The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky is an excellent period piece set in England during the early 1900s. Much like Downton Abbey, Turansky shows the struggles and dynamics between the downstairs help and the family upstairs. Our main character, Julia, is stuck in the middle of that divide. As governess to the children and nieces of Sir William Ramsey, she walks the tightrope between staff and family. This is the opening of what comes to be a brilliant story crafted by Turansky.
While Julia is having her struggles to fit in, with jealous housemaids and romance between the help and the family they serve. Our other main protagonist, William, is also stuck in the middle of the divide. Due to the unexpected death of his cousin Randolph, William is suddenly a titled peer. Several of the servants are a bit unsettled with this new change, much like the Crawley’s he is unaccustomed to the changes that come with being a peer. Forced to give up his half of his fathers business (because no peer of the realm dabbles in business…) he is suddenly at a loss of how to work his estate and still have a purpose. In addition, with the imposed estate taxes, William is also concerned with how he will pay the estate taxes without losing or breaking up Highland Hall. Add to the mix his two nieces and their aunt who make life difficult, attempt to manipulate the staff, spend more lavishly than the property is able to provide. Will William be forced to marry a wealthy American Heiress or will he be able to find love with Julia? I will leave that to you to find out as you read.
Any fan of Downton Abbey will be enamored with this story. While reading it, you can almost feel as if you are there. The level of detail put in is extraordinary. I would highly recommend this book. As a result I am giving The Governess of Highland Hall 5/5 stars. I look forward to reading more in this series on the Edwardian time period.
I hope you take the time to read this book, feel free to share your comments!
I received this book for free in return for my honest review