Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review - The Daughter of Highland Hall


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.


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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This is book two in the Edwardian Brides series. I did not read the first book in the series (although I intend to now) and was never lost or left to wonder what was going on. It stands alone as it's own story, which I'm always so glad of.  This book is set in Britain during the early 1900's and I just love this time period. The author does a wonderful job of setting the scenes and giving us background for this time period.

Katherine comes from a prosperous family and because the estate has passed to her cousin, she needs to find a husband from the high society she is from to insure that her future is secure. Her aunt is very much a part of this search for just the right suitor and, hopefully, husband for Katherine. Everything in her life is about parties, money, and being with the right people at the right time.

Suddenly, everything is changed in Katherine's life when a family member is thrust into a scandal Suddenly, all the invitations to society parties and events stop coming for Katherine and she is forced to rethink and do something else to keep a low profile.
She has met Jon Foster and is very intrigued with him. He is a medical student who is volunteering in the poorest neighborhoods  where people live in complete contrast to what she is used to. Katherine decides to volunteer in these clinics for the poor and hope that the family scandal blows over. What she learns and gets from this experience is far more than she imagined. She realizes that the things she has been focused on don't matter and she feels a calling from God to do this. Her faith grows and we see her mature in so many ways.

I really like this book because it does focus on faith and doing for others. I love seeing the growth in Katherine as she gives her life over to God's will. I really enjoyed this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

You can read more review of this book HERE

Blessings - Julie

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