“Let this encourage God’s holy people to endure persecution patiently and remain firm to the end, obeying his commands and trusting in Jesus” Revelations 12:12
This first book of the Edwardian brides series was a great read, the England setting only made it even more interesting. The book starts of with Julia Foster returning to her homeland after living in India as a missionary with her parents for twelve years. She’s come to feel of India as her home and is sad to leave it, but with her father in poor health and only getting worse she must go and secure a job to help her family. With times getting harder we come more to rely on our families and working together with them as we use to, and as I see it helps bring us closer together. Julia’s faith in God is aspiring and helps remind me to be strong in my faith, and that God is with us every step of our lives. Though it is not to say Julia, and many other characters in this story, didn’t have their wavering moments when they began to lose their faith in Him, as we all do at some point in our lives.
Once Julia arrives at highland she meets a very irritable man fixing a motor car, little did Julia know this man was her employer, and she did not learn this until after completing the first part of the interview with Mrs. Emmitt. She felt bad for not holding her tongue, though the man had been as Julia herself put it “entirely too familiar and too rude with your words.” And in that time period in England it was a tad un-proper for him to address her in that way. Now when she learned this man’s true identity she expected to not get the job, but Sir William liked her honesty, so she received the position of Governess.
“If you keep your mouth shut you will stay out of trouble. Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance.” Proverbs 21:23-24
Sir William’s cousins Katharine and Penelope lost their father not even a year ago, and it turns that Sir William would inherit the estate of Highland and become their guardian, neither knew how to react, but Katharine soon learned. The two young women began challenging him at every turn, faking illness to not come downstairs when called for scripture reading, yet going out horse back riding a few hours later, visiting their friends, whatever caught their fancy. When Sir William they will now have a governess Katharine is not pleased, and the sister’s fight her authority every step of the way. One day while working on their entrance, for this will be Katharine’s first season in London, Sarah, Sir William’s sister, and Julia playfully and innocently jest about their awkward first attempts, Katharine overhears and does not take kindly to it. She lashes out at Sarah the most, aiming horrible words at her heart about her crippled arm. Words can take the form of a sword, and cut deeply, this book shows how words can be used in such a way, and the damage they can so easily cause. But God has his ways, and even though Sarah was hurt and believed every cruel Katharine said God proved that He was there, and they she is loved.
“But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Habakkuk 2:3
This verse applies greatly to the book, sometimes we don’t know what God’s plans are for us, and waiting patiently is a great struggle we all must face. Waiting for the right person to come into your life or waiting for the world to crash under your feet God always has a plan for us, and he will not let us fall. He will work His way into your heart, even with your faith is being greatly tested trust in Him, and He will get you through it. Please read this wonderful book that I recommend to everyone.