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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Romance Series
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)
ISBN: 1628993693
ISBN-13: 9781628993691
Series: Edwardian Brides

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

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  1. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Christian Romance
    June 18, 2016
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Miss Katherine Ramsey is in London for her first Season, and her aunt and sponsor has high hopes that shell make a brilliant marriage. But the longer Kate spends moving in the right circles, the more she questions the way things are doneparticularly the emphasis on marrying for position rather than affection, let alone marrying for love.

    I didnt like Katherine at firstshe seemed stupid and immature, but I suspect that was exactly the point. She was young, and she had led a sheltered life, and she had never had cause to question the standards shed been raised with. And while we can laugh at the shallowness of society in Edwardian London, we only have to watch a few minutes of reality television to see those same standards are alive and well in modern America and other countries.

    Jonathan Foster is training to be a doctor so he can return to India, where he was raised as the child of missionaries. But his calling doesnt seem as clear any moreLondon is also teeming with sick people too poor to afford a doctor. And London has the beautiful Miss Ramsey, who Jon is attracted to despite her lack of faith.

    This highlights one of the things I liked best about The Daughter of Highland Hall: the genuine faith of the Foster family and William Ramsey (Kates guardian). Youd think Christian fiction would be full of characters (Christian or not) wrestling with aspects of their faith, but that is rarely the case. The Daughter of Highland Hall is a welcome exception, and while the first half of the story was somewhat slow, the second half more than made up for it, as we watched characters grow in their faith and share it with others. I especially liked this speech from Lydia, Kates ladys maid:

    He knows what happened, and it breaks His heart. But all you need to do is confess it to Him and ask forgiveness. That wipes the slate clean.

    She goes on to talk about how our circumstances dont necessarily change when we become Christianswe still have the same baggage as before, the same results of our sinbut Jesus will carry that for us. Its a welcome message of redemption and grace, and while I dont want to go back to a time when every Christian novel had a preachy come-to-Jesus moment, its good to see novels where such scenes flow naturally out of the story.

    The Daughter of Highland Hall is the sequel to The Governess of Highland Hall, but can easily be read as a standalone novel (its so long since I read the first that I cant remember any of the details). But there were similarities in both stories: both had a bit of an Upstairs Downstairs or Downton Abbey feel, in that while the main plot was about the gentry, several significant characters were middle or working class.

    I enjoyed The Governess of Highland Hall, and I had been apprehensive about reading The Daughter of Highland Hall (which is why its taken me so long!). But I was pleased to find this was as good as the first in the series. Now to find the third . . .

    Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a free ebook for review.
  2. Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
    April 9, 2015
    MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Daughter of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides book 2****

    by Carrie Turansky

    Eighteen year old Katherine (Kate) Ramsey is making her debut in London society, in hopes of attracting a suitable husband. Her overbearing aunt, Lady Louisa Gatewood, is sponsoring her and has high hopes for Katherine. Kate soon finds she has two suitors and must decide which young man would best meet her needs. But will she follow her aunt's advice and marry for money and prestige or will she follow her heart and marry for love?

    Suitor Jon Foster is a medical student and is the brother to Julia Foster, now married to Sir William Ramsey. Jon has decisions to make of his own, whether to return to India after medical school and continue the ministry his parents, sister and he were committed to. Or does God have other plans for him here in London? I enjoyed getting to know Jon a little more, seeing into his heart and his strong faith.

    Suitor Edward Wellington is from a wealthy family and his parents hope he meets a suitable bride during the London season. A bride worthy of the Wellington name and fortune. But what of Edward, what does he want for a bride? Will he follow his parents wishes despite how he feels or will he follow his heart even if it divides the family?

    In book one of this series Kate was bratty and demanding, I didn't like her very much. In this second book we see Kate has begun to grow up and loose some of her former behavior. As she seeks her way during her London season, she begins to see how her life would be if she followed her aunt's overbearing guidance. She also sees possibly a different path she could take if she is brave enough to go against her aunt. I liked seeing Kate grow, not only in maturity, but in her faith and began seeking and allowing God to guide her in her life choices. I enjoyed how spiritual growth and the way God works in the characters lives are clearly shown in the story. There are subplots and secondary characters that reveal some surprising developments and shocking actions that are unsettling to the families. I am looking forward to read book 3, A Refuge of Highland Hall, in October this year.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well done sequel!
    February 26, 2015
    Maria
    The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky is the second book in the Edwardian Brides series. I really enjoyed this sequel! It was as good as the first one, and I'm looking forward to the next book. Plus, I liked still hearing about the characters from The Governess from Highland Hall.

    Katherine Ramsey is coming out into society sponsored by her overbearing aunt. Determined to be a success so she can snag a man of good social standing, Katherine finds that it is much harder to navigate the murky waters of society than she previously thought. From the beginning, everything went wrong, and it only went downhill from there. Will she be able to get any husband after her family's name has been tarnished? Discouraged and confused, Katherine learns to rely on God like never before.

