When her father’s poor health forces the Foster family back to England, Julia Foster must help support her loved ones. Her quest leads her to Highland Hall where she takes up a position of governess. Although she is physically in England Julia’s heart lingers in India. She longs for the day when she will be able to return and continue mission work. But for now she must content herself to care for Sir William Ramsey’s children and flamboyant cousins. It’s a task easier said than done. Especially when she is employed by such a moody man. What on earth is that drives Sir William to be so sour?
William isn’t sure what to make of the new governess. She’s headstrong, honest and willing to speak her mind but it seems that every time he turns around someone is placing some sort of complaint against her whether it is based on falsehood or not. Yet it’s difficult to imagine that she could be as horrible as some of the staff and his own family are saying. But then again he was deceived once before and that had been most painful. He cannot allow it to happen again.
What a great tale! I didn’t want it to end and so you can imagine how I feel about the release of the upcoming book. Cannot. Wait. Being a person who possesses a good bit of interest in the Edwardian Era this was just the type of book I was looking for; it was clean, the characters solid, the tensions and issues believable, the setting superb. As another reviewer has noted the children were very realistic in the story, at least from a modern-day viewpoint. I imagine upper-class children of that era, not all but most, would have been a wee bit more reserved. How nice that an author actually took the care to give the children a personality. And then there’s the cover. I’ve been drooling over the fancy cover art for a month or two now and was ecstatic to have gotten the chance to read The Governess of Highland Hall. Carrie Turanksy opens the story with characters one immediately is drawn to and ends with a bang. I think there was very little about it that I found disappointing other than the fact that it wasn’t drawn out longer (and it was just over 300 pages)! Why couldn’t Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady have been as good as this? That book had so many pages and such boring content…
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