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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.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Edwardian Brides
The Governess of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides Series #1Carrie TuranskyMultnomah Books / 2013 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 103 Reviews Video
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"In The Daughter of Highland Hall, Carrie Turansky sweeps readers back into the early nineteen hundreds, to the glamour of London society as well as the desperate world of those struggling to survive in Londons East End. This beautiful story is filled with endearing characters who will steal your heart and surprises that will keep you engrossed until the very end."
Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and The Courier of Caswell Hall
"From Londons East End to the royal presentation court, Carrie Turansky pulls back the curtain on Edwardian England in this sweeping new drama. The Daughter of Highland Hall will delight romance fans as well as those who like a peek behind the scenes into the lives of the elite and the people who serve them. A delight from the first page to the last."
Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and The Hatmakers Heart
"Giving vivid entry into an Edwardian England setting, from genteel ballrooms to the gritty streets of Londons East End, author Carrie Turansky has created a cast of multilayered, delightfully written characters I found engaging from beginning to end. The Daughter of Highland Hall is at its heart a story of personal courage, one sure to please fans of Turanskys The Governess of Highland Hall, as well as readers coming fresh to the series with this book."
Lori Benton, author of Burning Sky and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
"From first line to last, The Daughter of Highland Hall is a sumptuous Edwardian feast, brimming with romance, history, and spiritual truths. Society and its glitter fade away as what truly matters comes into play. A delightful addition to the Edwardian Brides series!"
Laura Frantz, author of Loves Fortune
"The Daughter of Highland Hall sweeps readers back to historic London where a cast of endearing characters work toward a heart-stirring cause. With excitement happening both upstairs and down, this charming romance is a beautiful addition to Carrie Turanskys Edwardian Brides series and a reminder that the greatest joys can arrive in the unlikeliest of ways."
Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of the Cadence of Grace series
"A debutante. A medical missionary. Two disparate worlds. The Daughter of Highland Hall celebrates Gods ability to open eyes and soften hearts."
Mona Hodgson, author of nearly forty books for adults and children, including the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series, the Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song
"The Daughter of Highland Hall is a compelling Edwardian love story that crosses class divides, where characters learn that snagging a titled and wealthy spouse is not the first concern of life. Carrie Turanskys meticulously researched and beautifully written novel lifts the heart, drawing the reader closer to Christ and reminding her of the possibilities of a faithdriven marriage. Characters that inspire readers to rekindle their romance with the Lord of life as well as with their own husband… How many books can do that?"
Cathy Gohlke, Christy Awardwinning author of Promise Me This and Band of Sisters
KateBSeattle, WA5 Stars Out Of 5INSPIRING HISTORICAL TALE!March 1, 2017KateBSeattle, WAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've read all three novels in Carrie Turansky's Edwardian Bride series, and once again the author succeeds in delivering a compelling and inspiring tale set in England near the turn of the twentieth century. Her words bring life to the pages, with memorable characters, sumptuous scenes, and heart-wrenching conflict as a lovely young debutante must decide the course of her life amidst the glitter and grandeur of a first London Season. Must she choose, or can she have it all? As I stayed up late reading to the last page to find out, my spirits were lifted at the reminder of God's unconditional love for us all and His offer of wisdom and guidance to those who seek Him through prayer. The Daughter of Highland Hall is a lovely story that will linger in my mind and heart for some time. I look forward to reading more from Carrie Turansky!
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Don't Miss this one!December 17, 2016alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Daughter of Highland Hall is the second book in the Edwardian Brides Series although you could read this as a stand alone.
Kate Ramsey has nothing on her mind except finding a rich husband in her first season in society. With her debut just days away, her family has invited Jonathan Foster stay with them and in spending time with Jonathan, Kate realizes, much to her Aunt's dismay, that there is much more to life than a rich husband and polite society.
Jonathan Foster is about to finish his medical training to become a missionary doctor, but as the time draws near, he finds that the path that he always believed he would take is now not so clear, especially after meeting the lovely Kate Ramsey. and wrestling with what God about He wants him to do.
Kate was easily my favorite character, she goes from being a whiney, self-centered girl into a spirited young woman who begins to understand and believe who God says He is and feels His pull on her life to move in a different direction then what people expect especially in the face of great opposition.
Jon and Kate made a delightful couple. They worked well together and had wonderful chemistry that was natural and flowed easily. I could easily picture them as a real couple.
The other relationship worth noting is Lydia and Kates. Lydia, being Kates ladies maid and although they each knew their boundaries within society, in private they became good friends, even to the point that Lydia shares her concerns and fears about her missing sister and Kate agrees to help as much as she can. Lydia is also a great woman of faith and is able to have conversations and answer questions that Kate has about God.
I thought that this was an exceptional book, well researched for historical settings and behavior. It was a character driven book and those characters were well written and well defined.
I give this a 4.5 star and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Christian RomanceJune 18, 2016IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Miss 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.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie TuranskyApril 9, 2015MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
Maria4 Stars Out Of 5Well done sequel!February 26, 2015MariaThe 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.
Author: Carrie Turansky
Located in: New Jersey
Submitted: September 13, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm the author of more than a dozen inspirational romance novelas and novellas and the winner of The ACFW Carol Award, The International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Readers often say my books are heartwarming, faith-filled, and family centered, and I appreciate that. When I'm not writing I like to work in my flower gardens, spend time with my family, arrange flowers for special events. I've taken two wonderful research trips to England so I could give my stories an authentic feel.
What was your motivation behind this project? This is book 2 in the Edwardian Brides Series, and it continues the story of the Ramsey family as they travel to London for Kate's first season as a debutante. I wanted to explore what life was like for young aristocratic women who were coming of age and moving toward marriage in the Edwardian time period.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will feel as though they've been carried away to England and transported back to 1912 to enjoy an inspiring, pure romance. I also hope as they identify with Kate and Jon they will think about their own lives and choices they make as they look to their future.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I loved learning more about the work done among the poor in London during this time by faithful Christians. I have a heart for orphans, and wove that theme into the story.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There are many authors I enjoy reading. A few of my favorite historical authors are Cathy Gohlke, Julie Klausen, Sarah Ladd, Julie Lessman, and Julianne Donaldson.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Each of the books in this series stand alone, but I think readers will enjoy starting with book 1, The Governess of Highland Hall, and seeing how the characters interact and grow through the years. Blessings and Happy Reading!