Friday, October 31, 2014

The Daughter of Highland Hall - Edwardian Brides 2 - by Carrie Turansky

About the book: 

The Daughter of Highland Hall || Book 2, Edwardian Brides (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014)
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 review: I really enjoyed this story set in one of my favorite time periods, the Downton Abbey era.  It's hard to believe life was so different only a hundred years ago.  I really liked the characters in the story, all except Katherine's aunt, who was so negative and critical it really got on my nerves.  I felt really bad for the situation Katherine found herself in, but I admired the way she handled it.  I really liked her feistiness, though it sometimes got her into trouble!  I really liked Jon and the strong man of faith he was.  There's a wonderful spiritual message in the story, about truly knowing God in a relationship as opposed to just knowing about Him.  Many of the characters exhibit a strong faith.  I loved the focus on helping the poor and that both Jon and Kate had to choose what kind of future they wanted and that God wanted for them.  The romance is sweet as you see Jon and Kate fall for each other, but she believes she must marry a man who will inherit a title and wealth, while he thinks she is falling for someone else.  I liked the multiple viewpoints, including one of the servants, and the story line about her sister who had run away was interesting, along with the sub-plot of William's brother being investigated for murder!  I would recommend reading book one as this story takes place not long after and continues the story of William and Julia's romance, along with the stories of the other characters.  I highly recommend this book if you like historical romance!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author: 

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.

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