    Jonathan Foster has come to stay at Sir William Ramsey's house while they are in London for the season. Attracted to Katherine's strength, humor, and honesty, he enjoys being able to socialize with her. But when he realizes he wants to be more than friends, Jonathan takes a step back to think and pray. Is she really saved, or is she a Christian in name only? And what of her desire to marry for social standing?

    Katherine wanted to have a great debut in society because it was expected, but when she realized the truth of her ambitions, she wasn't so sure that was what she wanted for her life. Being with Jonathan opened her eyes to the other side of the coin. While helping him at the free clinic, she came face to face to the reality of thousands of people in London especially the children. When her desires changed, she found true freedom for the first time in her life.

    If you like historical fiction set in Britain, you will like this series. I don't normally see books written in the early 1900s in England so it was a nice change from the Regency I normally read. I wish more authors would write from the normal average people in that time period, though. Not every rich persons marries someone poor or vice versa.

    I was given this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
  4. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    o:*:.BOOK 2 is ANOTHER WINNER.:*: o
    February 9, 2015
    Blue Jeans & Teacups
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book 2 picks up right where book # 1 left off and is every bit as wonderful. In case you missed my review of book 1, these stories remind us very much of Downton Abbey, but with a much softer, more spiritual feel.

    Opening in 1912 London, England, Julia and Sir William are now engaged and have moved the family to the Ramsey home for the season, where debutante Katherine Ramsey is due to make her debut. Under the guiding hand of her extremely forceful Aunt Louisa, she is learning the proper etiquette, making her way through invitations, sizing up potential suitors and attending parties, teas, art exhibits and balls, all with the end goal of marrying into a proper family.

    Julias brother Jon is finishing his medical training and comes to stay with them. There is immediate chemistry between Jon and Katherine, but he is not the right sort of match Aunt Louisa has in mind.

    Lydia has come along as a ladies maid. I picture her as Daisy from Downton Abbey, but with stronger faith. She ends up on an adventure of her own trying to help locate her missing sister Helen who has run away with her rowdy boyfriend Charlie Gibbons. She enlists the help of Jon and Katherine, mainly because she assists Katherine and Jon works in Londons East End, which is dangerous but may be a link to finding Helen.

    There are many enjoyable characters in this book and Katherine has many choices to make along the way as she navigates society and her own growing faith in God.

    Once again, this book is filled with faith and scripture; and is a TRUE Christian novel. Here is a favorite quote of mine from page #124:

    He placed one hand on the womans shoulder and the other on the boys and closed his eyes. Father, I come to You on behalf of Mrs. Cummings and her young son Peter. You see their situations, and You know exactly what they need. I ask You to watch over them and provide for them. Please help Peters arm heal properly and quickly. And please give Mrs. Cummings the strength she needs to care for her family. We ask You to show Your great love and power in their lives. Thank You for hearing our prayer. Well be watching and waiting for Your answer. We ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

    Isnt that lovely? I love how she capitalizes You when referring to the Lord. I do that too! Also, she gives the reader a biblical example of how to pray see Mathew 6:6-13 and Ephesians 5:20 first approaching the Father, and then asking in Jesus name. This was something I had to learn, and am happy to see in this writing.

    I again read this story in just a couple of days and recommend it to anyone who enjoys faith filled period romances.

    I can not wait for Book 3 which is set to release October 2015.



    5 out of 5 teacups toasting!

    Things that are included: Readers Guide (which I never use)

    Complete Edwardian Brides Series:

    The Governess of Highland Hall (Book 1- 2013)

    The Daughter of Highland Hall (Book 2 - 2014)

    A Refuge at Highland Hall (Book 3 - 2015)

    Carrie is very sweet and approachable online.

    I received a copy as a birthday gift and opinions are my own.

    2014 Multinomah Books a Div. of Random House

    326 Pages

    Read: 02/05-07/2015 Reviewed: 02/09/2015
  5. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Daughter of Highland Hall
    January 10, 2015
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Daughter of Highland Hall, by Carrie Turansky, is the second book in the Edwardian Brides series. Following its predecessor, The Governess of Highland Hall, this book tells the story of Katherine Ramsey, now a debutante in the London social season.

    Katherine, with her Aunt Louisas assistance, is determined to have a successful London season, ending with a proposal from a wealthy Englishman who can provide her with a title and the life she deserves. But when Jonathan Foster comes to reside in their London home while visiting his sister, Julia, Katherines priorities begin to change. The wealthy men she meets at balls and parties expect nothing of her except beauty and social standing. But Jonathan takes her to volunteer in the medical clinic of the poorest part of London, and she begins to understand that life is more than parties and wealth.

    I enjoyed reading this book. Both Katherine and Jonathan were faced with the decision that most of us face in life. What does God expect of us? Do we follow the expected path, or take a chance on the path God leads us toward? The book is set in 1912, but it presents many of the same challenges people face today. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
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