Monday, October 7, 2013
The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky was a very enjoyable read. I finished it in two days, practically read it from start to finish. It was addictive, almost like the literary version of Downton Abbey!
Julia Foster is a young missionary from India who finds herself seeking employment at Highland Hall, a majestic estate worlds away from the simple life she has always led. Julia works diligently as a governess and finds that as time passes she is falling in love with not only the estate, but with her employer and his children. The social and financial implications that follow threaten to destroy Highland Hall and the cozy security that Julia has found. As she leans on her faith, Julia finds that true comfort and security can only be found in trusting Jesus.
The Governess of Highland Hall was such an entertaining novel. I would highly recommend it, especially to those who enjoy romantic historical fiction. Turansky does a remarkable job of transporting the reader to 1900s England. Her descriptive details are magnificent, and I often found myself daydreaming about the gorgeous gardens, cavernous hallways and opulent surroundings of Highland Hall. There are many secondary characters with fabulous story lines. Catherine, the Lady of Highland hall, has a particularly interesting plot line that nicely compliments the romance between Julia and William. I throughly enjoyed learning about all the servants and their respective duties. Every time I sat down to read I couldn't help looking forward to experiencing another holiday, meal, or romantic encounter with the characters of this novel. Reading fiction is sometimes an escape from the mundane stresses of every day life, and The Governess of Highland Hall is a perfect example of an exciting literary getaway. Turansky's novel includes elements of intrigue, suspense, tension, romance and heartwarming happiness. I can't wait to read book two in this series and be carried back to Highland Hall!
Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.