Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: The Governess of Highland Hall

Book Description:

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? - See more at:

 My Review:

This was an easy-to-read and fairly fast moving book. I found the characters to be interesting and engaging. There was just enough description to help the reader visualize the scene without being heavy on minute details. I enjoyed the occasional twists in the plot that kept the story interesting.

However, I couldn't help but feel that this storyline has been done too many times. From Jane Eyre to The Silent Governess the story of the caught-between-upstairs-and-downstairs governess and the strong but somewhat sensitive master of the house has already been done, and done very well. While the former missionary aspect is new, there really wasn't much else to set this book apart from the others.

I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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