The Governess of Highland Hall

Written by Carrie Turansky
Review by Amy Watkin

It’s 1911, and Julia Foster is back in England after 12 years of missionary work with her parents in India. Her father’s illness makes it necessary for Julia to find work, though she’s not sure she’s cut out for a governess position, especially for Sir William Ramsey, the new master of Highland Hall, and his two children and two cousins. Has her training in India prepared her for the conflicts over class, education, and inheritance that she will have to face at Highland Hall? Can her Christian upbringing carry her through unwanted advances from men, the scheming of those she thought were her friends, and resistance from her charges at Highland?

Historical romance readers familiar with Jane Eyre and Downton Abbey will feel at home in the world of Highland Hall, but it is important to note that, while Turansky’s work carries echoes of those predecessors, it stands on its own as a tale rich in character development, intrigue, love, and fascinating storylines of some of the minor characters. Turansky reflects both the time period and Julia’s Christianity with a light touch, allowing both to become underpinnings of plot and character without making the reader feel overwhelmed.