Monday, July 29, 2013

"The Governess Of Highland Hall" by Carrie Turansky

"The Governess Of Highland Hall" by Carrie Turansky is definitely a 5 star book, but I wish I could give it many more.  This is book 1 of the Edwardian Brides series. If you're a fan of DownAbbey,then this is a book for you.  I am now a fan of Carrie Turansky. And if I wasn't already a fan of Downton Abbey this book would make me want to watch it and become a fan.

I could see the scene in my mind as I read this book. The descriptions were very well detailed without being overstated.

This is a story about faith, love and a story about the rich and the not so rich.

The story begins as Julia interviews for the job as the governess for two children and two young ladies, who are all motherless.  I was hooked from the first paragraph, when Julia met the man standing at the car, I knew who I wanted that man to be and I was glad to find out he was the person I wanted him to be.

Julia and William both have secrets from the past and are afraid to love again.  But attraction is there almost from the beginning of their meeting. Julia has been a missionary in India helping her parents. But her father becomes ill so they have to return to England and she has to take a job to help support her family.William has inherited Highland Hall and also his two nieces.Along with Highland Hall, William has inherited debts and repairs and the death tax (inheritance tax) and is consumed with paying it all. Along with all this he has to pay for a season of London for his niece.

William is bitter and allows no relationships between the servants and the members of his family but there is a  secrets that he will find out about and I am glad it came out and am happy at the way the secret ended up as I believe most readers of Christian romances will be. He doesn't like relationships between staff members either but again there is another secret. How will it all end?

Julia is a faithful Christian and daughter to her parents, but she is honest and not afraid to speak her mind. Her truthful words have caused trouble for her with William and the other staff members.

This is also a story about friendships and family relationships. It is also about how people (in this case, the staff) uses tricks and lies to get what they want.

I knew how I wanted this book to end but I wasn't sure it was gonna end that way till the end. I certainly was surprised at some of the twists in this book took.

Does love end up winning in this book? What happens to Highland Hall ? Does Julia stay governess till the children are grown?  I know the answers and the answers to more  questions and if you read the book you will to!

I was given ARC copy by the author for my honest review.
The book will be on sale Oct 15.

Born and raised in Oregon, my heart longs for tall evergreens, the rugged Oregon Coast, and the pristine Cascade Mountains. . but I presently live in beautiful, but very flat, central New Jersey. This is the Garden State, so we enjoy shopping at our local farmers’ market for sweet corn and juicy tomatoes or picking strawberries, blueberries, and peaches at local farms. We are close to Princeton University, Philadelphia, and New York City, so we sometimes take day trips in and enjoy museums, plays, and touring around.
I am married to Scott and we have five great kids, two lovely daughters-in-law, a wonderful son-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. My roles of wife, mother, and grandma are very rewarding and fulfilling for me. Scott and I partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church we helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends. Our ministry at Calvary has been very gratifying and exciting for us. We feel blessed to have the privilege of serving the Lord with these dear frineds. If you would like to know more about Calvary Chapel Living Hope you may visit our website at
My husband is the author of several great parenting books filled with practical insight and godly wisdom. We invite you to visit our ministry website for parenting tips, articles, resources and much more. That web site is
I have been writing since 1999 and have published several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction is my passion, and I thank the Lord for all the creative ideas and characters He puts in my mind and heart. I am very thankful for friends and family who have believed in me and encouraged me on my writing journey.
When I’m not writing you will find me enjoying time with my family, working outside in my flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near our home.
You can connect with Carrie and order her books on her website at


  1. Enjoyed your review and agree with your statement that "I could see the scene in my mind as I read this book. The descriptions were very well detailed without being overstated." I loved how clear the pictures of the estate and how everything worked were in my mind.

  2. Thanks Debbie, this is a lovely and well-written review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate you taking time to read the book and reivew it for your blog readers and friends.

  3. What a heartfelt review, Debbie! I could tell you loved Carrie's book.