Julia was a different type of heroine; I'd never read a fiction book where the main character was a missionary. I appreciated the example she gave of keeping the faith through thick and thin- so often our heroines give up, or simply get worn thin in their spiritual life, and we are to learn from their mistakes; Julia was a nice break from the norm, proving that, if leaning on Jesus- trusting in Him- and making Him our focus, we CAN pull through and not waver so drastically in our walk with Him.
There were so many situations, scenes, or just paragraphs in this story that conveyed such profound word pictures and spiritual lessons, in an everyday setting. (i.e., relationships, trust, faith, patience, keeping our attitudes and emotions in check, etc.)
The side story of Sarah and Clark was so sweet and adorable! I really liked them. ;)
Alice and David made excellent antagonists. They did their jobs well. -_-
Carrie did a great job at portraying Millie and Andrew as the young children they were without making them ridiculously baby"ish". ;P
I loved Julia's parents; I loved their relationship with each other, and with Julia. I thought it was neat how, even at 27, Julia understood her parents roles as her protectors, encouragement givers ;), and spiritual leaders for as long as she remained unmarried ~ she didn't view them as a burden or inconvenience. <3
The Governess was an inspiring, uplifting, intricate, and amazingly clean novel- and I'm so glad I read it when I did- it really encouraged me in many ways.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
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