Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

From the publisher:
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. 


This is the second book in the Edwardian Brides series, but if you have not read the first book you will still be able to enjoy this novel. But I do recommend reading Governess of Highland Hall because it is also a great read.

Carrie Turnasky does an excellent job of character development with both Katherine and Jon but especially with Katherine.  As her character goes through changes the reader can appreciate what is happening because Carrie shows the changes and does not simply tell you.  

I felt the story was engaging and well paced.  There were a few subplots that all wove into the greater plot of Katherine and Jon's but were definitely intriguing.  There were also hints at a budding romance for another book.

Faith was brought into the novel but it was done in a natural way as Jon and his sister Julia are very strong in their faith.  The spiritual conversations were not forced but enhanced the book.  

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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