Monday, October 14, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall

I must admit, from the instant I saw the cover of this book, I was intrigued. It looked historical, and so I read the excerpt-
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.  
I was hooked. How would the author combine missionary work in India with Victorian England? So I read the book - and loved it. Julia interacted very well with the children, tried hard to teach them right for wrong, and
I felt like Julia was an easily identifiable character. Right from the start, she was headstrong and feisty, yet gentle and strong in her faith. I must confess, however, I was a little afraid the plot would be instantly guessable- ya know, the cliche governess falls in love with her employer, but can she win the children over? However, there were so many interesting details along the way that the plot wasn't dry or too familiar.
William was also an amazing character. You find yourself feeling sorry for him. His disloyal wife died and left to care for  two young children and he's the guardian for his deceased cousin Randolph’s two rebellious teenage girls. Plus, he's worried about his disabled sister Sarah and wild brother David. William is practically obsessed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. He wants to prove himself. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess. ;)

In my opinion, the best thing about the book was it's message. Many times in movies and books, the main theme in any relationship is to simply 'follow your heart'. This book stressed that you should follow God's heart. Would he be pleased with your future spouse?
I really recommend you read this!
Disclaimer-I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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