The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
Julia Foster, who served as a missionary with her parents in India for many years, takes a job as governess to the children and two orphaned nieces of the respectable Baron, Sir William Ramsey. Life at Highland Hall proves rewarding as Julia grows to love the children and forms a friendship with Sir William's sister, Sarah, but she is met with opposition from some of the staff. Julia intends to return to India when her father recovers from the illness that brought them back to England, but matters become much more complicated when she discovers she has feelings for her employer. Can Julia and William cross the social divide in the name of love, or will William's honor and his desire to save Highland Hall from financial ruin prevent the two from being together?
As a Downton Abbey fan, I found this book to be a mediocre read. The plot seemed circular and the writing, while decent, often resorted to clichés. The characters were likeable but I had a difficult time really sympathizing with them, though I did admire Julia's upright character and strong faith throughout. I'm sorry to say there was little that prompted me to keep on reading. It was okay, it just wasn't great. three out of five stars.