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Publisher's Summary

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, 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 ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected. Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin's two teenage girls, William Ramsey is consumed with saving the estate from 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. 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?

©2013 Carrie Turansky (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A heartwarming tale." ( RT Book Reviews)

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a book I did not want to put down

a good story with an admirable heroine, more than one villain to hate, and an ending I could live with. and I did not have to sacrifice language, morals, or any other solid values. I would read more from this author and narrator, definitely!

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Absolutely loved this book!!

I absolutely loved this book! Great story! Sweet Romance and Inspiring walk with the Lord! Very enjoyable!

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Good story, not such a great narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Governess of Highland Hall the most enjoyable?

Good enjoyable story, and not ruined by too many Americanisms, as can be the problem with books of this genre by American authors.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I liked the story but was not so keen on the narrator, and I don't think a person with an Indian accent was such a great choice. I appreciate that one of the characters had lived in India, but I don't think she did a great job with the accents and the pronunciation.

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Good listen

Interesting storyline. Reminded me a lot of Downton Abby. My only complaint: Narrators interpretation of the male voices made them all sound like gruff old men instead of dapper gentlemen and she also struggled with an American accent. However, still very enjoyable and good story.

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  • Chris
  • Independence, MO, United States
  • 03-08-18

A Beautiful Christian Book...Truly a Treasure

This book brought wonder and peace to my soul as I read this beautiful Christian book about a governess in Edwardian England and the Baron who cherished her. A wonderful story.... Highly recommend!!!

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Wonderful Edwardian Romance!

I loved the story of the Governess and the family at Highland. Her love for the Lord was well written into the story and felt like it was just part of who she was, never "preachy." One of my favorite moments was when William came to Julia's parents house. That man certainly had a knack for misunderstanding things and letting his past cloud every good thing.

The narrator did an okay job. I didn't care for some of the accents, especially the American Alice.

I'm sure I will listen to or read this story again.

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Not what I expected

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I thought this book would be as interesting as another trilogy set I ordered along the same theme lines. Unfortunately it didn't hold my interest the same way. The reading was a little grinding on my senses. The overall theme kept me thinking of "The Music Man" and wondering where the author got their story line. I made the mistake and bought all three, now I need to try and return the other two. My recommendation is ONLY buy the first and if you like it, then buy the remaining ones. I should have taken my own advice.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very predictable.

What didn’t you like about Veida Dehmlow’s performance?

Her voice, while smooth listening in a female character, was irritating when trying to voice the male version. I really had a hard time listening to it.

Did The Governess of Highland Hall inspire you to do anything?

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Lovved it!!

Great story & excellent narator. Thank you for a clean heart warming book. Looking forward to the next bk in the series.

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wonderful christian book

this is a new author to me. I enjoyed it very much. what a relief to listen to a clean book without all the sex in it. I hope she writes many more. I have already called a couple friends who are book-a-holics like me. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Michael
  • Easley, SC, United States
  • 11-03-16

Sweet story but so predictable. Terrible narration

The overall message was good and I may have enjoyed it more with a different narrator. I actually had to speed it up to 1.25 just to listen. Others may not have a problem with this narrator, just my personal preference.