|The Governess of Highland Hall|
Multnomah Publishing, Oct. 2013
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
Historical Romance At Its Finest!
In The Governess of Highland Hall, author Carrie Turansky has crafted a wonderful Edwardian era novel set in England; replete with dashing lords and ladies and opulent mansions with magnificent décor…nonetheless behind those ornate doors also lurk secrets, pain, and hidden passions.
A missionary in India, Julia Foster has returned to England because of her father's illness and procures a position as governess of Highland Hall, a wealthy estate owned by the handsome, brooding widower, Sir William Ramsey. Julia's job is to care for William's children and his deceased cousin's two teenage girls. Doing so is quite a challenge as the baronet seems to be cold and withdrawn towards his own children and distrusts women, and the girls are openly rebellious towards her.
As Julia befriends William's lovely but crippled sister, Sarah, who is keeping a deep secret from her brother, she also begins to endear herself to the children. But what dark secret is William carrying inside and how can he save Highland Hall from financial ruin? Although his fondness towards Julia begins to turn to love…will he marry another with wealth to save not only Highland Hall but his reputation as well?…for to marry a governess is quite unacceptable for a man of his social standing.
This heartwarming novel, reminiscent of a cross between Jane Eyre and Jane Austen, will grab the reader from page one and not let go until the satisfying conclusion. This is one of those books where one falls so in love with the characters that it is extremely difficult to let them go! And this novel not only has one romantic plot, but two more romantic subplots which will break and also delight the reader's heart and cause several sighs (and tears!) to escape while reading. William is perfect as the brooding hero, but I couldn't stand this stuffed shirt at first until I got a chance to see his heart underneath of it! Beautifully written and well researched, I highly recommend this wonderful novel!!
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