THE GOVERNESS OF HIGHLAND HALL by Carrie Turansky
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?
Author Carrie Turansky's "Edwardian Brides" series begins with "The Governess of Highland Hall", which features a most appealing heroine in an early twentieth-century setting. Julia Foster is a young woman of spirit, great heart, and a deep abiding faith. She loved working alongside her parents as missionaries to young girls in India. After more than a decade abroad, her father's failing health forces the family to return to England. Julia knows that she must find a suitable employment position as soon as possible to provide for the care of her parents. All of her hopes lie with being accepted as governess to Highland Hall. On her way up the lane to her interview at the great house, she has an abrupt, inauspicious meeting with a man she presumes to be the chauffeur for the manor house. She is soon mortified to learn that the man was no servant, but the lord of the manor himself, William Ramsey, a widower. Despite their differences, William hires Julia as governess to his to young children, and also to his two young female cousins. William had inherited Highland Hall from a distant cousin, the father of the two teenaged girls, and he also inherited the responsibility for their care. What he had not counted on was the disrepair and debt that came along with his inheritance. Julia had only been told of the two younger children, and not the young ladies for which she would be responsible. As Julia lays spiritual and emotional groundwork to bring the family together and set them on the right course, William works to repair the estate and its finances. There are sparks between them, and a mutual respect and friendship grows in tentative measure. Could there be deeper, more lasting relationship in their future, or will William be forced to find a fortuitous society match in order to secure the future of Highland Hall and its residents? A wonderfully-written, inspiring historical romance from author Carrie Turansky.
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Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eleven inspirational romance novels and novellas. Her latest releases are Snowflake Sweethearts, A Man To Trust, and Surrendered Hearts. Her next book will be The Governess of Highland Hall, releasing 10/13. She has been a winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five young adult children and three grandchildren. She and her family served in Kenya as missionaries, giving them a passion for what God is doing around the world. Carrie leads women's ministry at her church, and she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and Family. You may contact her through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her website: www.carrieturansky.com.