Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Governess of Highland Hall
After spending the last 12 years in India with her missionary parents, serving as a governess on a wealthy estate could not be a more different life for Julia Foster. And yet, Julia finds that perhaps she can still guide hearts to God even though she isn't technically in the mission field.
When her father's illness takes a turn for the worse, Julia and her parents are forced to leave their mission post behind in the hopes of returning once her father is cared for and returns to full health. Taking on a governess job to help pay the bills, Julia is soon drawn into the lives of her four charges and that of the staff around her. As she draws closer to her four pupils, she finds herself falling for the master of the hall. Even though Sir William Ramsey finds himself drawn to the spirited young woman, he is pressed to come up with money to fund the repairs on the estate he has recently inherited from a cousin. Seeing marriage to a woman with a large dowry seems the only way he can afford to make the repairs. Will love win over duty?
I found this book to be well written, not to mention engrossing. It sweeps one into the story and time period, as well as the lives of Julia and the others who live in the manor. I especially liked that the story was told from several different view points and that it has strong secondary characters.