The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Julia Foster loves her parents, and helping them in their life’s calling.  Together they serve and care for young girls in India who are suffering under the caste system.  When her father falls seriously ill, the Foster family moves home to England.  Assuming responsibility for the financial situation, Julia takes a job as a governess.  She arrives at Highland Hall and finds two wealthy, but needy children, two sad and angry girls, and the withdrawn master, Sir William Ramsey.

Julia begins to make the mansion into a home in her quiet and gentle way.  She wins the hearts of the motherless children and reaches out to the older girls.  While William busies himself with saving the mansion from financial ruin, he moves farther and farther away from his own children.

The themes in this book were parent/child relationships and employer/employee relationships.  The  loving, caring relationship that Julia and her parents show and the sad, misunderstood one that William and his children have are both at odds for each other.  As Julia unknowingly serves as an example, William’s heart begins to change.  And when William fights the love his sister has for their gardener, he finds himself shocked when he learns he is falling in love with his children’s governess.

This was a sweet, wonderful story and I loved it.  A great relaxing read for night.  🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis

This book was not what I expected.  I was hoping for more history, mixed in with more quaint letter writing.  I was rather disappointed, to tell the whole truth, but it was still cute.

Sorting through the unsold belongings after the Alexander estate sale, Adam Colby is shocked to find a photo album filled with postcards and overflowing with a love story.  Reeling from a recent divorce, Adam is struck with the apparent love that Gabe and Pearl had for each other… even after 60 years.

Adam begins to hunt down clues and begins to understand what love is and what it means to be a couple devoted to each other.  For better or worse.  And while a dying Pearl waits for one last post card from Gabe – forgetting he’s been gone for years – Adam traces the story and finds a love that will never die.

I expected a more Christian theme to this book, and was rather disappointed.  And I was expecting a little more resolution to Adam’s life.  But, overall, I’ll give it 4 stars.

Rating: 4 out 5 stars