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The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides Book 1)

By Carrie Turansky


Two worlds . . . one calling. Will Julia return to her missionary work in exotic India, or should she follow her heart and stay on as governess at the magnificent country estate of Sir William Ramsey?

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.

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

Book Takeaway:

I hope readers will feel as though they have been swept away to England in 1912, and they will enjoy the journey with my characters to a deeper faith, greater hope, and stronger love.


Year Title Description
2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist, Single Title inspirational category
2014 Judge A Book By It's Cover Contest Finalist
2014 ACFW Carol Award Finalist, Historical Romance

Why the author wrote this book:

After reading the biography of Amy Carmichael, I wondered what it would be like for a young missionary, who had been forced to return to England with her parents, to then be faced with a choice between returning to mission work or staying in England with the man she loved. I also have enjoyed the British TV series, Downton Abbey, and I wanted to write a story set in that time period that included both the upper class family who own a large country estate and the loyal staff who serve them.


"An amazing inspirational read with a Downton Abbey feel! I highly recommend this book!"
- Amanda on October 08, 2013

"An enjoyable romance set in early 20th Century England. Both main characters must decide God's leading in their lives and if it is possible that God intends for them to be together."
- Brittany on July 28, 2013

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