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The Governess of Highland Hall (#01 in Edwardian Brides Series)

Carrie Turansky
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The Governess of Highland Hall (#01 in Edwardian Brides Series)

Carrie Turansky
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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?

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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?

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Carrie Turansky

Carrie Turansky lives in New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have been married for over thirty years and have five young adult children and two grandsons. Carrie leads women's ministry at their church and teaches Bible studies. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and walking around the lake near their home. Carrie and her family spent one year in Kenya as missionaries, giving them a passion for what God is doing around the world. Carrie's website is: www.carrieturansky.com.

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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?

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Fantastic
4 stars By Victoria, Jan 31 2016
Love this book, set in a fasinating era. Would highly recommend this series.
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Fantastic
4 stars By Victoria, Jan 31 2016
Love this book, set in a fasinating era. Would highly recommend this series.
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The Governess of Highland Hall
3 stars By Jenny Skinner, Sep 03 2014
Carrie Turansky has captured life of the Edwardian Era. Staid butlers, controlling housekeepers, conniving young woman and difficult children, an opinionated governess and nervous under servants all with lives that are inextricably linked to the rise and fall of fortune of their employer, Sir William Ramsey. 
Life as a Governess in a household that strictly conforms to societies expectations is not easy for Julia Foster, newly arrived from missionary service in India. Accustomed to having an opinion that is valued by others she struggles to keep these to herself in her new role as Governess. Her heart is drawn to the struggles of Sir William and ideas form to help him but will he accept them? Julia tries not to analyse these feelings that burden her heart. Surely they come from her missionary background and desire to aid those in need? 
The Governess of Highland Hall is an enjoyable read, not exciting and a little predictable, but lovely all the same with a satisfying ending.
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For fans of Downton Abbey (isn't that everyone?)
5 stars By Iola, Oct 18 2013
Illness has forced the Foster family to return to England from their missionary school and orphanage in India. Julia gains employment at Highland House, the home of Sir William Ramsay, as governess to his children, Andrew and Millicent, and to his teenage cousins and wards, Katharine and Penelope. 

Sir William is looking for a governess who won't mind staying in the country, because he has only recently inherited Highland Hall, and the death duties are placing a lot of financial pressure on him. Julia hasn't told him she plans on returning to India with her family as soon as her father is well again, and as she spends more time at Highland Hall, getting to know Sir William and his family, she has to rethink her future plans.  

The story and characters captured my attention from the start. I like an intelligent heroine who isn't afraid to have her own opinions, so I liked Julia. William was a man with many troubles, but made a fitting hero. I liked the romantic subplot featuring Sarah, William's sister, and I liked the Christian aspect of the story-Julia, especially, has a strong Christian faith. 

The novel combines elements of classic British fiction like Jane Eyre with the Edwardian era, currently made fashionable by the TV series Downton Abbey. The Governess of Highland Hall is the first of a trilogy, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. Recommended.
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  • Catalogue Code 394034
  • Product Code 9781601424976
  • ISBN 1601424973
  • EAN 9781601424976
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Penguin Random House
  • Publication Date Oct 2013
  • Sales Rank #80395
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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