THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL
(Edwardian Brides Series Book II)
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.
What can I say that has not already been said in prior reviews regarding Carrie Turansky’s captivating story about Kathryn, The Daughter of Highland Hall? How can Ms. Turansky always be at her best with each novel that she writes? I really adored this book! It has been quite a while since I read the first book in this series, and I had double the fun of re-reading parts of The Governess of Highland Hall – about William and Julia to refresh my mind and it picked up right where this book left off.
It is now April 1912 in London, England and the young teenager Katherine Ramsey is preparing for her presentation before the King and Queen of England, followed by her debut. Where Katherine behaved as a bratty kid in the previous novel, it appears that she and Julia have come to a new understanding of congeniality. Of course, when a woman like Lady Louisa Gatewood, Katherine’s aunt, insists that every well-bred young lady must be made ready for her debut into English society and ready for marriage – frustration sets in with all the curtsy practice involved. Lady Gatewood aided Katherine in creating a list of qualifications for her future husband. He would need to be a man of wealth and title.
Let us refer to Katherine as Kate from here on. Before coming to London from Berkshire, England – a bit of family history. Kate would have inherited Highland Hall, but lost control of her inheritance upon her father’s death. Her second cousin William Ramsey had taken her father’s title as baronet and became the master of Highland Hall as well as her guardian until she married. Highland Hall in Berkshire had been partially destroyed by fire necessitating a move to Ramsey House in London. Much of this story concentrates on Julia Foster and her family. Jonathan Foster, her brother, was a medical student intending to return to India to continue the mission his family had begun. Jon was employed by Dr. Pittsford who had moved his practice to the East End of London, a slum full of danger. Jon lived in William’s home in London. A wedding for William and Julia was in the future. There was already strife between William and his brother David.
A nervous Kate had made a big faux pas at her presentation before royalty. Imagine the uproar from Aunt Louisa! Jon’s shoulder was available for Kate’s commiseration. More trouble abounds when Kate’s lady’s maid learns her unmarried sister Helen is pregnant and in an abusive situation. However at her debut, she met Edward Wellington who met every detail of her list. Could this be her future husband? Edward asked to court her, but was strongly influenced by his parents. Then, emanated the big scandal involving Williams brother David. Edward dropped out of the picture and Jon and Kate began to fall in love.
All of this and more creates a novel reminiscent of Downton Abbey….and I am fond of that series. Ms. Turansky weaves together fascinating facts, mystery, humor, and faith in God and well developed characters with accurately researched Edwardian etiquette. I am not at all certain how Carrie Turansky gives such a great pen to her ideas, but I am glad she is an expert doing so. I am in awe of her writing – naturally making it all about God’s answers. If you haven’t read The Governess of Highland Hall, I suggest you do before you read The Daughter of Highland Hall. Both are stand-alone novels – that go together. I am certainly looking forward to the third book, A Refuge at Highland Hall. Might Ms.Turansky bring war and the wounded into this novel? We won’t know unless we read it!
( I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group for my review.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…….
Born and raised in Oregon, my heart longs for tall evergreens, the rugged Oregon Coast, and the pristine Cascade Mountains. . . but I presently live in beautiful, but very flat, central New Jersey. This is the Garden State, so we enjoy shopping at our local farmers’ market for sweet corn and juicy tomatoes or picking strawberries, blueberries, and peaches at local farms. We are close to Princeton University, Philadelphia, and New York City, so we sometimes take day trips in and enjoy museums, plays, and touring around.
I am married to Scott and we have five great kids, two lovely daughters-in-law, a wonderful son-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren. My roles of wife, mother, and grandma are very rewarding and fulfilling for me. Scott and I partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church we helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends. Our ministry at Calvary has been very gratifying and exciting for us. We feel blessed to have the privilege of serving the Lord with these dear frineds. If you would like to know more about Calvary Chapel Living Hope you may visit our website at http://www.takejesushome.com.
My husband is the author of several great parenting books filled with practical insight and godly wisdom. We invite you to visit our ministry website for parenting tips, articles, resources and much more. That web site is www.biblicalparenting.org.
I have been writing since 1999 and have published several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction is my passion, and I thank the Lord for all the creative ideas and characters He puts in my mind and heart. I am very thankful for friends and family who have believed in me and encouraged me on my writing journey.
When I’m not writing you will find me enjoying time with my family, working outside in my flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near our home.