November 05, 2013
Book Review: The Governess of Highland Hill by Carrie Turansky
Miss Julia Foster is the daughter of missionaries. Growing up in India, she cannot imagine anywhere else she would rather live. When she is forced to become a governess due to her father’s sickness, she tries her best to fit in, despite being above the staff and below the family. When her feelings towards the children’s father start to grow, she fears that he does not reciprocate her feelings. Will she be able to make the right decision before she abandons the country?
I liked this book really well. Give me any well-written book that talks about the unique relationship between the staff and family, and I will read it! I loved the unique scenario of a brother and sister both falling in love with someone outside of their social class. The author, Carrie Turansky, did a beautiful job describing the characters and settings. The only thing about the book I did not like was the unbelievably hast resolve. There was barely enough climax. That said, I know that most publishers don’t like books to be more than about 400 pages, so I think the tradeoff was still a good one. I do not know if the author is planning on writing a sequel, but if she is, she can count me in as one of the first to buy it!
Overall, this book was a good one, filled with lighthearted romance and beautiful descriptions, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Downton Abbey, or anyone who loves books in the English countryside.