The Governess of Highland Hall, by Carrie Turansky, is a charming novel. It is the first book in the Edwardian Brides series. Set in Berkshire, England, in 1911, this novel addresses the issues revolving around crossing the class system in place at the time. It also causes one to pause and think about whether or not he is pursuing God’s will or his own.
Julia Foster has returned to England after several years of missionary work in India with her parents. In order to help support her parents due to her father’s illness, she accepts a position as a governess at Highland Hall. Her presence there soon turns the entire household upside down. She encourages true love. She shares her faith and her prayers. She is kindhearted toward everyone. But her dream of returning to India may not be God’s will for her life as she had planned. He may have other plans for her.
I enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were very personable and could relate to many of them. I especially liked the fact that all of the characters showed some very human flaws and vulnerabilities. This is truly a wonderful tale of choosing God’s will over our own, whatever our social standing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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