Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review of "The Governess of Highland Hall"

Julia Foster has spent the last twelve years in India. Because of her father’s health, she and her parents are forced to return to England. Because of a need for money Julia is forced to find work as a governess. While she enjoys her work, not everything at Highland Hall is as it should be. The Baronet William Ramsey has some financial difficulties of his own. Will Julia be a help or a hindrance?

Readers who enjoy period books set in England, especially those by Lawana Blackwell, will enjoy this one as it has a similar style and feel.

I really enjoyed reading this story. One of the things I enjoyed was the characters, their differences, and how they worked them out. They were realistic and there were just the right number to keep up with. Another aspect I appreciated was that it was a truly clean read. It seems that lately I pick up a book that is labeled as Christian fiction only to be disappointed by inappropriate scenes and language. I don’t want to see or hear situations like that in real life let alone in what I’m reading.

A special thanks goes out to Carrie Turansky for sending me a copy of her book! I love getting to read books before other people! This book has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.

This book will be out October 15th. You can click below to pre-order a kindle or a print copy on Amazon.

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Born and raised in Oregon, my heart longs for tall evergreens, the rugged Oregon Coast, and the pristine Cascade Mountains. . but I presently live in beautiful, but very flat, central New Jersey. This is the Garden State, so we enjoy shopping at our local farmers’ market for sweet corn and juicy tomatoes or picking strawberries, blueberries, and peaches at local farms. We are close to Princeton University, Philadelphia, and New York City, so we sometimes take day trips in and enjoy museums, plays, and touring around.

I am married to Scott and we have five great kids, two lovely daughters-in-law, a wonderful son-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. My roles of wife, mother, and grandma are very rewarding and fulfilling for me. Scott and I partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church we helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends. Our ministry at Calvary has been very gratifying and exciting for us. We feel blessed to have the privilege of serving the Lord with these dear friends. If you would like to know more about Calvary Chapel Living Hope you may visit our website at http://www.takejesushome.com.

My husband is the author of several great parenting books filled with practical insight and godly wisdom. We invite you to visit our ministry website for parenting tips, articles, resources and much more. That web site is http://www.biblicalparenting.org.

I have been writing since 1999 and have published several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction is my passion, and I thank the Lord for all the creative ideas and characters He puts in my mind and heart. I am very thankful for friends and family who have believed in me and encouraged me on my writing journey.

When I’m not writing you will find me enjoying time with my family, working outside in my flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near our home.

You can connect with Carrie and order her books on her website at http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/books/.


  1. Hi Ruth, Thanks for reading and reviewing The Governess of Highland Hall! I appreciate your kind words, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.

  2. Ruth, I so agree with you about Carrie's characters! They are so real. Sometimes it's sad to think you can't just contact them to see how their doing or ask for advice. Great review!