Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky (Blog Tour + Review)

The Daughter of Highland Hall
by Carrie Turansky
Edwardian Brides series, Book 2
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available October 2014
WaterBrook Multnomah
336 pages



About the Book
What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.

My Thoughts
I'm a huge fan of historical stories set in the late-1800s or early 1900s. I'm never truly sure if that's Gilded Age, Edwardian period, Regency, or what, but I love reading about those periods because it's so different from today. I enjoyed reading Carrie Turansky's first novel in the Edwardian Brides series earlier this year and was excited to pick up the story with The Daughter of Highland Hall

I loved reading about Katherine's debut season. The idea of being presented into society just fascinates me, and I felt like I learned a lot from this novel. She's a very likeable character, and it was interesting to see how she handled this time in her life. 

There's a lot going on in this book, with multiple story lines and points of view. At times, I wanted to stick with one thing to see how it would go, but this really did help round out the book. The faith message was strong in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed how these truths came through so clearly through the telling of the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Daughter of Highland Hall. It's a wonderful period romance that I definitely recommend!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of nearly a dozen novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweethearts and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award and the International Digital Award. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books.

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