As a missionary to India with her family, Julia Foster loves the people she ministers to. A sudden turn of her father’s
health propels her family to return to London until her father gains full health. Julia takes a job as a governess to help
support her parents through the illness with hopes of returning to India very soon. Enter Sir William Ramsey, a widower and
the man who was thrown into the position of the baronet of Highland Hall after his brother in law dies. After going through
a myraid of governesses who have all quit because his children and nieces are seeming incorrigable, he finally finds Julia
who he desperately hopes will be what they need and fill a gap in their hearts for the mother they so desperately long for.
William has developed a protective distance from his children as they remind him of his first wife who was unfaithful to
him- he also has put a protective layering around his heart to protect him from ever being vulnerable to be in the
situation again. Julia tries to keep a business relationship with William, but as she encourages him to reach out to his
children as a father, she finds herself falling in love with him and he cannot help but feeling a tug on his heartstrings
as well. However, class separates them. Julia comes from a poorer family and his family has had affluence for generations.
Stuck with a death duty he cannot afford to keep, he finds himself wondering if he should really care for Julia or if he
should marry, Alice, young American girl who comes from a wealthy family to help pay the death duties.
Convinced by a maid who is jealous that Julia has helped William’s sister come to her rightful place as the mistress of
Highland, Julia leaves Highland to stop the feelings William had toward her and allow him to marry Alice. It all comes down
to the last few pages and keeps you on your seat wondering what will happen.
The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky is an excellent book that will wrap you up in the lives of these people who live in late 1800’s England. And even if you think you know what might happen in the book, it is still a page turner as
twists and turns are strategically placed in the book to draw the attention of the reader. I would highly recommend this
book for anyone who loves a good historical romance.
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