The following is a reposting of my original review of The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky. It is a wonderful book…both a beautiful story and a beautiful cover! After the interview, please read on as there are many opportunities going on in the next couple of weeks to win copies of the book, as well as gift baskets full of goodies. There will also be an online Facebook Chat party going on that will have prizes as well. This will be hosted by Carrie Turansky with special guests, Joanne Bischof and Julie Lessman!
The Governess of Highland Hall is a beautiful romance set in England in the early 1900′s. Fans of Downton Abbey will appreciate the wonderful descriptions of the estate, as well as the many people who live and work there. I truly enjoyed the descriptions of both the wealthy family members living in Highland Hall and the servants working there.
The story begins as Julia Foster, who has returned to England after serving as a missionary in India, is hired to be the governess of Sir William Ramsey’s two young children. William has a lot on his plate after inheriting this large estate and all of the debts and taxes due on it. He is highly concerned with trying to raise the money needed to pay the “death duties” and keep Highland in the family.
Julia is governess not only to William’s two young children, but also must help guide his two teenage nieces. Katherine is the older niece and will be going to London soon for her season. She is quite a handful and very resentful that William is in charge of Highland and her life. Penelope is the younger niece and is not as resentful, but does follow the lead of her older sister.
Fans of Christian romance will enjoy discovering if a governess and the master of a large estate could ever bridge the societal gap that lies between them and find true love. This is just an all around good read. The characters are interesting, with a sweet side story about William’s sister, Sarah. Some good old-fashioned scheming by some of the servants add some tense moments to the story, as well.
I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have written. All opinions expressed are my own.
The following are the events and giveaways that are being held in celebration of the book release:
(images and text used with permission from Carrie Turansky’s blog)
If you live in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania, please join us on Sunday, October 13th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm for a Book Launch Tea Party at the Crosswicks Community House, 480 Main Street, Crosswicks Chesterfield Township, NJ 08515. We will serve English Tea treats, take photos, I’ll do a reading, and autographed books will be available for purchse. We are giving away this Downton Abbey-Tea themed gift basket pictured below! Each guest will take home a unique teacup and saucer. Please RSVP so we have enough food for all: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is welcome to join us on Tuesday October 15th for an Online Facebook Book Launch Party, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern time. It will be a Livestream video chat from my Author Page (look for the bright red Livestream button under where you like the page to connect to the event). I’ll be giving you the behind the page info on The Governess of Highland Hall, answering your questions, and giving away copies of the book and some fun prizes including Downton Abbey DVDs, Calendars, and Cookbook, plus teacups! Authors Julie Lessman and Joanne Bischof will be calling in as my special guests, and they will be giving away copies of their books too! Please RSVP for the Facebook Party, and we will send you a reminder so you don’t miss the fun and prizes!
Enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter on Carrie’s page to win one of three gift baskets!