoint! I have already checked out the next book in this series from the Library and cannot wait to read it!
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